The Roots- Organix! (1993)

Originally self-released and sold at their European shows back in ’93 (Wiki) this album propelled the Roots onto commercial success. While relatively unknown, this is one of hip-hop’s cornerstone albums bridging the gap between “old school” and 90’s era rap.
The Roots have a drummer. That’s how good they are. They’re jazz influenced with spoken word parts, Rahzel was with them… they are so much a part of hip-hop that they can and do reject the whole “bling” factor that defiles so much of the genre.
I hunted for years for this album, when it was re-released in 1998 I bought it… and was profoundly disappointed. It isn’t a hip-hop release that grabs the listener, it is more art. Now, nineteen years later it is apparent that this is one of the albums that bridged the gap between old school, free-styling rap (like The Sugar Hill Gang) and the commercially marketed sound that dominates pop culture.
Organix! is a must have for the serious digital music collection, and for the same reasons as Benny Goodman, Beetoven and Elvis, while not everyone’s cup of tea it’s still good music.