By Courtney E. Smith

How do they do it? The Roots are Jimmy Fallon’s house band on The Tonight Show all week long and apparently have been keeping themselves occupied in the off hours with a new album. It is ominously titled ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin and if you find all of this hard to believe, suspend that thought while you listen to the first single, “When the People Cheer.”

The track starts like a child’s nursery rhyme and quickly veers into other territory, including a verse that leads from twerking to eating a Johnny Cochran.

Black Thought called this one a  concept album and expanded in an interview with XXL, saying, “It’s conceptual; it’s another concept album in the spirit of undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character, 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.”



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