As house band on The Tonight Show, the Roots are in the odd position of having full and complete job security. That means they’re utterly free to turn their albums into art-rap excursions, which is exactly what they’re doing. Just like the band’s last album, 2011’s undun, their new …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is a concept album, with a loose narrative framework, about rap and violence and the American condition. It veers from hard and direct rap to abstract soul-jazz, and it’s got contributions from singers like Raheem DeVaughn and Mercedes Martinez as well as rappers like Dice Raw and Greg Porn. We’ve posted the early tracks “When The People Cheer” and “Tomorrow,” and now you can stream the whole LP at Pitchfork.
…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is out 5/19 on Def Jam.