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...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

by The Roots

...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin by The Roots

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...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

by The Roots

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Label: Def Jam Records
Much like The Roots' 2011 album undun, this suite is an orchestral blues about people at their breaking point. Greek chorus-like vocals by Patty Crash, Raheem DeVaughn and Mercedes Martinez underline that this is a societal tragedy, but DeVaughn's "Tomorrow" offers optimism, too. Meanwhile, Black Thought, Greg Porn and Dice Raw personify the characters' frustrations on "Understand" and "Black Rock," perhaps the album's most straight-up hip-hop track. This is an art piece that rewards repeat listens, but its studious idiosyncrasies may dissuade some from making the journey.

About This Album

Much like The Roots' 2011 album undun, this suite is an orchestral blues about people at their breaking point. Greek chorus-like vocals by Patty Crash, Raheem DeVaughn and Mercedes Martinez underline that this is a societal tragedy, but DeVaughn's "Tomorrow" offers optimism, too. Meanwhile, Black Thought, Greg Porn and Dice Raw personify the characters' frustrations on "Understand" and "Black Rock," perhaps the album's most straight-up hip-hop track. This is an art piece that rewards repeat listens, but its studious idiosyncrasies may dissuade some from making the journey.

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About This Album

Much like The Roots' 2011 album undun, this suite is an orchestral blues about people at their breaking point. Greek chorus-like vocals by Patty Crash, Raheem DeVaughn and Mercedes Martinez underline that this is a societal tragedy, but DeVaughn's "Tomorrow" offers optimism, too. Meanwhile, Black Thought, Greg Porn and Dice Raw personify the characters' frustrations on "Understand" and "Black Rock," perhaps the album's most straight-up hip-hop track. This is an art piece that rewards repeat listens, but its studious idiosyncrasies may dissuade some from making the journey.