The Roots - "When The People Cheer"

In their capacity as the Tonight Show house band, the Roots don’t exactly need to keep making albums, but they’re doing it anyway. The long-running Philly group has just announced plans to release album number 11, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Like the last one, 2011′s undun, this one is a concept album about rap and representation and what it’s like to grow up in an unforgiving, violent environment. “When The People Cheer,” the first track they’ve released, is a moody, lyrically dense piece with self-aware trap-everyman verses from Black Thought and frequent collaborator Greg Porn. Listen below.

And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is coming soon from Def Jam.

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  1. Most consistent group in the game. Black Thought is most underrated. They are doing more to further rap than anyone out there. They know their lane and stay in it.

  2. Check out the Roots awesome new song in person at the Essence Music Festival !! Especially if you are a student looking for a discount!! http://www.essence.com/festival/marketing/buy-tickets

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