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The Roots’ Leak ‘…and then you shoot your cousin’ LP Art + Release Date

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Peep The Roots' 'And Then You Shot Your Cousin' Cover Art

The Roots have officially unveiled the cover art for their upcoming studio record …and then you shoot your cousin, following the release of “When The People Cheer,” their first single from the album. The Romare Bearden collage “Pittsburgh Memory” which is sampled whole for the LP’s cover gives a pretty good eyeball analog of the gritty-yet-avant-garde dissonance that defines the new record and will also be featured on an exclusive set of tees available at our very own Okayplayer Shop (but you can pre-order the album either digitally or on vinyl over at MyPlayDirect before its May 20th drop). We’ll have plenty more on &TYSYC soon so be sure to check back. You can read a bit about the piece below.

Romare Bearden (1911-1988); Pittsburgh Memory, 1964; mixed media collage on board; 8 1/2″ x 11 3/4″, signed Collection of halley k harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld, New York, NY; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

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Cat Stevens Performs The Classics Live On The Tonight Show With The Roots

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Cat Stevens Performs A Few Classic Tracks Live On The Tonight Show With The Roots

Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam recently paid a visit to The Tonight Show to perform a few folk classics with The Roots ahead of his upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this Thursday. He will be inducted alongside a list of heavyweights including Daryl Hall and John Oates, Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, The E Street Band, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein. The medley performance on The Tonight Show included awesome renditions of “First Cut Is The Deepest” and “Wide World.” Yusuf also returned to the stage for a solo performance of “The Wind.” Check the footage below to watch Yusuf’s performance with The Roots. Stay tuned for more from The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Nas x Q-Tip x The Roots – “One Love” + “The World Is Yours” Live On The Tonight Show

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Nas x Q-Tip perform "One Love" live on The Tonight Show w/ The Roots

NaS and fellow King of Queens Q-Tip join forces to perform “One Love” with a little help from The Roots like it was 1994 and my ghetto dreams had just been fulfilled. This is exactly the type of shit that God ordained The Roots as the house band at The Tonight Show for. I don’t know what to say about this one other than to type out all the words from memory as I sing along like Jerome’s niece on the way home from Jones Beach. The x factor of course is The Roots’ interpolation of The Heath Brothers’Smilin’ Billy Suite Pt. II” and of course the legendary killed it with an uptempo, fast-cadenced version but with James Poyser on the ill thumb piano parts to recreate the texture of of the melancholy original. The only thing that could make this better is if Tip & The Roots joined Nas on “The World Is Yours” as a web-only Illmatic XX encore. Oh shit, son…!

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The Roots – “When The People Cheer” [Radio Rip]

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The Roots "When The People Cheer"

The Roots drop new music on a radio listenership thirsty for quality raps! Courtesy of DJ Kast One‘s radio debut of “When The People Cheer” on Hot97, we get our first official listen to the new Roots concept LP/anti-rap opera titled …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Actually, not to brag but WE heard the whole thing in the sitting room of a Philadelphia townhouse last Friday and we can say without hesitation its going to be a game changer. Black Thought and Greg Porn‘s verses here give you a pretty good window into the lyrical approach of the album which could best be described as “f*ck that anti-rap” (would you believe un-rap?). Rather than the usual braggadocio, Thought and Porn occupy fully-realized characters that are distinct from themselves–and do many things besides the ‘win, win, win’ we usually expect from our fantasy thug avatars. The more you listen, the more you realize that this near-heretical violation of the G-code frees up the rappers to say things that couldn’t be rapped before, turning the “I Will Not Lose” logic of the genre on its head. Case in point, Thought’s line:

“I’m down to 95 dollars / That’s the extent of my riches / Out of 99 problems, 98 of ‘em is b*&tches…”

Just one of many brilliant bars on the project which turn the genre’s canonical rhymes inside out and expose their guts! We can’t say too much but even if some of what’s going on musically in this album is over the people’s heads, anybody who’s a serious student of the raps will be poring over every verse on here line by line. Also: holy hell, The Roots are dropping a new album–get psyched, y’all. Hear the radio rip below and stand by for the official CDQ version.

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The Roots & Friends Set To Play Hot 97′s Summer Jam 2014

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The Roots Are Slated To Play Hot 97's Summer Jam 2014 On June 1st At The MetLife Stadium In East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Roots have been announced as part of the monster lineup for Summer Jam 2014 – Hot 97‘s annual hip-hop fest at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ – joining a crazy list of performers including Nas, 50 Cent, Action Bronson, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, Bunji Garlin, Mack Wilds, Nicki Minaj and more. Hot 97 and Def Jam both tweeted the announcement earlier today:



The concert billed as the “hottest event of the summer” will feature The Roots and friends, though there’s been no word yet as to who will be joining The Legendary live onstage. If you know anything about The Roots, you should know to expect a bunch of surprises once they hit the stage. Check the footage below to watch the Hot 97 crew announce the lineup for Summer Jam 2014. Purchase tickets for the event via Ticketmaster. Stay tuned for more as Summer Jam 2014 approaches. Catch The Roots rocking the house on June 1st!

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