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Let’s face it: The Roots are not looking to supply the beats for your backyard barbecue. This is deadly serious music — angry, disturbed, gloomy, urgent, raw, and fearless. Led by the always adventurous ?uestlove, the band puts most of the pieces together (hip-hop, rock, psychedelic soul) in just the right way, balancing the cohesiveness of earlier albums with the daringness of later ones. Black Thought offers consistently pointed verses, and a bevy of guest rappers — including Common, Talib Kweli, and old pal Malik B — help pound home the message. “I ain’t tryin’ to clown,” Black Thought insists (as if he had to tell us) atop the slinky, slightly ominous grooves of the title track, which features sharp rhymes from Mos Def and Styles P. The filthy, menacing “Get Busy” pierces with relentless electro-fuzz beats, and the coolly defiant “I Will Not Apologize” soars atop a supple Fela Kuti sample. The gloom finally lifts a bit on the jazzy “Rising Up,” which almost feels like an antiquated nod to the group’s more polished, smoothly flowing vibe of the previous decade. Clearly, though, times have changed, and the Roots’ dismal, near-apocalyptic vision of corrupt politicians, natural disasters, economic hardship, and rampant violence may not be pleasant, but it doesn’t seem too far off the mark either.

Customer Reviews

Great Album

The Roots never dissapoint! Black Thought is a beast. If you like this, you should check out Mr. Ozwald and his song Anything. Dude is DOPE.

This is HIP HOP

Hip Hop at it's best. I'm feeling the general attitude of the album and I appreciate the variance in songs and subject matter. Great music with great lyrics. Black thought is definately one of the top ten lyricists of all time. The live instruments with the fantastic beats are unparalled and far surpass the average hum drum we've become accustomed to in the past years. Thank You Roots Crew.

The Best 10th Album in Hip Hop History

The Roots are the best thing in hip hop, and Rising Down is proof of this. In their 10th release they're just as enjoyable and innovative as always, and the continuity of the progression of their sound is as prominent as ever. BUY THIS ALBUM AND LISTEN TO SOME REAL HIP HOP


Formed: 1987 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific rap groups, the Roots were also among the most progressive acts in contemporary music, from their 1993 debut through their conceptual 2010s releases. Despite the seemingly archaic practice of functioning as a rap band with several instrumentalists -- from 2007 onward, their lineup even featured a sousaphonist -- they were ceaselessly creative, whether with their own material, or through their varied assortment of collaborations. They went platinum and gold with successive...
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