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The Roots – Rising Down: Album Review
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hip-hop album reviews The incredible band known as The Roots, continue their journey as one of Hip-hop’s elite with their 10th album, Rising Down.


After a flashback Intro, the title track sets the tone for the rest of the album. Armed with additional lyrical vets Mos Def and Styles P, Black Thought and the gang tackle the world of today over a militant snare.
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“Who got the politicians in their back pocket?” is the question Thought asks in the second track “Get Busy.” “75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)” is reminiscent of The Roots’ Illadelph Halflife days where Thought would rip through tracks a-la freestyle.

The political undertone continues on “Criminal,” featuring Truck North and a memorable verse from Saigon where he spits, “crooked ass cops is the reason for my belligerence.” In light of the Sean Bell case, this speaks volumes. “I Will Not Apologize” speaks on detrimental issues in, and of the Black community while “I Can’t Help It” ventures into self-realization and personal struggle. “Singing Man” marks the move into the more calm section of the album; at least instrumentally. Although the drum and bass get toned down the lyrics continue to a rise of power as Black Thought, a re-emergence of Dice Raw and a host of others touch on many issues.

The overall feel of this album is great. Although it speaks on troubling issues and problems in today’s society, it’s uplifting. It displays the promise and the optimism of what we can do as a people who believe in themselves. The Roots march on.

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