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Organix

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5.0 out of 5 stars wow... Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD is making me feel bad about giving some of my other favorite bands 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, I stand by all of my ratings on albums, but this is just amazing. It's rough, and it sounds a bit like it was recorded in someone's bathroom, but it's just great jazz music with some good MC's who sound good and sound like they're having a good time. Essaywhamah!?!?! Live is a great intro to an otherwise good track that was included on "Do You Want More!?!?!", but it also shows that even in 1993, they could make a crowd go nuts over their great sound.
If you look at the albums after this one (example being the notes to "? vs. Scratch pt. 2" on "Things Fall Apart"), they talk about a time when they were entering talent shows for money and just taking the prize every time, and it's kind of an album that sounds like they were small on the verge of being larger than life. It's an amazing look at how small of a blip on the radar something could be, yet how great it really might be too.
The fact that they were and are doing things that other bands don't dare to do is what I love about the Roots and I really do love all of their albums, but this is my favorite. Too bad it's so hard to find and usually expensive, but it's WORTH IT.
What they lack in Production on this album (it's still not bad, either, mind you, it's just not as slick as some of the more upscale recordings that came out later) they definitely make up for in quality music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is that the Inspector Gadget Theme song? Jan. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Installment 3 of 4 of my reviews of The Roots'studio albums (Phrenology will be included after i hear it).
I will get right to it. If you are not a Roots fan already and you are experimenting with this rap band in which you have heard so much about...you need to click on Do you want More??!!!?! or Things Fall Apart. I feel these albums are better for one who is just getting into the band, due to the fact that this album is very raw...which isn't bad but i think TFA and Do You.. are a little more upbeat and better to hook you on for the ride. now onto the actual review...Organic: Instrumental; acting as instruments of nature or of art to a certain destined function or end. that says it right there. this is The Roots most raw album. the album's backbone is a string bass and the spinal chord is backed by the roots drummer and most famous member
?uestlove (?uest=quest). i like this album because it shows where the Roots came from but to some people's like or dislike the lyrics don't have as strong a message as "Things Fall Apart." This Album (organix) as all Roots album should be listened to in thier entirety the first few times. but this album has no one track that i would take out and put in a playlist of mine(where as the other do). it is just a full album that is like one continuing concert in CD form. i recommend this album if you are already a Roots fan.
"Is that the Inspector Gadget Theme song?"
What the hell was i talking about you ask? listen to the song "the anti-circle" you can't miss it.
also for the really acute music ear there is a faint guitar riff that sounds alike like "You're all i need(remix)" by method man and Mary J. Blige in the beginning of "common dust".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debuts Are Always The Best June 12 2004
By Junny
Format:Audio CD
Wu-Tang Clan - 36 Chambers, Nas - Illmatic, The Roots - Organix. Spot the diffrence: The Roots are the only ones who've maintained a good quality of music since their debut. I think everyone is with me when I say that Nas and Wu-Tang have gone drastically downhill after their fantastic debuts. I believe this is because it is difficult to keep up the high quality brought to us in these debuts. However, The Roots are the exception. Anyone with a debut as original and inventive as 'Organix' would find it difficult to keep up a similar standard in future albums... apart from The Roots. A fantastic hip hop band with tremendous talent and this album is one of a few which makes us feel proud to live in a world of good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is all Freestyling July 14 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
This is when they were all for Freestyling and made an album for there live appearences back in 93.In many ways this is like a demo tape.The quality however is far superior to most demo tapes.The raps are mostly sick freestyle rhymes.
Lyrics 9/10 Production 9/10 X Factor 9/10 Classic 8/10 Me 10/10
Overall 45/50 This album gets 4.5 Mics great
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Of That Organic Hip Hop Jazz (4.5 Stars) March 23 2005
By Norfeest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're already a fan of The Roots, then run out and get this album. Actually, anyone that claims to love rap music should experience this album at least once. The production is more stripped down when compared to later releases, but the raw energy dispensed by this album more than makes up for it. You can tell that they hadn't quite begun to gel as a group yet (they hadn't even settled on a name yet because the refer to themselves as SQT or The Square Roots on several occasions), but they still manage to create the same magic vibe that's present on their other albums. You can tell that this was a young, hungry group that had a great time making a fun album. You can hear the jazz influence throught out the entire album. Be warned though, you won't find any appearances from Ursula Rucker, Rahzel, Scratch, or Dice Raw. It's still a tight LP though.

There are one or two rough spots on the album though. "The Session", while incredibly dope, is a bit long-winded (12:45). And there are times when the production can be VERY dry. All complaints about this album end there.

In short: This album is basically a rough draft of what was to come later on down the road. It's dope, but it's also stripped down and raw......and this listener loved it. I highly reccomended picking up this album if you want to witness the magic and early hunger of a classic group. The Roots never drop anything wack and this album is no exception.

Standout Tracks: Leonard I-V, The Anti-Circle, Good Music, Essaywhuman!!! (Live At The Soulshack), Grits, Pass The Popcorn (My Favorite), The Session (Longest Posse Cut In History), and Popcorn Revisited

P.S. - Whoever was responsible for the marketing and promotion of this album should've been demoted to the mail boy or something. The lack of promotion for this album borders on criminal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Face of Jazz to Come Dec 25 1999
By "davisanimal" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Q-Tip, from A Tribe Called Quest, says within their track Excursions: "Back in the days when I was a teenager - before I had status and before I had a pager - you could find the abstract, listenin' to hip-hop - my pops used to say it reminded him of bebop". The Roots bring this connection to life within Organix. A masterful album, their first and best, Hip-Hop's brightest illustrate the future of Jazz and quality music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IN THE LLL WAS I???? Dec 17 2005
By Reeseereece - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember becoming aware of exactly who the Roots were (like the majority of their fans not raised in Philly, I suspect) thru the video "What They Do" from "Iladelph Halflife", which featured Raphael Saadiq...Huge fan of Tony, Toni, Tone; thought this was a new group, dug the video, end of story...Fast forward to 1999 and "Things Fall Apart"...By this time, I'm totally digging Erykah Badu and am totally impressed with the production of "Baduism", thanks in large part to the Roots(I read all credits on everything I buy)...Decided to buy "TFA" and bought "Illadelph Halflife" at the same time...Upon listening to both, I immediately made it my mission to get my hands on any and everything they'd ever done...Imagine my surprise when I finally get my hands on "Organix" (in 2000), seven years after its release, to find it's their best project and in my opinion, is still better than 90% of what has been released since then...Mind you, I don't claim to be a hip-hop head, but in the beginning, pre-NWA, I bought more than my fair share of rap and hip-hop(y'all know the difference, right?), both what was popular enough to get airplay and what was decidedly "undergound", so I can only deduce that I was in a COMA in my early twenties(as the DJs and know-nothing radio programmers in my hometown must've also been) because I cannot believe that as good as this joint is, it took me and the industry at large at least five or six years to catch up (wake up is more like it) and give these brothas their due...Granted by the early nineties, I was a full grown woman(as grown as 22, 23 can be) and was no longer loving hip-hop and it's depiction of women, but there were a few groups that didn't sell out to the whole misogynistic, gansta gansta thing that was (and is) selling large, but I digress...The difference (imo) between this and what was popular back in "93 is that Black Thought is clearly a poet, a lyricist, if you will, and not just a rapper...For example, MosDef--poet; JaRule--rapper; Common--poet, 50 Cent--rapper; Talib Kweli--poet; you get the idea...And the band on a whole is ridiculous...Don't believe me, check out Jay-Z "Unplugged"; the Roots is the band that backed him up on that set...Anyway, you don't have to be a hip-hop head to appreciate the art of this work...I like to think that "Organix" is a perfect example of what can happen when a group as talented as this is left to their own devices to do what they do, and execs stay the LLL out of the way and allow them to lead and not follow for the sake of record sales...And I'm glad to report that I have since come back to the fold and am loving hip-hop (not just rap) again...
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Production, A lot of Creativity April 17 2005
By Manuel Placencia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fan of The Roots have to secretly tell themselves that this is one of the bands best albums. Personally, I discovered The Roots after some time they were already in the game, but that does not diminish how much I believe this album is one of the best ever. The blend of raw, organic instruments with incredible, fresh, eye (and ear) dropping rhyming spits by Black Thought can prove that true hip hop does not have to have the expletives, the mysogynism, and materialism other second-rate "artists" display. What you can tell from The Roots in this album is that their love of music, and overall creativity, is evident in their music. This album also transcends time, as while this album was made in 1993, the music here can still be played, full blast on 12" Infinity subs, and can still carry a groove.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Classics Jan. 2 1999
By Odey C. Ukpo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first thought that "Do You Want More!?!" was the Roots first album. So I was surprised to discover this gem. You'll recognize some of the beats in this album, which have been taken by later artist. Such as a portion of "You're All That I Need", by Method Man. It is sad to see that that song was a hit, but where the beat came from is not recognized. You could lay back and close your eyes and feel the soothing relaxation feeling while listening to this CD. The Roots are destined to be hip-hop legends, but also as one of the least recognized. All of their albums (which are 3 with another one coming out) are hip hop classics. Hip hop heads need to wake up and listen to the real, and remember "Don't believe the hype!" (Flava Flav). Peace to the real hip hop!
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