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Published: 2014/02/28

The Roots Are Working On a New Album

On top of performing as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, recording a collaborative LP with Elvis Costello and an extensive touring schedule, The Roots still managed to carve out time to record a new album. Black Thought told XXL that the Philadelphia hip hop group will release And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, the band’s eleventh studio album, “hopefully sometime this spring.”

The follow up to 2011’s Undun will indeed be another concept album, Black Thought confirmed. “We create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip hop community, but in the community. I don’t know if that makes any sense,” the frontman explained.

Black Thought goes on to describe the forthcoming project as “sonically dense” and “short enough to digest in one sitting.” “There’s very many layers to this record, but it doesn’t take place over very much time,” he said. Stay tuned for more information on The Roots’ project in the coming months.

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