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The 50 Greatest Sophomore Albums in Hip-Hop History

36. The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??! (1995)

Label: DGC, Geffen

Most rap fans didn't catch on to The Roots until this major label release, since their first album, Organix, was originally only available at their live shows. Do You Want More?!!!??! showcases their unique brand of tight instrumentation, led by drummer ?uestlove and the sophisticated lyrical styles of Black Thought and Malik B, establishing the crew as something fresh and original in the increasingly formulaic hip-hop landscape.

"? Vs. Rahzel" introduced us to the talents of Rahzel's "Godfather of Noise" techniques, "The Unlocking" gave us Ursula Rucker and her intense poetry (a tradition they continued for the next two albums), "The Lesson Pt. 1" showcased a young Dice Raw, while "Distortion to Static" was an exercise in verbal warfare. Hip-hop's greatest band had officially arrived.

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