The Roots And Then You Shoot Your Cousin on LP
From Philly street corner buskers to hip-hop pioneers to perpetual touring live act to late-night TV house band, legendary hip-hop group The Roots have never been one to rest on their laurels. After more than 15 years, the critically acclaimed, award-winning band continues to reinvent themselves and remains one of music's most enduring and forward-thinking groups.
In 2014 that evolution is resumed with their multi-layered eleventh album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin featuring the lead single "When The People Cheer." The 11-song set is a satirical look at the Dionysian impulse in contemporary hip-hop as told through a series of characters who have found themselves trapped in the permanent underclass. Lost in history’s shuffle, broken, yet self-aware, they see their lives both from within and from without. Self-possessed, they're ever ready to scale the fourth wall.
The album’s lyrics seed the character’s internal monologues and provide their personal and political context. Its melodies and rhythms are all set against a background of cascading absurdist monologues, flat-footed rap verse, deconstructed samples, found sounds, and improvisational movement pieces.
Black Thought on the album to XXL: "It’s called And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. It’s conceptual; it’s another concept album in the spirit of Undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community.”
The Roots And Then You Shoot Your Cousin Track Listing:
1. Theme From The Middle Of The Night
3. When The People Cheer
4. The Devil
5. Black Rock
7. Dies Irae
8. The Coming
9. The Dark (Trinity)
10. The Unraveling