Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates on May 9, 2014

Roots

With their gig as Jimmy Fallon's musical accompaniment, you might forget The Roots are an actual band that make their own music and release records. And continue to do so. In fact The Roots will release their new album on May 19. Titled ...and then you shoot your cousin, it's a concept album. Black thought said in HipHopDX:

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. I don't know if that makes any sense.
Or for a headier description there's this promotional copy:
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
You can stream two tracks from the album below.

Folks in NYC can experience ...and then you shoot your cousin live at two special events at The Public Theatre's 260 seat Anspacher Theater on May 13 & 14. The record release shows double as a fundraiser for Public Theatre and tickets ($200) are 100% tax-deductible. There are a few left.

The Roots last album was Wise Up Ghost, a collaboration with Elvis Costello. Tracklist and artwork for the new album, plus video for "When the People Cheer" and stream of "Tomorrow," below...

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The Roots - "When the People Cheer"

The Roots - "Tomorrow"

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The Roots - ...and then you shoot your cousin artwork
Roots

tracklist:
1. Theme From The Middle Of The Night
2. Never
3. When The People Cheer
4. The Devil
5. Black Rock
6. Understand
7. Dies Irae
8. The Coming
9. The Dark (Trinity)
10. The Unraveling
11. Tomorrow
12. Nothing

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Comments (11)

"With their gig as Jimmy Fallon's musical accompaniment, you might forget The Roots are an actual band that make their own music and release records"

Who the fuck forgets that The Roots make music?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 1:16 PM

The have saturated NYC more than any other artist

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 1:27 PM

"Who the fuck forgets that The Roots make music? "

Probably because they haven't put out a good one in like 10 years ?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 1:28 PM

How I Got Over, Undun, and Rising Down are all very, very good.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 1:37 PM

The Roots would play the opening of an envelope.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 1:59 PM

If the concept is selling out then they've already hit the target.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 9:04 PM

These brothas paid dues; a success story for groups of people who create music together and dream of getting paid out whitey's butthole for their talents.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:11 PM

BaRF

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:25 PM

So far it's aight.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 1:25 AM

I don't feel like they sold out. I feel like they got a great job doing music on TV in a great city and can still create and release their art without having to worry about touring. I think the Roots won a very rare jackpot that droves of musicians slogging it out on the road could only dream of.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 9:32 PM

The roots keep making the same crap featuring Dice Raw, featuring goepele, featuring who gives a f*ck... When was the last Roots Roots album that featured mostly the roots and not a cast of crap rappers?

This goes in the I don't care bin.
Bye sellouts!

Posted by Stazyp | May 12, 2014 7:05 PM

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