Rising Down“, by The Roots

Rap Album of the Year

There really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said about The Roots already. Black Thought’s breath control, Questlove’s beats, the nearly immaculate reputation they have with fans and other artists. The Roots have been about as close to clockwork as you can get in music, producing quality discs for the better part of 15 years. On this year’s “Rising Down” they maintain the high standard set for themselves several years ago, managing to make a listenable CD out of subjects like corporate layoffs, racial profiling, and robbery born out of desperation.

The Roots

Asking their fan base to turn their attention to the uglier parts of society, while still giving folks a reason to turn the bass up to 10 is why “Rising Down” is my Rap Album of the Year, 2008.

I Will Not Apologize
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciSDKDqGXr0

Rising Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5HGPD3rWqA

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