Rising Down

The Roots - Rising Down
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2008 Ratings: #139 / 735
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2008 Ratings: #87
April 29, 2008 / Release Date
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Def Jam / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

78
Pitchfork

It's gotten to the point where I can't even imagine the Roots being soft anymore. Not to be dismissive of their first few albums, which were thoughtful without being mushy or maudlin, but their three recent records-- the underrated/overhated alleged-sellout The Tipping Point, the Def Jam-released tightly knit return to rawness Game Theory, and now Rising Down-- are so singularly focused on a kind of distilled, uninhibited force that it's now difficult

to think of the Roots as anything but intelligently aggressive firebrands.

GABRIELinHELL
70
Good
mixtapesalsa
80
A proper companion to Game Theory, at least in tone, but suffers from several tracks with lazy hooks and lackluster guest spots. Still, when this album is hitting, it's hitting hard. "Rising Down" is a hell of a kickstart and "75 Bars" follows the same formula as "Thought @ Work" and "Web", lay a simple beat and let Black Thought shred it apart. We also get an introduction to the rapper with one of the worst names of all time, P.O.R.N., though it ends up ... read more
Atrocityblubber
85
a more darker version of game theory
88
The most underrated hip-hop record of the 2000's. That is all.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#17/Spin
#43/PopMatters

MISC LISTS

#223/SPIN (1985-2014)

Track List

  1. The Pow Wow 
  2. Rising Down - (featuring Mos Def/Styles P.) 
  3. Get Busy - (featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff/Dice Raw/Peedie Crakk/Peedi Peedi) 
  4. @ 15 
  5. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction) 
  6. Becoming Unwritten 
  7. Criminal - (featuring Saigon/Truck North) 
  8. I Will Not Apologize - (featuring P.O.R.N./Dice Raw) 
  9. I Can't Help It - (featuring Malik B./Mercedes Martinez/P.O.R.N./Dice Raw/Malik B.) 
  10. Singing Man - (featuring P.O.R.N./Dice Raw/Truck North) 
  11. Unwritten - (featuring Mercedes Martinez) 
  12. Lost Desire - (featuring Mailk B/Malik B./Talib Kweli) 
  13. The Show - (featuring Common/Dice Raw) 
  14. Rising Up - (featuring Chrisette Michele/Wale) 
  15. Hidden Track - (featuring Patrick Stump)

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