Rising Down

The Roots - Rising Down
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2008 Ratings: #143 / 758
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2008 Ratings: #113
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April 29, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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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.

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
Awesome cool good music album hip hop
Ok favorite song happy birthday girl
It’s okay, but definitely the weakest and least focused Roots album I’ve encountered. Couple gems here and there.

highlights: 75 BARS, rising down, lost desire, the show

lowlight: i can’t help it
Much like its predecessor Game Theory, Rising Down gives us a slightly darker sound than we were used to on earlier Roots albums. Stripped down sonically, with intelligent socio-conscious lyrics throughout – Rising Down is a great album and among the most under-appreciated within The Roots’ discography.

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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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