The Rundown: The Roots, ...and then you shoot your cousin

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The Roots, ...and then you shoot your cousin

One can only wonder how The Roots could know your deepest and most inner-thoughts and secrets and transform them into the cinematic sounds of ...and then you shoot your cousin, their eleventh studio album. But after more than two decades in the game, anything is possible for the first official hip hop band. Their latest effort is an amalgamation of the genre, plus neo-soul and jazz, picking up where undun left off, but with a twist. Instead of focusing on the life and death of Redford Stevens, a fictitious character, The Roots bring several characters to life with each of Questlove's drum solos and Black Thought's straight forward poeticism. 

With some assistance from Raheem DeVaughn, Patty Crash, Mary Lou Williams, the Metropolis Ensemble and more, ...and then you shoot your cousin is a progressive execution of piano riffs, strings, percussion and thought-provoking political hip hop like never heard before. Keep reading for a track-by-track look. — Dominique Zonyeé (@DominiqueZonyee

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