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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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This tuesday, the Legendary Roots Crew, releases their new album, Undun. Already reviewed very highly, the Roots honestly never disappoint. This time around, the boys from Philly, bring together a concept album and an interesting group of featuring artists, including the usual rappers like Truck North, P.O.R.N and Big K.R.I.T., and wildcard pick, Sufjan Stevens. I’m really excited for this one. You can currently stream the album on NPR and check out the short videos (above) that the crew as put together in promotion for the album. Enjoy. Philly Represent. – D. Gold.

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