Black Though sat down and discussed the upcoming Roots project, " & Then You Shoot Your Cousin."
It's been a while since we've seen a full release from The Roots, the latest beingÂ UndunÂ which was released in 2011, but far from disappearing during the interim, The Roots are more visible than ever, as they have appeared playing for numerous functions and The Late Show. However, their "hiatus" ends with the release of their upcoming concept album,Â & Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Black Thought of the The Roots spoke up about their most recent effort to XXL Mag, saying:
âWeâre close to being done on it, itâs coming soon, hopefully sometime this Spring. Itâs calledÂ And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Itâs conceptual; itâs another concept album in the spirit of Undun, but itâs not just about just one kind of character, we create quite a few different characters in this record. Itâs satire, but in that satire itâs an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community. I donât know if that makes any sense.â
If the album sounds similar toÂ Undun's conceptual aspirations, you would not be mistaken. However Thought goes at length discussing what differentiatesÂ & Then You Shoot Your CousinÂ from their prior effort, saying it will not focus on one character but a myriad of people.
âWe created some of these characters that we kind of see,â Thought said. âWe as artists, musicians, Philadelphians, New Yorkers, we as black men, weâre familiar with very many of these characters, and we kind of introduce them to the rest of the world in a manner that makes them more easily understood than maybe seeing it."
However likeÂ Undun,Â &TYSYCÂ will be on the shorter side as well.Â
âHopefully youâll get something new from it every time you listen to it, youâll hone in on something different," he said on the matter. "Itâs short enough to do that, to take in, to digest in one sitting, so to speak. I think right now itâs at maybe 34 minutes; there may be one or two musical things added on to the record that I know is the record at this point. But I donât think it will be any longer than 36 or 37 minutes in its entirety. So in that, itâs short enough to digest, but itâs gonna be dense. So dense that maybe in one sitting youâll listen to it and only listen to the piano and string arrangements, and then youâll listen to it again and youâll get into the actual words that are being said, and youâll listen again and get into some of the other musicality. Thereâs very many layers to this record, but it doesnât take place over very much time.â
Supposedly this album will see a Spring release date, let's hope that remains true. Are you excited for this record? How well do you think it will stand up to their previous entry,Â Undun.