Do Remember: The Roots – Silent Treatment (Video)
In the last week, The Roots’ sophomore album Do You Want More?!!!??! turned 20 years old. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania band’s first foray with the Top 200 and the charts altogether, D.Y.W.M. was recorded throughout 1993 and 1994, following the collective’s debut, Organix. On some early editions, the DGC (Geffen Records) release began at track #18, making itself the next track following the aforementioned ’93 premier release.
The album was recorded, in part, at Chinatown, Philadelphia’s Trocadero—still an active club, bar, and concert venue today. Around the corner, other sessions were tracked at Sigma Sounds, the same studios where David Bowie recorded the seminal Glam Rock concept album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, and MFSB’s Love Is The Message, and Whitney Houston’s nine-times-platinum Whitney album.
Guest personnel on Do You Want More?!!!??! included constant affiliate Dice Raw, as well as singer Ursula Rucker, while production credits would be allocated to The Roots’ drummer/band-leader Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, as well as lead MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. In and out of The Roots throughout their history, Rahzel, joined by Thought, Rachel Graham, and Sista Urban, collected credits on popular album cut, “Lazy Afternoon.”
This LP debuted Grand Negaz, a pseudonym for many of The Roots, as producers. This included Thought, Quest, the late Richard Nichols, A.J. Shine, Kelo, and then-band-member Scott Storch. Beyond D.Y.W.M., the collective would garner credits on Common’s One Day It’ll All Make Sense, MC Solaar’s Solaar Power EP, and The Roots’ follow-up, 1996’s Illadelph Halflife.
Third single, “Silent Treatment,” is one of the enduring highlights from the ’95 LP. Captured in a black & white, intimate video, the group’s object of affection Amina is portrayed, while instruments, session playing, and rapping are dimly highlighted amidst a Philly record store (prominently featuring Roots promo posters). Relationship Rap, this song was its own “Passin’ Me By,” set to a different beat and timbre.
Do You Want More?!!!??!! is far from the best-selling, most award-winning, or most talked-about Roots LP, but to many Heads, it is The Roots’ finest hour.
What say you?
#BonusBeat: Heads can’t sleep on the “Silent Treatment (Beatminerz Remix)” either… Mr. Walt and Evil Dee are dearly missed from the regular remix circuit.