Rising Down, the eighth studio album of The Roots, will to be released on April 29, 2008. Here is the original drawing used the for the cover: “The Vampire that Hovers Over North Carolina”, cartoon by Norman E. Jennette was published in the Raleigh News And Observer, 27th September 1898 during the North Carolina Election of 1898.

?uestlove from The Roots explains about the cover: it’s about 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.

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