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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Roots: Rising Down!

You thought I was not going to post anything about The Roots' eighth album--"Rising Down"--the day it was released????

Well, you're crazy then.

Needless to say--and completely predictably--I think this is yet another great album coming from the Legendary Roots Crew. Sonically it is pretty crazy. And there are tons of collabs on here, all of which I think are pretty damned good. They include Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Saigon, and a bunch of other up and comers.

At the very (very) least, you need to go download the track "Rising Up." It is easily one of the best songs The Roots have ever put out--Jay Z is pissed he didn't get to put this on one of his albums.

Other than "Rising Up," however, it's a pretty dark album. There are some crazy sounds and production on this album. I've only listened to it a few times (Hales got the leak last week), but have to say it is another solid, solid effort. And needless to say, it is so far advanced of what is being released in the hip-hop world right now it's crazy.

So if you want to hear some got damned fine music, this is the album to go pick up.


As a bonus for putting up with my Roots posts, here is a link for last night's performance of "Rising Up" on David Letterman:

The Roots - "Rising Up" ft. Chrisette Michele and Wale, Live On Late Night With David Letterman

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