In 1993, The Roots debuted with independently released album Organix, and signed to MCA records that same year. The Roots’ second album Do You Want More?!!!?! was released on Geffen. This album was unique in hip hop for using no sampling, and being embraced more by fans of alternative rock than fans of hip hop. This could be seen as a blessing and a curse. While it’s true that The Roots are actual musicians, Black Thought is a hell of a lyricist.
Do You Want More?!!!??! peaked at only number 104 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US. The third album Illadelph Halflife, peaked at number twenty-one on the Billboard 200. In 1999, The Roots’ fourth album Things Fall Apart became the band’s biggest success.
The album was certified gold in the US and its single “You Got Me” peaked at number thirty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100. “You Got Me” also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000. Through the years the Roots have consistently released new music and have managed to stay true to who they are.
Check it out: