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The Roots: ...and then you shoot your cousin

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    ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is the eleventh studio album by American hip hop band The Roots. According to Black Thought, the album is conceptual like the previous one, but unlike Undun, ATYSYC will feature several characters in his story, not just one. The Roots' lead rapper described the forthcoming album as a satirical look at violence in hip hop and American society overall.

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    1. Theme From The Middle Of The Night (Nina Simone Intro)
    2. Never
    featuring Patty Crash
    Producers: Mike Jerz; Trapzillas; Richard Nichols; Black Thought (of The Roots); Questlove (of The Roots)
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    3. When The People Cheer
    featuring Modesty Lycan; Greg Porn
    Producers: Damion Ward; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots); Black Thought (of The Roots)
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    4. The Devil (Mary Lou Williams Interlude)
    5. Black Rock
    featuring Dice Raw (of The Roots)
    Producers: Karl Jenkins; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots); Black Thought (of The Roots)
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    6. Understand
    featuring Dice Raw (of The Roots); Greg Porn
    Producers: The Wurxs; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots); Black Thought (of The Roots)
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    7. Dies Irae (Michel Chion Interlude)
    8. The Coming
    featuring Mercedes Martinez
    Producers: Richard Nichols; DD Jackson; Questlove (of The Roots); Black Thought (of The Roots); Joseph Simmons
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    9. The Dark (Trinity)
    featuring Dice Raw (of The Roots); Greg Porn
    Producers: Damion Ward; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots); Black Thought (of The Roots)
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    10. The Unraveling
    featuring Raheem DeVaughn
    Producers: Ray Angry; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots); Black Thought (of The Roots)
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    11. Tomorrow
    featuring Raheem DeVaughn
    Producers: Ray Angry; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots); Black Thought (of The Roots)
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    Total Comments: 19
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/9/2014 4:05:00 PM; Partial IP: .128.57.57)
    Location: J-City, Nigeria
    Comment: One star for Black Thought (because of his legendary status) and another star for the album cover. True fans with of The Roots will agree that after "Things Fall Apart" the roots literally fell apart.
    Name: (Posted: 6/8/2014 12:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 32.186.227)
    Location: Masshole
    Comment: The Roots is a band, meaning Black Thought shouldn't be the centerpiece of every album. He was in The Tipping Point, they flexed his skills like crazy. But there are other band members who need recognition.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/7/2014 11:17:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.187.181)
    Location: Barry & Spaulding
    Comment: I enjoyed this album. There's no standout tracks but it's an album you have to play from start to finish. It's a good album to smoke too and just let it ride. Salute The Roots for their creativity. Their the best live show group ever!
    Name: (Posted: 6/1/2014 3:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.132.144)
    Location: KALi
    Comment: I guess everyone who commented must have read my opinions...but just to make it clear Romare Beardon's art wasnt during the Harlem Renaissance, his parents held meetings for important figures of the Harlem Renaissance in their house in NYC during that era. sorry just thought it would be of significance to people who care about culture and art and how the youth seems to take it over a paradigm shift from dependency on physicality and physicalness of the act of consumption of products that are physical formats(tapes cds vinyl records) which created a consumers personal physical experience before the internet and continuing into post digital age in to a "New World Order" with automated convenience of mind control. I believe the physicality of going to the record store and running into like minded people at any given location contributes to an experience which makes life more interesting and gives anyone a story to tell. the first hand interaction with the retail buyer may give you insight of whats going on in the business side of things and keeps a community of fans in the right focus in music during this time of homogenisation in mainstream music when the young are impressionable and have easy access to a wide range of "NEW" music not old because your mom and pop's record shop that carries 45's and 60's and 70's music are closing. History is substance for the mind and it reminds us that we have to be responsible for preserving heritage and linage and make sure a beloved culture is not exploited to its destruction and treated as if it was disposable. people didnt come this far for 40 years of foundation in Hip Hop just to be greedy, "industry rule 4080 BIG record company's are shady".
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/1/2014 8:01:00 AM; Partial IP: 91.204.217)
    Location: planet earth
    Comment: Provacative, cinematic, not for the close-minded on determining what may or may not be hip hop. Evolutionary, and last but not least, a daydreamers backdrop for creating his/her world.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/27/2014 1:19:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.144.186)
    Location: Boston
    Comment: It's different, that's about all I can say. Maybe critics will like it, but it was a bit of a disappointment to me. I liked most of "How I Got Over" and "Undun" and of course all their classic albums, but I'm just not feelin' this one.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/25/2014 10:04:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Bosotn, MA
    Comment: I can appreciate the various comments regarding this album; especially with only 3 remaining members. But I really think Black Thought and Quest Love took this concept album to a whole new level musically. I love the samples, I love the Raheem DeVaughn influence, and each time I listen to it the creativity breaks through more and more. Thank you Roots for remaining a staple I can count on!
    Name: (Posted: 5/24/2014 2:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.132.144)
    Location: KALi
    Comment: lol peep the 5 stars, I guess I have alot of faith into whats left of The Roots I mean only 3 original members ?uest Black and Kamal. I guess I recognize the skill and their craft from way back when. Black Thought still has the essence of the Golden Era in his flow Rhymes voice what ever you want to call it. all in all the album to tell you the truth sometimes it sounds almost like the Free Moral Agent's album from 2004 "Everybody's Favorite Weapon" but not quite really there. and then sometimes it almost sounds like its a Top Dawg Entertainment production like something TDE would do. like wise TDE is not my cup of tea. I do listen to TDE but personally it dont reflect any relativity to my personal taste. it almost seems like something is beating the horse over the head for not drinking the water. I dont think they deserve one star, my theory still is because the majority of the listeners(not real supporters yet) are first time listeners with in one decade and these listeners have not matured(over a substancial amout of time) to being real supporters because the focus is on some ignorant shit not no Boom Bap shit these days. The Roots seem to be forced to cater to a young mainstream audience that has drastically changed, and if its close to ...pseudo Boom Bap, these young listeners maybe 18-21 think real Hip Hop was like when they first heard it in early 2000's commercial radio shit and they get the misconception and funny they reinforce this misconception, the further you go back in time the further you find a real cause(s) and realize its more than just an incident. once again im refering to a generation gap. The Roots have always managed to be on the mainstream from the get go. and sometimes it may be label issuses like trying to keep up with the latest trendy shit like trying to catch a quick fix for something that is constantly changing cause motherfuckers like to say they on a different level on some different shit and expect everyone to follow as if they were trend setters and the young eat that shit up real quick just to seem like they part of the "cool crowd" when there seems to be no inovation that is distinctive with traces of evolving from its tradition. The further you stray from tradition the further you get watered down and become Bastardized. or karma catches up to you for not being your self and being true to your self first and I aint talking about selfishness of personal gain. May be The Roots have expressed them selves already and are done with them selves that they want to reflect what this young generation is all about these days and do what everyone around them in the mainstream is doing cause its "marketable" because Mainstream "so called Hip Hop"(disconected from real Hip Hop ignorant"Pop Rap" )has been pigeon holing it self into destruction to end a positive cultural movement by using the youth and feeding them ignorance to counter a once counter culture against war and the reality of poverty(ghetto CNN). the Coporate labels seems to want to give the broke black ghetto peeps a reparation in the mind and not in their pockets (mental Hole ah cost)and which in reality is a false sense of security when the Bling Bling and nice things are bullshit gimmicks if you cant afford it when they realized when they shit get repoed. All Big mother fuckers care about is the buisness and selling their shit and not if you can really afford that image or illusion and capitalism has gotten the best(worst) out of the low end people(broke) who fall for that image. I guess the music in the U.S. reflects a Denial from the truth of unbalanceness from the flow of money in lively hood that the mainstream society depends on a lying illusion just for a quick fix. they would rather influence the young to be ignorant and take advantage of them because its all too easy when reality hasnt set in their minds yet...blah too many go stupid kids...LOL...young black kids in the United States want to reclaim the blackness in Rap when in actuality the Umbrella of Real Hip Hop is international and all over the globe in other continents and has adopted other cultures multicultually. and thats Universal in this Universe. Black people need to realize this culture shares its self with other nationalities. The current U.S. "RAP"mainstream want to isolate the blackness by shifting the attention away from culture or multiculture or sub culture in Hip Hop in America. Hip Hop is no longer just afrocentric Black culture...Ok kids like I said...go stupid now lol.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 5/23/2014 2:19:00 AM; Partial IP: 13.240.132)
    Location: NY, NY
    Comment: The worst Roots album of their entire career, waste of f*cking money. Very disappointed
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/22/2014 11:14:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Miami
    Comment: More cons than pros. Black thought has like one verse each song. 11 tracks but only 8 are voiced. When you have more songs then you can experiment but only 11 tracks.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/21/2014 10:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.132.144)
    Location: KALi
    Comment: Hub didnt die...does anyone remember Ursula Rucker and her segment which was a secret track only on the CDs...cant remember if she continued to do more spoken word pieces on roots albums , I stoped at things fall apart. lets just say post Golden Era and late 90's right when De La Soul Common and Pharoahe Monch was with in their circle(way before Soul Aquarian right when Jaydee was first introduced to them) and they were doing Echo(Ecko) advertisements in the Source and Rap Pages Ego trip and etc etc. How bout one half of the two beatboxers in the Roots Scratch and the other half of course Rahzel..."All I wanted was some rice cakes" ror. this album might go over your head if you havent pushed the bounderies of what to expect like on some Anti PoP Consortium type shit or Project Blowed, just as much as being a fan of anything from early Anticon if you know what im talking about? and then bringing it back to good ol Boom Bap Emceeing which just only makes you appreciated this shit even more.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/21/2014 6:21:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Dailyplanet
    Comment: This is not illadelph half their best classic 5 mic album or Do You Want More?!? or Organiks. It isn't wack but they are trying to be different. Black Thought is a top five MC. What happened to Malik B or the rest of the original members and I know hub died but damn. I like some songs and I know every album can't sound the same but this is okay not great but it is okay.
    Name: (Posted: 5/21/2014 11:25:00 AM; Partial IP: 10.156.108)
    Location: SLC
    Comment: The Roots haven't been dope since Illadelph Half Life! This album is pure garbage! Do they still even have a band? I sure as hell can't tell!
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/20/2014 11:02:00 AM; Partial IP: .49.150.96)
    Location: ny,ny
    Comment: I haven't even finished this album and I'm not really happy...between this and the new Atmosphere (that I KNEW would be bad...)...I'm ready to quit. ALSO!!! Remember back in the day, when you had to go to the RAP/HIP HOP Section of Best Buy to find albums by The Roots (Grammy Award Winning/"R&B" group ?).... yeah, they are now labeled as an R&B group at Best Buy.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/19/2014 4:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.188.137)
    Location: Benztown, Germany
    Comment: Black Thought is still a monster at the mic but everything else about this album is amongst the worst that The Roots have ever released. Black Rock sucks especially bad cause it is so much inferior than Black Milks Deadly Medley which uses the same sample, it aint even funny.
    Name: (Posted: 5/18/2014 4:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.132.144)
    Location: KALi
    Comment: i just found out that the album cover is really a Romare Bearden piece titled "Pittsburgh Memory" (1964). I was right! Could have sworn it was and it is...glad I identified it, album covers sometimes reflect what the artist/musician is all about, I think this piece 50 years later is a form of artistic revival as a good reference to contemporary art and who ever was the art director for this album must be educated enough to use this piece as a artistic statement in terms of relevance in a cultural aspect.
    Name: (Posted: 5/17/2014 10:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 02.132.144)
    Location: KALi
    Comment: Does anyone remember the core original members of The Roots? how bout Hub... currently their audience or followers they catered to have expanded, and my theory is it has diluted the style(s) that they use to sound like. the younger generation get caught up in the popular disconnected from traditional and now bastard ignorant so called Pop "Rap" that there isnt any focus on Boom Bap "Hip Hop production and Emceeing". and the greatest excuse is the young are open to a wider range of different sounds... without having reference to older music at least 40 years old because of convenience of a million newer music on the internet instead of digging in real independent record shops. my generation and generation before me gave Real Hip Hop a REAL purpose to exist and we were Hip Hop Purists in the 90's. of course the young will listen but they wont pursue that good ol Boom Bap because they dont think like BBoys and BGirls anymore ...or ever. I do acknoledge the young BBoys and Bgirls who Keep it Real and are Hip Hop purists. if any artist pertaining to Hip Hop creates newer music that can be spun in a BBoy Bgirl cypher jam just as much as good old 60s 70s Funk can, then id take it seriously. im just concerned of the preservation of traditional golden Era funky Boom Bap "Hip Hop Culture. the only live bands that Bboys and Bgirls can rock to that is current would probably sound like or be the Dap Kings, El Michels Affair, Breakestra, Quantic. The Roots is live, but I remember what evolution they went through with ?uestlove's drumming starting from Organix then Do you want More and so on and so on. in this day and age the Funky drummer will always get some in my book just as long as they keep giving these funky nuances thats distinctive of the drummers soul, sometimes off beat on bar funk ish...and of course like Clyde Stubblefield. Do the younger generation know any funky all? and when they make music are they ever influnced by real drummers, or are they caught up in the trends to sound just like everyone else just to fit in the "cool pop crowd". heres one... the cover on this Album is similar to the art of Romare Bearden during the Harlem Renaissance. collage art which also includes looking at sample based music as collage art in sound but prohibited unless cleared or settled by original artist(s). no matter what The Roots sound like currently, ill still be a fan but will always refer to their older works but will still watch and enjoy them on the Jimmy Fallon show.
    Name: (Posted: 5/16/2014 8:31:00 PM; Partial IP: .61.159.64)
    Location: -
    Comment: The Roots are way too interested in large pay checks and making music that appeals to 40 year old white girls that don't like hip hop to ever make a straight hip hop album again that put them on the map in the first place. I look forward to new Roots albums about as much as I look forward to new Sugar Ray albums. They are dead and the only way you can say their new music is good is if you just force yourself to accept their new style of soft ass pop music.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/16/2014 2:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .112.135.3)
    Location: Delaware
    Comment: I have seen The Roots at least 30 times live I have purchased every LP, EP and sinlge they have ever released, this being no exception but I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed. I respect their artistry but the last few LPs just haven't really grabbed me like their old material. I wish they would go back to making up tempo bangers like Adreneline, Clones, etc... Things Fall Apart was their best work in my opinion. It's not that this LP is bad it's just not what I wanted to hear from these guys.
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