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The Roots: Rising Down
Buy! - (Def Jam)
The veteran Philadelphia hip hop band follows up the intensely raw Game Theory with an album that’s even more politically militant and uncompromising. Driven by ominous, dirty-sounding synths and ?uestlove’s remarkable drum work, Rising Down bristles with simmering resentment and frustration over injustice and brutality that occasionally boils over into rage at a world falling apart. Black Thought is joined by a wide variety of guest rappers, from underground greats like Mos Def, Common and Talib Kweli to more obscure types that end up delivering some of the album’s best raps. Rising Down is the Roots’ darkest album – it’s also one of their best. 5/12/2008 - Don Yates
Other Roots album reviews:

...and then you shoot your cousin - 5/23/2014
undun - 12/9/2011
How I Got Over - 6/29/2010
Game Theory - 8/28/2006
The Tipping Point - 7/9/2004
Phrenology - 12/15/2002
Things Fall Apart - 3/15/1999
Illadelph Halflife - 9/15/1996