The Roots Drop ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ Album – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Jan. 17, in hip-hop history...
1995: Legendary Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots made their major label debut when they dropped their sophomore album Do You Want More?!!!??! on Jan. 17, 1995.
Released under DGC/Geffen Records, the 16-track LP showed off the crew's impressive range in hip-hop and jazz, thus making it a quintessential fusion album among alternative fans. Prior to the album dropping, The Roots pushed the project with the lead single, "Distortion to Static," followed by "Proceed," "Mellow My Man" and "Silent Treatment."
The heartbeat of the album was the immersive and soulful live instrumentation, that feels like the band is taking through a musical journey. Production credits on Do You Want More?!!!??! ranged from Grand Negaz, Scott Storch and A.J. Shine to ?uestlove, Black Thought and beatboxer Rahzel.
The album flowed like one cohesive jam session, complete with a revolving door of friends, musicians and spoken word poets stopping by. In a time when the melding of jazz and hip-hop was considered the new frontier, The Roots conquered the territory like old pros. The album as a whole peaked at No. 22 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was certified gold by the RIAA in 2015.
Now 24 years since its release, Do You Want More?!!!??! is considered one of the strongest albums in The Roots' discography and a genre-blending jazz rap classic.
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