Roll with the New

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Roll with the New
Chris Rock Roll with the New CD cover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedApril 8, 1997
RecordedOctober - December 1996
ProducerPrince Paul
Chris Rock chronology
Born Suspect
Roll with the New
Bigger & Blacker

Roll with the New is the second comedy album by Chris Rock. It is a combination of live material (also seen in his special Bring the Pain) and comedy sketches; the album won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album.

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  1. Opening/Crickets
  2. Marion Barry/Million Man March
  3. This Show Sucks #1
  4. Luther Campbell
  5. Cheap Pete
  6. Tossed Salad
  7. Press Conference
  8. O.J., I Understand
  9. O.J. & O'Jays
  10. Champagne
  11. This Show Sucks #2
  12. Niggas vs. Black People
  13. I Loved the Show
  14. Introducing Mary Wong
  15. My Favorite Joke
  16. This Show Sucks #3
  17. Bad Phone Sex
  18. I'm Back
  19. Another Face Song
  20. The Commitment Dilemma/Closing


  • In Track 1, there is a brief instance of backmasking when the "opening act" is introduced. When played in reverse, the announcer can be heard saying, "Mr. Reginald Warrington. Give it up for Reginald Warrington!" This was the name of Dave Chappelle's stand-up comedian character in the film, The Nutty Professor.
  • There is another use of backmasking at the start of track 15. When played in reverse, the "favorite joke" is as follows: "So I'm walking down the street, right? And I saw this prostitute, right? And I said, 'How much?' She said, 'For $300, I'll do anything you want.' I said, 'Bitch, paint my house!'" The joke, played forwards, is sampled in the Soul Coughing song "$300" on El Oso.
  • Fellow comedian Dave Chappelle is one of the voices heard on the album. When a group of black people are complimenting Chris on "Niggas vs. Black People," Chappelle is the one that asks Rock if he "smokes weed." Chappelle also appears in the "opening act".



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[2] N/A 239,000[1]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Taylor, Chuck (6 February 1999). "In the hunt for hits". Billboard. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Chris Rock – Roll with the new". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.