...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
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||Theme From Middle of the Night||Nina Simone||1:27||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNever (feat. Patty Crash)||The Roots||3:54||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhen the People Cheer (feat. Modesty Lycan & Greg Porn)||The Roots||3:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Devil||Mary Lou Williams||0:38||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Rock (feat. Dice Raw)||The Roots||2:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnderstand (feat. Dice Raw & Greg Porn)||The Roots||2:50||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Dies Irae||Michel Chion||1:07||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||The Coming (feat. Mercedes Martinez)||The Roots||3:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Dark (Trinity) [feat. Dice Raw & Greg Porn]||The Roots||5:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Unraveling (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)||The Roots||4:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Tomorrow (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)||The Roots||5:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
For all the fun they have as the house band for The Tonight Show, The Roots get down to business when they enter the studio. Billed as a concept album, ATYSYC features rappers Black Thought, Dice Raw, and Greg Porn relating vignettes about income inequality and spiritual bankruptcy within the African-American community. Brooding amid layers of soul breaks and the kind of erudite samples that fans have come to expect from music encyclopedia ?uestlove ("Black Rock" borrows funk chestnut "Yeah Yeah"), the album is more meditation than celebration. With its mournful piano and slumping beat, "When the People Cheer" is a representative sample: "Everybody asks if God is all that/But I got a feeling he ain't never coming back," sings a children's choir on the hook. Longtime fans will be familiar with this somber side of The Roots, while newcomers used to them as Jimmy Fallon's sidekicks will discover a whole different side of this legendary hip-hop troupe.
This album is a very old school experience. If you are looking for hooks and radio jams you WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. If you are the type that smokes a bowl, throws on your headphones/cans and listens to a full album like an indie movie...you might be pleasantly surprised. I am still not sure how much I dig on the interludes being a greater presence than more traditional songs, but I'm not hating on it like these other people writing reviews. It's a tripy album for sure.
Still love you Roots.
This album will be dope!
Love the single they came out with, hopefully the album will be good but the roots never disappoint.
If you read the background and intent of this artwork and you realize that The Roots' mission was accomplished. Like the album cover, after a closer look at the lyrical description of characters, what seems like a disjointed collage of music becomes a seamless, uniformed picture.
Formed: 1987 in Philadelphia, PA
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s