The Roots: Rising Down

“Everything’s for sale. Even souls.”

Did you know that The Roots released a new album? I won’t reveal how I know, but I will say that the album came out today. Interested in hearing a few of the tracks? Check out the MySpace page.

So what’s up with the cover art? I wanted to know why it looks so familiar. My original guess is that it’s an old movie cover, but you know me. I research everything, so I had to find something online that could provide me with a clue. ?uestlove said (the boyfriend will love this):

The Reconstruction period in American History.

this drawing is entitled NEGRO RULE. and it pretty much sums up the feeling of the Confederate Union towards the newly freed slaves and the idea that if given power they would reek havoc and chaos on the country.

somehow in watching this election one can’t help but wonder if those unspoken feelings—- (btw…”if obama was a white man” is also the new nig—ok…im sorry….black)—reflect the looming figure of the old figureheads of washington now? (Source)

Never rely on one source for your information. The original title is actually: “The Vampire that Hovers Over North Carolina”, taken from the News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 27 September 1898. Learn more about it and check out the original photo:

For those of you who can’t get enough, check out The Roots new video:

Still not enough information? Feel free to read an album review from Entertainment Weekly.

And finally, did you know that the title, “Rising Down” is inspired by the book Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means by William T. Vollman? Bet you didn’t. What’s not inspired by books? Honestly. Folks talk about they don’t like to read, but real inspiration comes from books. Dispute me if you like.

A labor of seventeen years, Vollmann’s first book of non-fiction since 1992’s An Afghanistan Picture Show is a gravely urgent invitation to look back at the world’s long, bloody path and find some threads of meaning, wisdom, and guidance to plot a moral course. From the street violence of prostitutes and junkies to the centuries-long battles between the Native Americans and European colonists,Vollmann’s mesmerizing imagery and compelling logic is presented with authority born of astounding research and personal experience.

Who’s really touching my research skills? Right. Happy reading, ya’ll.

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