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The Roots – Rising Down March 10, 2008

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TheRootsThe Roots have always seemed to stay true to their name and release music that featured raw, uncut slices of rap’s most dark and thoughtful material. What I connect most with to their music is the machine-gun delivery of Black Thought’s always on-point rhymes and their use of live instrumentation in studio recordings. Their music tends to sound a lot more organic then the processed sounds of other hip-hop producers.

The Roots are planning to release their landmark tenth studio album titled “Rising Down” at the end of April and I’ve managed to grab a rip of their first single “Birthday Girl” which is the most commercially-sounding track I’ve heard from them, possibly ever. They’ve lent the hand of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump to sing the hook and it’s resulted in a really light, laid back tune. The lyrics however, aren’t as much and band member ?uestlove describes the track as “‘the most beautiful statutory rape song ever!“. (Note that the quality isn’t the greatest on this recording but when I get my hands on a better one I’ll hopefully get round to uploading it).

The Roots – Birthday Girl (Feat. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy)
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[ From the Album “Rising Down” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

The next track “Get Busy” is also taken from the new album and is a polar opposite of the one above. It’s a really raw, aggressive cut with a buzzing, heading-knocking beat (similar in feel to Nas’s “The Thief’s Theme” only rougher) and features guest MCs Dice Raw and Peedi Peedi with scratches provided by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The Roots – Get Busy (Feat. Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi & DJ Jazzy Jeff)
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R.A. The Rugged Man February 25, 2008

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This dude is one crazy mofo. Both mentally and the skills he has on the mic. )R.A. is a hip-hop artist who has one of the best flows I’ve ever heard from a rapper. Some of his tracks have literally left me with my jaw dropped. I’m going to share a few now with you that will no doubt give you the same reaction. People may be slightly familiar with him after he did a track with The Notorious B.I.G which was aptly titled “The Cunt Renaissance” and featured lines from R.A. such as “I’ll rip your cunts out with spoons”…yep, one crazy mofo. His claim to fame is that when Biggie was asked what he thought of R.A. during an interview, he simply responded with “I thought I was the illest”.

The first track I’m gonna share with you is called “Lessons” from his first and currently only album titled “Die, Rugged Man, Die”. This track is just an introduction to him where he spits about his life and the current state of his career, along with his brushes with fame including meeting the Neptunes before they blew up, chilling with Mobb Deep and witnessing Biggie break a toilet in a studio while “boning a bitch in the bathroom“:

R.A. the Rugged Man – Lessons
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This track is from the same album and features two other artists. The beat comes from a producer called Ayatollah and is great. R.A’s verse starts at 53 seconds so if you don’t want to listen to the whole track, you owe it to yourself just to check out his verse:

R.A. the Rugged Man – Chains
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And finally, this track is from an album which featured the Wu-Tang Clan members collaborating with various artists and is the one that left me with my jaw dropped to the lowest level. His flow is quite simply insane, and once again, even if you aren’t a fan of hip-hop, you will no doubt appreciate his rhythm and complex internal rhymes:

J-Live and R.A. The Rugged Man – Give It Up
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