...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (CD) [Explicit]


The Roots

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Amoeba Review

05/18/2014

The Roots needed an album like the audaciously titled …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin to reaffirm their status as one of the most important groups in hip-hop. The band, once more often noted for their musicianship, emcee skills and social consciousness rather than for being Jimmy Fallon’s house band, pour themselves into their musically rich follow-up to 2011’s undun. “I try to keep both of my feet on the ground” they rap over a woozy beat and sample on “Never,” ending unexpectedly in angelic chorus. “When the People Cheer” features some excellent rapping by Black Thought and a morose chorus with Modesty Lycan’s raspy voice singing “nobody wins, but nobody cares, they just want blood when the people cheer.” “Black Rock” puts the band’s musicianship front-and-center as they unleash a classic reggae jam. And “Understand” features an intoxicating organ riff while the band raps more loosely and appealingly than they have in years. We’ll let The Roots keep their day job, as long as they come back every so often with an album as cool as this one.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Theme From The Middle Of The Night
The Roots , Nina Simone 01:27
2.
Never
The Roots , Patty Crash 03:54
3.
When The People Cheer
The Roots , Modesty Lycan , Greg Porn 03:01
4.
The Devil
The Roots , Mary Lou Williams 00:38
5.
Black Rock
The Roots , Dice Raw 02:41
6.
Understand
The Roots , Greg Porn , Dice Raw 02:50
7.
Dies Irae
The Roots , Michel Chion 01:08
8.
The Coming
The Roots , Mercedes Martinez 03:01
9.
The Dark (Trinity)
The Roots , Greg Porn , Dice Raw 05:17
10.
The Unraveling
The Roots , Raheem DeVaughn 04:18
11.
Tomorrow
The Roots , Raheem DeVaughn 05:06

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