25 Years Ago, The Roots Showed They Had Skills Even Before Questlove Had His Fro (Video)

BY AMANDA MESTER • BY AMANDA MESTER

On May 19, 1993, The Roots self-pressed and released Organix. Before the Grammys, The Tonight Show and international super-stardom, the Philadelphia crew frequently went by “The Square Roots” and its drummer spelled his name with a “?,” and sometimes he even rapped. Back then, Malik B., Leonard Hubbard, Josh “Rubberband” Abrams, Kid Crumbs and Scott Storch were members. Twenty-five years after the release of their debut album, Black Thought and Questlove are the only two remaining founding members, but they’ve managed to keep The Roots grounded.

Organix has maintained a relatively low profile, a rarity for debut albums from groups who go on to spawn a career as decorated as The Roots. With 1995’s Do You Want More?!!!??!, the group earned some major distribution courtesy of DGC Records (of David Geffen fame), but remnants of its predecessor are easily found on its track listing. “Essaywhuman?!!!??!” is a carryover from Organix and the two LPs play like a double album in many regards. During this era, The Roots were essentially a jam-band with a Hip-Hop influence (they made the touring circuit with acts like G. Love & Special Sauce and, in later years, The Dave Matthews Band) and Organix has that kind of unrehearsed, spontaneous quality to it.

The album was so extemporaneous, in fact, that the “video” for “Anti-Circle” is actually footage from two different video shoots pieced together. Abdul Stone Jackson, a director who shot material for both “Anti-Circle” and another Organix cut “Pass The Popcorn,” says on his YouTube channel of the former, “This footage was found along with the ‘Pass The Popcorn’ footage. I couldn’t sync this footage up [earlier] because of a camera malfunction during the filming. Thanks to today’s technology (Final Cut Pro HD) I was able to sync this up the best I could.” As such, the final product is raw but nonetheless satisfying.

Read the rest at AMBROSIA FOR HEADS

Views: 21

Reply to This

Best guide to hip hop, soul, reggae concerts & events in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles & New York City + music, videos, radio and more

Connect

Bookmark and Share

Subscribe to our EBlast

 Subscribe

Win Tickets

Hannibal Buress
Saturday, Sept 29 @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Jedi Mind Tricks
Sun, Sept 30 @ The Independent, SF

Lecrae x Andy Mineo
Wed, Oct 3 @ The Masonic, SF

How The West Won Ft. Ice Cube, Too Short +more!
Sat, Oct 13 @ Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View

Treasure Island Music Festival
Sat-Sun, Oct 13–14 @ Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland

TOP PICKS

Members

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Groups

Latest Activity

Editor's Pick posted discussions
39 minutes ago
Jonathan White posted events
48 minutes ago
Editor's Pick posted an event
Thumbnail

Talib Kweli at Cornerstone, Berkeley

December 9, 2018 at 7pm to December 10, 2018 at 2pm
SUNDAY, DEC 9Hip Hop for Change & …See More
1 hour ago
Indie Castle posted a blog post
4 hours ago
An event by Editor's Pick was featured
Thumbnail

Lecrae & Andy Mineo at The Masonic, San Francisco

October 3, 2018 from 7:30pm to 11pm
ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS. WINNER WILL BE DRAWN RANDOMLY AND ANNOUNCED 2 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT. WEDNESDAY, OCT 3Lecrae & Andy Mineo Better Late Than Never Tour@ The Masonic, San Francisco, CA 7:30pm>>…See More
15 hours ago
Editor's Pick updated an event
Thumbnail

GOLDEN ERA (Classic Hip Hop Night) at Hello Stranger Bar, Oakland

October 11, 2018 at 9pm to October 12, 2018 at 1:30am
THURSDAY, OCT 11 True Skool presents GOLDEN ERA 2nd ThursdaysFeaturing Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist (True Skool) spinning your favorite hip hop classics@ Hello Stranger Bar, 1724 Broadway, Oakland 9pm til 2am | No cover!RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641008442692131/ ABOUT REN THE VINYL…See More
15 hours ago
Editor's Pick updated an event
Thumbnail

Elevation feat. Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist @ Layover, Oakland (1st Fridays) at The Layover, Oakland, CA

October 5, 2018 at 10pm to October 6, 2018 at 2am
FRIDAY, OCT 5 True Skool & Layover present Elevation (1st Fridays)Elevating your mind, body and soul to new heights as you take a journey through musicWith your pilotRen the Vinyl Archaeologist (True Skool) @ The Layover, 1517 Frankin St, OaklandFREE before 9pm, $5 after, 21+, 10pm-2amClick here for Guest List:…See More
15 hours ago
Jon Schroeder is attending Editor's Pick's event
Thumbnail

Treasure Island Music Festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

October 13, 2018 at 12pm to October 14, 2018 at 10pm
ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS. WINNER WILL BE DRAWN RANDOMLY AND ANNOUNCED 2 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT.SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13–14 Treasure Island Music Festival One of the West Coast’s most celebrated and beloved music festivals that is produced by both Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, is proud to reveal the full music…See More
yesterday
Jon Schroeder is attending Editor's Pick's event
Thumbnail

Hannibal Buress at Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA

September 29, 2018 from 8pm to 11pm
ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS. WINNER WILL BE DRAWN RANDOMLY AND ANNOUNCED 2 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT. SATURDAY, SEPT 29 Hannibal BuressParamount Theatre,…See More
yesterday
Jon Schroeder replied to Editor's Pick's discussion 'Win Tickets'
"How do I enter the contest to win tix. This format seems different than it used to be but it's been a minute since I've been on here"
yesterday
Magassia Promotions posted a blog post

"Aint My Style" (Official Music Video) | K-Styles @kstylesworld

K-Styles releases visuals for his reflecting track "Aint My Style". The song dives into reflecting on how alot of the hip hop culture works is not how he handles situations and also includes some self reflection. "Aint My Style" is also available on all stream sites and online music stores.Connect With K-styles On Social Media:Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kstylesworldInstagram:…See More
yesterday
Editor's Pick posted a discussion

LOGIC’S VMA PERFORMANCE WAS A POWERFUL PROTEST AGAINST IMMIGRANT FAMILY SEPARATION

BY CHARLES HOLMES • 08/20/2018Logic triumphantly walked into the MTV Video Music Awards tonight (August 20) on a mission. Followed by 60 Latinx children wearing "we are all human beings" shirts, the Maryland rapper launched into a meaningful performance of "One Day" featuring Ryan Tedder. The moment was an artistic…See More
yesterday

Music

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service