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2008 release from the Grammy Award-winning Hip Hop trailblazers. Garnering critical praise throughout their career, The Roots have firmly established themselves as a band with uncompromised artistic control and integrity. With Rising Down, the band's 10th album release, The Roots continue to take bolder steps adding new depths and range to their repertoire. Standout tracks include 'Criminal' (a reflection of life on the streets and unjust persecution), 'I Will Not Apologize' (a tribute to Fela Kuti that discusses keeping dignity in the music biz) and 'I Can't Help It' (a look at addictions and urges that compel us all). The Pop-infused first single, 'Birthday Girl', features Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. Additional guests on the album include Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Saigon, Dice Raw, Wale, Chrisette Michele and others.
Top Customer Reviews
There are some great collaborations and typically hard-hitting lyrics, but while it prides itself on being far removed from the generic `gangsta' sound dominating mainstream hip-hop at the moment, it lacks some really killer beats.
The usual cast of cameos makes its appearances - Common, Dice Raw, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, among others.
Maybe they got lost on the politics, though, as there seems to be more emphasis on the lyrics than usual. As drummer and band leader Amir "Questlove" Thompson puts it: "This record is about 2008 being an election year, about record crime figures, high school drop-out figures, about being in your mid-thirties and working 300 nights a year".
Indeed, the political nature of "Rising Down" is not only heard in the music, as the title of the album comes from William T Vollmann's treatise on violence, entitled "Rising Up and Rising Down".
As such, it's an album of its time, that has plenty to say to those willing to listen.
It is mature and The Roots certainly seem to be growing in confidence with each new release.
But while its admirable in content, it would have been better to hear a few more killer cuts.
It is not the easiest or prettiest album to listen to. The Roots demand some attention,
My highlights: "Criminal","Singing Man", and "Lost Desire".
And there's a laidback quality to the sensual "Rising Up", featuring some fine swirling piano and a good vocal trade-off between Tariq's urban flow and Chrisette Michelle's soulful backing.
While the aforementioned tracks really do stand out, the album could have used more of them.Read more ›
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I find myself jamming to the CD when it does come on even though only a couple tracks are really memorable within their cannon of work. But overall, its a solid CD with the Roots trying out different things...this time I guess they went simple with it, and rose up the first half of the album, then rose down the 2nd half? Either way, if youre a fan of 80% of their work, you can appreciate this album.
Stand Out Tracks: Rising Down, Criminal, and Singing Man
The Roots (and guests) are the most under rated, intelligent, real, creative group out there. The issues they touch on are not dark to me as some people say. But in my opinion "REAL" issues that need attention. I can't see how anybody can hate on any of their joints.
The thing that took me awhile to realize is that the way they number all their tracks means something. They're moving forward not back. Which I interpret as nothing is going to sound the same. It's all original. Besides Rising Down and Game Theory nothing they drop sounds the same. (Not to say GT or RD lack originality but they did have the same tone.) Couple that with the issues they touch on and the way it's presented means it's just non stop heat coming from a group that will still be dropping blazin hot tracks for many years to come. Much love to The Roots from Seattle's biggest roots fan!!
I dig the socially/politically conscious hip hop the Roots is into. Some thought provoking rhymes and they sound dope!