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Do You Want More [Explicit Lyrics]

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From Philly street corner buskers to hip-hop pioneers to perpetually touring live act to late-night television house band, legendary hip-hop group The Roots have never been one to rest on their laurels. After more than 15 years, the critically acclaimed, award-winning band continues to reinvent themselves and remains one of music’s most enduring and forward-thinking groups.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 17, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: January 17, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Typically, we're better off ignoring the boasts of a rapper who claims to describe his own music, but when the Roots' lead voice Black Thought opens up his group's debut album by saying, "You are all about to witness some organic hip-hop jazz," it's a good idea to listen up. Organic is a fitting adjective for a hip-hop crew whose m.o. is as different from the typical studio-locked DJ/MC combo as grass is to Astroturf.

Nothing wrong with a little artificial grazeland, of course, but the Roots are making tasty roughage that blooms into real songs, where raps wind around bass, drums, keys, and horns, and where instruments coil up to voice cadences--where music and lyrics meet and grow together naturally, not coincidentally. You can hear the Roots' heart pump hardest when they pull off the things loops and samples cannot: just check the vocal/instrument interchanges of "Essaywhuman?!!!??!" or the left-turn instrumental digression midway through "Mellow My Man" to witness the living sounds of rap.

The Roots' Philadelphia-based groove collective build slick acid jazz playing around the smooth East Coast rhyming of A Tribe Called Quest and wild West Coast freestyling to create sounds as formless and fluid as jazz, but never unrecognizable as hip-hop. The music picks up where the mad scatting and melodic trills of L.A.'s defunct Freestyle Fellowship left off, and wakes up the tired hype of jazz/rap cross-polination to new possibilities. The roots of this kind of fusion have long been around, though perhaps these Roots are hope for a new dawning. --Roni Sarig

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic amoung any genre February 4, 2005
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This is without a doubt my favorite Rap album of all time. It's not the best album I have nor is it the best I've ever heard. But, I can claim that since I bought it in 1994 it's the cd I listen to the most. Even on a yearly basis, looking back at what I've listened to the most this album comes out on top. That should say something to you about the quality of "Do You Want More"

Do You Want More, more than any of The Roots other albums, makes it obvious that they are playing their instruments ALL the way through. They strayed away from this later in there careers, not necessarily a bad thing, but this album is the only one were they could legitimately play every song, front to back, all elements on stage. Every drum beat, bass strum, sax riff, has that distinct authentic sound. While "Things Fall Apart" musically constructed is their best, this album is defiantly more on the Jazzy tip.

Black Thought has only gotten better as time has gone by, but true Roots purists desperately miss Malik and Dice Raw's insane cameo's. The last time the group was intact like that was "Things Fall Apart". Sure having Talib and others on the newer albums is great... but no one complements Black Thought like Malik consistently and know one can put on as many show stoppers as Dice. ?Luv even gets on the mic in this album. The lyrical complexity is not as dense, but that brash improve is defiantly here. I dare you to find a wack rhyme.

Do You Want More has everything. A lot of laid back jams, live, improv, intense tracks with lyrics to match, experimental, funny stories, poetry, somber retrospectives... and it somehow all flows together perfectly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Hip Hop January 22, 2001
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I bought this album back in 95. I havent stopped listening to it since. I remember people at my school had no idea who The Roots were. I told them "You will soon enough". Unfortunately it took about 4 more years until the rest of the world found out who these guys were. I have every Roots album (Including the somewhat hard to find "Organix CD) and I must admit this is there best. The beats are hypnotizing. The rhymes are just pure improvinizational masterpieces!! Everything on this album works. In a time when a lot of hip hop is just glamorizing and showboating...its refreshing to hear music like this. Ok I'll stop boring everyone just go out and buy this album you wont be dissapointed!!!!!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Organic Hip Hop Jazz March 24, 2001
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Flashback to the Hip Hop scene of 1993-1994. To parallel the jazz split between East Coast Hard Bop and West coast cool of the late 50s, is the emergence of the G-funk movement in the west as East coast rappers grew progressively hardcore and millitant. Musically, this would be a low point for afficionados of this genre who refused to be polarized into either extreme. Enter the Roots.
While previous forays into merging hip hop and jazz (see A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets) relied heavily on sampling, the Roots must surely be unique with a sound crafted with acoustic instruments from very competent musicians. With a name like "Black Thought", resident lyricist with the Roots, one would expect his message to be peppered with heavy political overtones. Not quite. With a flow that relies heavily on scatting, he confesses to being "raised in the cellar with a rhythm like Ella", no doubt, a significant influence in his style.
Drummer Ahmir Thompson is the instrumental musician holding down the mix. That much is evident to the casual listener. He plays with a jazz sensitivity but his pounding backbeats lets the listener know that this is primarily a HipHop record. No simple task as most of todays acid jazz records feature a drummer wandering around aimlessly torn between the two genres. Thompson's work is even more impressive on D'Angelo's "Voodoo".
These days, the tracks on the album read like acid jazz classics. "Proceed", "I remain calm", "Mellow my man", and the live "Essaywhuman?!!!?" with a refreshing take on gospel influenced call and response. The self-described organic feel of the album contrasts directly with just about all else in Hip Hop.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the roots is rockin non stop! January 16, 2000
By robbie
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this is without a doubt one of the finest hip hop/jazz records i have had the pleasure of listening to. i enjoy mainly old school hip hop because the attitude of newer acts is swayed so heavily towards commercialism and image[see tupac,puffy etc.] however then i discovered the effortless flows of the roots. i'd put them in the same league as a tribe called quest which is not an easy task to achieve. if you've also lost faith in the new school then buy this record aswell as their new offering -as things fall apart, which is also tight. also check out jurassic 5, x-ecutioners, peanutbutter wolf, the invizible skratch piklz, & the beat junkies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Roots put the HIP in hip-hop. This album is ridiculously cool. I first saw The Roots, 2 years ago, on Chappelle's Show and I thought, "Yes, this is IT, this IS HIP-hop music" and I went out and bought "Phrenology" and enjoyed it thoroughly. And today, I finally picked up another album by this band. "Do You Want More?!!??!!" YES I DO!!! I've been in the dark about any of the other albums by the Roots, but now that I have this one, I will eventually own the entire catalog. I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!! I mostly listen to jazz/blues/funk, anything with that groovin' element. When I was listening to samples of this album in the store, I couldn't believe how funkin grooven it was, then I heard the verse on "Mellow My Man" where ?uestlove drops in the swingin' jazz beat under Black Thought's rhyme, I had to purchase this. I can't wait to get more of The Roots. I could go on and on about this band. After hearing this, YOU WILL WANT MORE!!!!

Rhymes - 100% free of bling, bling BS, thoughtful and cool

Drums - Jam packed into the pocket, tight as can be, I mean, it's ?uestlove, whatta ya expect?

The Music - Mellow, tasteful, totally groovin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Russell Arrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I want more.
Yes, I wanted more. Sill it is a good disc though.
Published 2 months ago by Calvin B. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars the "unlocking" with Ursula Rucker's poetry.
Blow my mind in '95 when I first hear this album. Had a 50+1 cd player with two giant speakers.
Published 3 months ago by Big Willie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
Really enjoyed this one, it's not for everyone but it is for me. I would recommend it to any Roots fan.
Published 4 months ago by Dodi
5.0 out of 5 stars another roots classic
Great album with some nice jazzy blues hip hop. So glad I bought this album. Another classic album BY the roots.
Published 8 months ago by Matt Shepley
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for radio
I really wanted to put this record on the air but could not due to the fluid use of the MF word. You guys must be flush with cash if you don't need airplay... Read more
Published 12 months ago by noAddedValue
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Want More?.....Yes I Do! The Roots Deliver!
a true hip-hop classic from a legendary hip-hop group. If you're not familiar with the ROOTS material, this is a great place to begin.
Published 12 months ago by Randy Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of their work
If you are new to the music of The Roots, this is the place to start. From beginning to end it is easily the most accessible (and entertaining) album they ever made.
Published 17 months ago by J. Roper
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want more
classic album by a classic hip hop group, i now own every roots album! this is definitlely worth spending your money on!
Published 20 months ago by Grant Roberts
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the Roots with Jimmy Fallon ... HATE rap!
This is not the fault of the Roots. I just didn't realize this disc would be rap! AAAArrrrrggggg! 'nough said.
Published 23 months ago by Dave Wallace
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