After a year of mentions and murmurs, it seems The Roots are now speaking up about their forthcoming album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Earlier this week, Roots’ drummer and Philly hometown hero Questlove posted artwork for their new single “When The People Cheer” on Instagram to the shock and delight of fans.
This release will be the 11th studio album for the highly-acclaimed group, who have been dominating the headlines over the last few years. From becoming the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, moving over to The Tonight Show and being featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine, The Roots have been single-handedly changing the face of late night television.
The legendary music group first got its start right here in Philly when Quest and Black Thought met at Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts—affectionately referred to as CAPA in Philly. Since then, the duo has worked non-stop to achieve their current level of music industry success. According to Questlove’s autobiography Mo Meta Blues, it was a long ride for the group with plenty of twist, turns and learning experiences. But now, it’s clear that the Philly natives have nothing but smooth sailing ahead.
Most listeners first fell in love with The Roots sound during the Philadelphia soul revival of the late 90s and early 2000s. During this time, The Roots crew, which included Black Thought, Questlove and James Poyser, were making music in Philly and creating the soundtrack for a movement that would forever change the music industry, bringing us artists like Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, Kindred The Family Soul, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, Jaguar Wright and more.
The Roots are set to reach new heights with this album, and we’re definitely hype to see a group who has released multiple albums and landed GRAMMY wins continue to build new audiences and fans around the globe. And, of course they’re always willing to rep strong for their hometown.
The new album is a concept album in the vein of Undun. Undeniably, The Roots have become masters at telling well-thought-out stories supported by their immaculate music production. According to Roots Crew emcee Black Thought, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin will revolve around a cast of characters that they have encountered throughout their travels, careers and personal lives.
Questlove’s Instagram caption informed fans that the album will be available on May 13—just in time for this year’s Roots Picnic, which takes place in Philly on May 31. So, in addition to seeing headliners like Snoop Dog and Janelle Monae, fans might just get a chance to experience some of The Roots’ new material live. #winning.
This just may be the most epic Roots Picnic yet, so grab your tickets soon. Until then, check out the new single and let us know what you think!