...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.
coming up short
I have come to expect a lot from the roots and with that said, I can barely call this an album. First off there’s only 11 “tracks” which is fine if they were actually all songs. There’s like 4 interlude and a song at the end that doesn’t even feature black thought(but would have been prefect for at least one of his verses). The songs that Thought is featured on, he only has one verse! although they are up to his usual excellent standard. After my first Listen if feels as if thought has maybe 4 or 5 verses on the entire album! This “album” feels like it was the start of something exceptional and then half way through someone said “lets just put it out like this!” All and all you will get about 5 songs worth putting on a regular spin in your listening rotation, not what I expected from a roots album especially after the relatively shot but exceptional Undun. This is pretty much a roots Ep not an album.
Don't be too quick to judge this album. Each song, note, and lyric is intentionally placed. You can't simply hear and swallow this album, you have to listen and chew.
Call me a nerd, but the lack of Black Thought made me want to track how much time he actually appears on this album. Here's the breakdown:
Black Thought's involvement
2. 56 seconds
3. 57 seconds
5. 22 seconds
6. 33 seconds
9. 1 min 28 seconds
Would you buy a Roots album if you knew that beforehand?
Formed: 1987 in Philadelphia, PA
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s