Because the Roots
were pioneering a new style during the early '90s, the band was forced to draw its own blueprints for its major-label debut album. It's not surprising then, that Do You Want More?!!!??!
sounds more like a document of old-school hip-hop than contemporary rap. The album is based on loose grooves and laid-back improvisation, and where most hip-hoppers use samples to draw songs together and provide a chorus, the Roots
just keep on jamming. The problem is that the Roots
' jams begin to take the place of true songs, leaving most tracks with only that groove to speak for them. The notable exceptions -- "Mellow My Man" and "Datskat," among others -- use different strategies to command attention: the sounds of a human beatbox , the great keyboard work of Scott Storch
, and contributions from several jazz players (trombonist Joshua Roseman
, saxophonist Steve Coleman
and vocalist Cassandra Wilson
). By the close of the album, those tracks are what the listener remembers, not the lightweight grooves.