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This review is from: Rising Down (Audio CD)
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 £9.99 for sure.
As usual the Roots keep doing what they do best and that is bring out music for the time and I big them up for that especially when we are living in a time where everyone expects to have Chris Brown or Neyo or lil Wayne to sing the hook or whatever, with the roots, its pure good music that does not want to blend into the mainstream the way everyone else does. Just listen to `birthday girl', that's a sure fire hit, not considered a proper hip-hop track but how do you define a proper hip-hop track?
I give this album 4 stars simply coz my hip-hop inclined mind cannot really get with all the rocky stuff regardless of how much i like some of the songs on this album.