James Minchin
Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 14, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rise Up

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B

These vets call in favors from a broad range of pals for their first album in six years: Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello provides metal riffs on two tracks, Marc Anthony trills on another, Cheech and Chong supply dazed patter between cuts, and so on. The result is Rise Up, a hodgepodge of clashing styles, but among them are more redeeming moments than you’ll find on most late-career rap offerings. B

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