Rising Down

The Roots - Rising Down
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2008 Ratings: #142 / 775
User Score
Based on 111 ratings
2008 Ratings: #78
Liked by 5 people
April 29, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
theroots.com / Website
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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.

While not one of the better or more consistent records in The Roots' discography, it features some highlights that you absolutely cannot miss out on. Rising Down needs a placement on any Best Of The Roots collections, those Mos, P, and Thought verses paired with that immense beat are way too hard-hitting to ignore. 75 Bars is a nice, cutting track, Criminal drops plenty of knowledge, and I Can't Help It has an intoxicating, bassy feeling to it that just feels like you're drowning. Again, not ... read more
This is quite a lovely project from The Roots. It's not too bad, got some nice tracks, high highs. I wasn't much a fan of the interludes, however that freestyle when he was 15 is fire. I'd say that this project deserves a little more love, a little bit more recognition as one of the better Roots projects. The production was kind of strange again, but it's what I expected, and it wasn't bad. Yea overall pretty nice, definitely worth a listen.

The Pow Wow --- 5
Rising Down --- 10**
Get Busy --- ... read more
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
11/16. Fav Tracks: Rising Down; 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction); I Will Not Apologize; Singing Man; Lost Desire
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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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