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Although The Roots released a collab album last summer with Elvis Costello, the group hasn’t released a proper album of their own since 2011’s stunning Undun.  But now the group is set to release a brand new album called And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.  Just like their previous release this is a concept album, albeit a slightly less convoluted one, about making it in the rap world.  Today, the group gave us the first taste of this new album with the single, “When the People Cheer,” a brooding song featuring ?uestlove’s strong beats, a delicate toy-like piano and Black Thoughts dark lyrics.  The hook alone is killer, “I live in a trap/Things go crack/Wake up in the bathroom with a box of Apple Jacks/Everybody acts, like God is all that/But I got the feelin’ he ain’t never coming back…” showing the darker side of fame.  While we probably will have to wait until the summer before this album sees a release date, if the single is any hint at what’s to come, we’re looking at (unsurprisingly) another incredible album from The Roots.  In the meantime, check out the single below.

-M. Kauf


The Roors – When The People Cheer:

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