ARTIST: The Roots
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #93 R&B
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I don’t think so since this was independently released by the Roots, though some numbers stayed in the show for a while.
LINEUP: ?uestlove, Black Thought, Scott Storch, Malik B., Leonard Hubbard, Kid Crumbs and assorted guests
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Independent release by Philly hip-hop band creates a buzz and gets them signed.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Roots’ debut doesn’t have quite the focus of their later releases, but the modus operandi is clear. Instead of using sampled beats and instruments, they use their own powerful band, led by ?uestlove.
They sound like a fun, party band here, with several ‘posse cuts’ that include friends and relatives. Black Thought’s raps and rhymes are strong – there’s not enough of them, and you can’t deny the music put up by ?uestlove , Leonard Hubbard and Scott Storch.
Some intros and such are exiled, and the ‘posse’ cuts could go, really – one is over 12 minutes long! At any rate, this got charted when it was distributed here and got them signed, which was a great thing.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They made this CD to sell at their shows in Europe, originally.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: Sounds like a typical debut. A little unfocused and scattered. The building blocks are here, though, as long as they would lose the ‘posse’ cuts.