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Format: CD
Sku: 207684956
UPC: 602517672567
UPC 14: 00602517672567
Release Date: 4/29/2008
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Song Listing

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

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote On album number eight, the Roots continue to pursue their more nihilistic tendencies in the same vein as 2006's exceptional GAME THEORY. With a title inspired by W.T. Vollman's voluminous history of violence, RISING DOWN sees Black Thought (alongside Malik B, Dice Raw and a thick list of formidable guest MCs and vocalists, including Mos Def, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Common, Peedi Peedi, Saigon, Truck North, and Mercedes Martinez, among others) examining violence, oppression, and the pollution of the American Dream in a variety of places and circumstances. The grim subject matter goes hand-in-hand with a noticeably darker production approach. Largely absent are the lighter, electric piano-driven tracks (a longtime Roots trademark). they've given way to murky synthesizers and noisy, distortion-filled instrumentation. The album intro (a band conference call that quickly devolves into an impassioned shouting match) bluntly lets listeners know what they're in for. Mounting frustration, apprehension, outrage, and anger pervade virtually every track, making RISING DOWN anything but a feel-good record. What it is instead is one of the most compelling and urgent hip-hop albums in years. Or, as Dice Raw puts it on "Get Busy," "Kinda like W.E.B. Dubois meets Heavy D and the Boyz."

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Mos Def
Muze Guest Artist Styles P.
Muze Guest Artist DJ Jazzy Jeff
Muze Guest Artist Dice Raw
Muze Guest Artist Peedie Crakk
Muze Guest Artist Peedi Peedi
Muze Guest Artist Saigon
Muze Guest Artist Truck North
Muze Guest Artist Porn
Muze Guest Artist Mercedes Martinez
Muze Guest Artist Malik B.
Muze Guest Artist Mailk B
Muze Guest Artist Talib Kweli
Muze Guest Artist Common
Muze Guest Artist Chrisette Michele
Muze Guest Artist Wale
Muze Guest Artist Patrick Stump

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Chant Down Babylon
Muze Music Compilations Collateral
Muze Music Compilations 2k6 Tracks
Muze Music Compilations Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Dillanthology I:dilla's Production Fo
Muze Music Compilations Yo Gabba Gabba:Music Is Awesome
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Everything But The Girl
Muze Music Compilations Music Is Awesome Volume 4

Associated Artists and Works

Angry String Orchestra
Legend, John
Wake Up! ~ Legend, John

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/29/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B0011138-02
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517672567

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.66)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "RISING DOWN is the Roots' most political album....Rapper Black Thought is in his comfort zone playing the firebrand..."

Spin (p.50)
- Ranked #17 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "As hip-hop's anxious elders, the Philly crew hum with a riveting focus..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.117)
- "[T]he listener is rewarded with 'Rising Up,' in which the Fender Rhodes jazzmatazz of earlier records segues into bell-rocking go-go."

The Wire (p.66)
- "MC Black Thought and drummer ?uestlove sound sonically aware and full of righteous anger....RISING DOWN's most immediate qualities are the raw aesthetic and the burning importance of its messages."

Vibe (p.65)
- "[T]he Roots rise above on this album, bravely pushing themselves at every turn, proving, in an era full of froth and fancy, that sometimes nightmares are the most important kind of dreams."

Paste (magazine)
- "[The songs] deliver an honest and abrasive diatribe within The Roots' legacy of civil commentary and inspired musicianship."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Roots
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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