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Rising Down Explicit Lyrics

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 29 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000ZK08HK
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Pow Wow
2. Rising Down featuring Mos Def & Styles P
3. Get Busy featuring Dice Raw & Peedi Peedi
4. @ 15
5. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)
6. Becoming Unwritten
7. Criminal featuring Truck North & Saigon
8. I Will Not Apologize featuring Porn & Dice Raw
9. I Can't Help It featuring Malik B., Porn, Mercedes Martinez & Dice Raw
10. Singing Man featuring Porn, Truck North & Dice Raw
11. Unwritten featuring Mercedes Martinez
12. Lost Desire featuring Malik B. & Talib Kweli
13. The Show featuring Common & Dice Raw
14. Rising Up featuring Wale & Chrisette Michele

Product Description

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.

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Grammy award winning hip hop outfit The Roots release their tenth studio album with mixed results.
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.
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The Roots come through with a total and complete album of pure hip-hop. ?ouestlove creating beats like it was nothing. Straight up bangers include "Get Busy" (Ft. Peedi Peedi & Dice Raw), "Rising Up" (Ft. Wale & Chrisette Michele) "Lost Desire" (Ft. Malik B & Talib Kweli), "The Show" (Ft. Common & Dice Raw) & Lastly "Unwritten" (Ft. Mercedes Martinez). This album contains even more hits. Pick it up, buy it, no regrets afterwords, dont need to turn to the music let everyone hear it blasting from the curb, aha! Enjoy kid!
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fast shipping and good CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sing Me A Song Singing Man June 9 2008
By The Gorgeous JR - Published on
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The album has two halves...tracks 1-7 and then tracks 8-15. The first half of the album comes charging out of the gate and is a little bit more progressive in structure and sounds, etc. The 2nd half goes more toward simple verse/chorus/verse, not very melodic sing a song mite think that the Roots are being lazy, or not trying or just plain sold out, but its just a simpler approach that is different for them.

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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Roots Roots!!! Sept. 3 2008
By Z. Finch - Published on
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I can't think of any other hip hop group or solo artists that grabs me like the roots. I was sold on the roots when I heard and saw the seed video. Went to the store and picked up things Fall Apart. After that I can barely listen to anything else besides my reggae.

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!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Sept. 30 2008
By Erik Kim Sandved - Published on
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Awesome album by the Roots... expect nothing less. This album gets a 4/5 star because there are too many songs that are not songs like The Pow Wow and @15. Lots would disagree with me but its just a personal opinion.
I dig the socially/politically conscious hip hop the Roots is into. Some thought provoking rhymes and they sound dope!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It sounds good - it is good April 30 2008
By Music Lover 327 - Published on
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First let me say that this one does indeed fall short of Game Theory. Game Theory was the best album of its year - in any genre - in my opinion. Production was fantastic and lyrically they were at the top of their game. Rising Down does have many of the same qualities, but the songs and the production is not quite as dynamic as Game Theory. I mean there is not as much variety from song to song or within song as the Roots Crew has shown in the past. For example, a lot of the songs have a similar-sounding refrain part to them. This was evident in only a couple of songs on Game Theory. Don't get me wrong - this is still a 4.5 star album and will probably be one of my favorites of the year. There is still tons of creativity and passion here, and you will not go wrong by adding this one to your collection.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album May 1 2008
By Jeremy T. Raff - Published on
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I had some pretty high expectations for this album as their previous one, Game Theory, remains one of my favorite albums of all time. The cd starts out incredibly hard hitting, and kicks things off well. its softens a bit as it continues but the quality remains. It takes a few listens to really grasp it as a whole, but i actually think it flows a lot better than game theory did. I would highly recommend this, and its a steal at $9.97