Throwback Thursday- The Roots

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.

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4 replies

  1. Loved it!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading

  3. I have so much respect for the Roots. One of my favorite rap groups of all time because their true musicians.
    Thanks for sharing that video, somehow, i missed that one back in the day, dang.

    • Glad you enjoyed it! I meant to mention this in the article but a lot of people didn’t realize that Eve was the rapper on that song. I also heard that the hook was originally written for Jill Scott but she was on tour with the musical Rent at the time and couldn’t record

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