Rising Down

Def Jam
Release date
29 Apr 2008
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Pow Wow 1:16 66,055
2 Rising Down 3:40 16,244
3 Get Busy 3:31 12,111
4 @ 15 0:52 27,922
5 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction) 3:15 76,294
6 Becoming Unwritten 0:37 94,394
7 Criminal 4:09 10,079
9 I Can't Help It 4:40 7,992
10 Singing Man 4:05 7,265
11 Unwritten 1:25 26,240
12 Lost Desire 3:59 7,190
13 The Show 3:45 10,430
14 Rising Up 4:19 9,547
15 Pow Wow 2 3:19 3,909

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  • chedder1


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  • PubliKEnemy08

    Great album! [2] Although it's not really my favorite; but still, I think it's a fantastic, fierce album.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • inphanta

    How could anyone hate this? Easily one of their best, certainly better than Game Theory.

    2 Nov 2011 Reply


    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MCIS

    what a brilliant album. dark, electric and hooky. one of their best.

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • jhum101

    Such a contrast between this and How I Got Over. HIGO is smooth neo-soul, but this is just so angry and raw!

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Cox_of_Seagulls

    Don't understand the hate for this album. It's just as amazing as everything else The Roots have ever done.

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • InfiniteThought

    Great album!

    14 Sep 2010 Reply
  • MarcusAurelio

    It's terrific.

    20 Apr 2010 Reply

    this album pisses me off. i almost hate it i think and i love the roots.

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • KZA135

    Great album!

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Rapha_rsd92

    one of the best hip hop albums of these two last years...

    1 Oct 2009 Reply
  • KingHeff

    mos' verse is probably my favorite on the album

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • jonesoobala

    i think i like this out of everything

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • spaarkijs

    fuck yeah. it's grrrreat.

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • weston24

    i love most of the guest verses, porns on i cant help it is my favourite of the album but it does just feels like something is missing with less black thought. putting common on what was already the most boring song on the album didn't help imo. the choruses drag this album down i think. unwritten should definitely have been a full song, probably the best chorus on the album.

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • SmwhtDmgd82

    too many guest rappers on this album. I mean they've basically always brought in some great people but it seems like they relied too heavily on them this go-around. The first track after the intro starts with Mos Def for example. I was all hyped when I popped in the new CD and wanted to hear Black Thought after the two year wait! Mos Def is fine but I think I'd put Black's verses high above everything else on the album. And that's a big reason why I listen to The Roots - he's fantastic. Choruses get a little stale and repetitive at times. Album isn't as tight as Game Theory. I disagree with The Birthday Girl hate. It's catchy as hell. My favorite track on this is definitely the title track. I don't know how I would rank this album but it isn't their best. I've been listening to a lot of Do You Want More??!! and Phrenology and it definitely can't hang with those. I will agree that new Roots is better than just about everything else out there, especially in 2008

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • senorwoohoo

    This album is damn good. I don't understand the hate.

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Blue_Key

    pamento, the albums cool. not the best in their disco, but better then most this year. top 3. i like the electric, sound on this cd. "the show" with commons just redic.

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • pamento

    lol @ the comment about this album being "godly". This album is boring and full of horrible choruses and shitty guest rappers. The roots are overdue for a good album because they haven't made one in a looong time. "Hidden Track" >>> every other track on this album

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
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