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The Roots: Rising Down

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    Grammy award winning hip-hop trailblazers The Roots are set to release Rising Down on April 29th via Def Jam Recordings. Known for their prolific lyrics and live instrumentation, the Legendary Philadelphia crew is composed of Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (vocals), Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (keyboards), Frank Knuckles (percussion), Kirk "Captain Kirk" Douglas (guitar) and Owen Biddle (bass). 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. The Roots co-founder ?uestlove states, "This is probably our most political album to date dealing with addiction, nihilism, hypocritical double standards in the prison system and overall life in Philadelphia. I'd say it's more mature and intense than all of our efforts but not a 'downer' as most people expect us to do." The political nature of Rising Down is not only heard within the music. The title comes from William T. Vollmann's treatise on violence entitled Rising Up and Rising Down, and the release date falls on the 16th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots sparked by the acquittal of the police officers accused of beating Rodney King. 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 more.

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    1. The Pow Wow
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    2. Rising Down
    featuring Mos Def (of Black Star); Styles P (of D-Block)
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots))
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    3. Get Busy
    featuring Dice Raw; Peedi Peedi
    Producers: The Roots; Ritz Reynolds
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    4. @15
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    5. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots))
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    6. Becoming Unwritten
    Producers: The Roots; Tahir Jamal; Radji Mateen; Khari Mateen
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    7. Criminal
    featuring Truck North; Saigon
    Producers: The Roots; Khari Mateen
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    8. I Will Not Apologize
    featuring P.O.R.N.; Dice Raw
    Producers: The Roots; Richard Nichols
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    9. I Can't Help It
    featuring Malik B. (formerly of The Roots); P.O.R.N.; Mercedes Martinez; Dice Raw
    Producers: The Roots; Richard Nichols
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    10. Singing Man
    featuring P.O.R.N.; Truck North; Dice Raw
    Producers: The Roots; Khari Mateen
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    11. Unwritten
    featuring Mercedes Martinez
    Producers: The Roots; Tahir Jamal; Radji Mateen; Khari Mateen
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    12. Lost Desire
    featuring Talib Kweli (of Black Star + Reflection Eternal); Malik B. (formerly of The Roots)
    Producers: The Roots; Khari Mateen
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    13. The Show
    featuring Common; Dice Raw
    Producers: The Roots; Tahir Jamal
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    14. Rising Up
    featuring Wale; Chrisette Michelle
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots)); James Poyser
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    4.2 Stars (4.2 Stars )
    Total Comments: 19
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/23/2013 6:39:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az/ hell
    Comment: Come on ya'll this is the ROOTS, don't front!!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/11/2011 5:02:00 AM; Partial IP: .145.62.81)
    Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
    Comment: Sounds like the guuys rating 1 star want a remake of an ablum from the 90's, This is 2008 era I wanna here somthing different..// good effort 4 star ablum
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/21/2009 1:23:00 PM; Partial IP: .79.204.20)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: Not there best effort but still pretty good. I thought the tip off was there worst album by far though.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/10/2008 6:17:00 PM; Partial IP: .146.13.52)
    Location: cali
    Comment: strong album. very few if any skippable tracks
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 6/10/2008 2:27:00 AM; Partial IP: .197.3.198)
    Location: the bay
    Comment: Thank you!!! the brotha from cali is tellin the truth! This is there worst performance by far. I remember the roots of old.. when musicianship actually mattered.. now, every track does sound the same.. throw a shitty sample on the bitch.. fuck the live drums (sorry quest) just use a sythisizer and top it off with some distorted lyrics.. the roots have always been the underground kings for their flawless production.. they seem to have really lost sight of what made them so great.. In the words of Black Thought himself " you are all about to witness some organic hip-hop jazz, 100% groove, and you don't stop.." what happened yo?!?!?!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/5/2008 3:56:00 AM; Partial IP: 40.234.228)
    Location: Houston, TX
    Comment: I truly think that the Roots may just have outdone themselves, yet again. When I listen to this LP, it feels better than Game Theory, and The Tipping Point. Only time will decide in the long run, but for now one thing is 4'sho, this is the best album of the year up until now, IMO.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/2/2008 12:17:00 AM; Partial IP: 212.225.29)
    Location: Portland, Or
    Comment: This album is phenomenal, sick as hell, mang. For the most part it keeps things pretty fresh from track to track. The Roots just keep on comin with it. I would give it a five but there are a couple tracks where I find myself gettin impatient for the next sound.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/7/2008 2:34:00 PM; Partial IP: .129.118.2)
    Location: dallas, TX
    Comment: automatic grammy no doubt any1 who doesn't think otherwise doesn't know what real hip hop is.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/6/2008 7:48:00 PM; Partial IP: 01.103.249)
    Location: Adelaide, Australia
    Comment: 1 word, consistent! Crazy album with a dope change up on that Birthday Girl track at the end. A must cop...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/6/2008 1:09:00 AM; Partial IP: 222.13.134)
    Location: nairobi,kenya
    Comment: is roots to cradle land.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 5/4/2008 10:28:00 PM; Partial IP: .230.205.1)
    Location: cali
    Comment: If you know somethin different enlighten me!!!! This album is the worst album I heard from the roots. Every other song has the same sound going on. It sounds like they through the shit together to get of DEF JAM. No offense to people who like it, but this dont sound like they put 100% effort. They cut corners on hella sht. Album all around sounds bland. I got all other LP's and EP's so I know this aint where the style is headin'... It just seems like they just didn't give a fuck.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/4/2008 1:04:00 PM; Partial IP: 211.109.53)
    Location: phoenix, az.
    Comment: Superb lyrics as usual, from the ROOTS, but I'm a little concerned about the beats. 3 stars only because 'Rising Down' w/MOS DEF and STYLES is by far the dopest-beats, rhymes, hook and all-its the only cut I'm feelin'. Stick with that type of rhythym and the ROOTS will be the only crew to take out streets this year!!!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/4/2008 5:24:00 AM; Partial IP: .61.67.114)
    Location: BOSTON(DA BEAN)
    Comment: BT IS DEFINITELY A SUPERB LYRICIST,AND MAD RESPECT 2 DA ROOTS FOR HOLDIN' DOWN AS A LIVE HIP HOP ACT FOR SO LONG. HOWEVER,SOME OF DA "PRODUCTION" JUST DON'T DO IT FOR ME, THEY NEED SOME HORNS AND/OR MORE KEYS. IF U AIN'T C DA MOVIE:"BROOKLYN BABYLON", U AIN'T A ROOTS FAN. UNO!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/2/2008 4:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 200.116.10)
    Location: Albuquerque
    Comment: This is what it's all about, it doesn't get any better then this! If it does let me know, I'm open for options!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/2/2008 12:40:00 AM; Partial IP: 89.142.242)
    Location: Los Angeles C.A.. all day
    Comment: the roots keep doing it. motha fuckers take notes.hope they never retire. peace.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/30/2008 3:21:00 PM; Partial IP: .91.37.148)
    Location: Poland
    Comment: Very good album!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/30/2008 2:48:00 AM; Partial IP: .176.140.5)
    Location: 305 via 703
    Comment: Album is so banging, like usual, the roots keep changing it up, being anything but usual, and inventing music which invokes a great energy to feel. . black thought in the 5th dimension. peep for sure, defintely buy this its worth twice what you'll pay for it. im out.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/29/2008 8:21:00 PM; Partial IP: 23.220.195)
    Location: FREEPORT , NY
    Comment: hot album!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/25/2008 4:51:00 AM; Partial IP: 3.251.67.2)
    Location: Stockholm
    Comment: Album is straight through and through, take my word for it and just order, you should know by now that the roots are one of the most consistent groups ever!!!!! ALWAYS DELIVERS!
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