MINI BLOG: Organix

The Roots – Organix (1993)
Hmm … as hip and relevant as The Roots have always been in conversation, this debut album sure smacks more of old school jazz than hip hop. And that, ultimately, is the undoing of this – dare I say it? – overrated band: they actually combine the weaknesses of both genres. The musicians seem forced to continually play the same “live” sample ad nauseum while MC Black Thought scats/raps musical phrases more often than actual words. When it works, it works, but multiple sittings of “songs” 5+ minutes in length border on the tedious. I’m not so aware of any of The Roots music so maybe their later records justify their pervasive praise. [3.5/10.0] Ok

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