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Rising Down [VINYL] [Box set, Explicit Lyrics]

The Roots Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0016CP1PK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Pow Wow - The Roots
2. Rising Down - The Roots, Mos Def, Styles P
3. Get Busy - The Roots, Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi
4. @ 15 - The Roots
5. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction) - The Roots
6. Becoming Unwritten - The Roots
7. Criminal - The Roots, Truck North, Saigon
Disc: 2
1. I Will Not Apologize - The Roots, Porn, Dice Raw
2. I Can't Help It - The Roots, Malik B., Porn, Mercedes Martinez, Dice Raw
3. Singing Man - The Roots, Porn, Truck North, Dice Raw
4. Unwritten - The Roots, Mercedes Martinez
5. Lost Desire - The Roots, Malik B., Talib Kweli
6. The Show - The Roots, Common, Dice Raw
7. Rising Up - The Roots, Wale, Chrisette Michele

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2008 Explicit Version of Two LP set. Rising Down marks the 10th album released by the legendary Roots crew. The darkly funky, politically charged release is the product of more than a year of recording and includes a slew of complimentary guest appearances by Common, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi, Mos Def, Style P and Fall Out Boys' Patrick Stump.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitly NOT a let down 10 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
The roots have never put out a bad album. The 2 singles "Get Busy" and "75 Bars" are 2 of the best tracks of the year. Black Thought is on fire! Good production, top guests and the usual unique Roots sound.
Definitly worth having, along with all their other albums!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow started!!! 24 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Hhhhmmmm!!!!!

Truth be told, when I first heard this I was a little disappointed to say the least. I hadn't expected this act of hip hop rebellious anarchism at all, I expected the roots to drop a hip-hop album that sounded, well like pure hip hop - straight forward heavy beats, serious scratches, mellowed out beats etc but as I said before, I hadn't expected this madness. It did take me a while to get with the new style of beats and when I opened up my mind and broadened my horizons a bit, I thought oh ok, this is not bad and slowly, bit by bit, I began to appreciate what the roots had done. I mean the only song I initially liked was `rising down' with mos def and that `birthday girl' song was interesting in that it was different. A few more listens in my car and I was like, hold on this song is not bad, that track with Peedi Peedi and Dise Raw `get busy' is a serious head banger and everyone comes correct on this, I am not a fan of Peedi Peedi but he smacks this track...then I heard `criminal' again and this sounded hot, then I heard the `I will not apologise' and that track with common and I was like damn, this is kind'a heavy.

I mean the album does sound quite rocky and that's what put me off first, I remember listening to Mos Def's New Danger and thinking the same thing so when I first heard this, I was like oh no...but this is actually quite good in that its different and it blends hip-hop and rock in a way only the roots would do it, ?uestlove is serious with his drumming especially on `get busy'...Its one to soak it, let it permeate through and challenge what you think and expect hip-hop to sound like and you will like the album, well at least enjoy half of it. I still skip quite a few tracks on it coz they just too rocky but overall, the album was worth my 9.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By DIOONER
Format:Audio CD
Aaaah.

The Roots.

Seems odd now, to me, that a mere 15 years on since their debut, this amazing band seems to still have to justify its artistic originality and be judged by other hip hop acts' standards, as they are more and more unique and without fearing serious contenders in their category. Category ? Well, that could even sound weird or irrelevant in the case of The Roots, who've been through proto-Acid Jazz meanderings ("Do You Want More ?"), hip-hop live fusion of the highest order ("Illadelph Life", "Things Fall Apart"), experimentations whose limit could only be the sky ("Phrenology"), classic club cuts redefining dancefloor ("The Tipping Point") and wry, darker, commentary on the sour moods of our times in the shape of their last record, 2006's "Game Theory".

That last album, oddly enough once again, was their Def Jam debut, and A&R man Jay Z seemed to have allowed them maximum freedom, as they both never sounded so relaxed AND unafraid to push further the boundaries of their extraordinary musicianship and inventiveness. Now comes "Rising Down", their 8th studio release proper, and the title itself sums perfectly the whole spirit of that follow-up; after having sampled Radiohead and took a much darker direction both lyrically and sonically, The Roots have at last found a niche where they are both at home and rewardingly creative like they've never been before.

Its starts off with an explosive intro consisting in a one-minute angry argument over a phone conference followed by 2 of their harder grooves to date; the desolated title track, featuring the great underrated Mos Def, and "Get Busy", all saturated drums and pulsating bass.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stumbling Down 4 May 2008
By D. Shaw
Format:Audio CD
Since moving to record label Def Jam, The Roots have commanded a heavier sound than ever before. Though this hindered 'Game Theory' only slightly, the band's latest offering is so dark, you question whether these were the same musical brains behind 2004's excellent Tipping Point. Last year, El-P's debut album was magnetic because it combined a moody subject with inventive music, full of samples, scratches and breakbeats. Black Thought seems intent on rapping about 'the hood', but his lyrics are met by a murky, tedious production. The repetitive use of 'niggas' on the grim '75 Bars' gets irritating, as do the interludes in the first half of the album. It takes until track 7, the brilliant groove of 'Criminal', to witness any moment of worthwhile musicianship. Tracks such as 'Singing Man', 'Lost Desire' and 'The Show' are particularly weak offerings, while 'Birthday Girl' sees the band unsuccessfully attempting the commercial but innovative creations of Outkast. 'Rising Up' nicely explores jazz arrangements, but this album is a far cry from definitive cuts such as 'Something In The Way Of Things' off 2002's Phrenology.
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