On May 19th, The Legendary Roots Crew will drop their 13th album & Then You Shoot Your Cousin. A satirical concept album, &TYSYC, is rumored to be a bit shorter and “more dense” than their last conceptual album Undun. If “When The People Cheer” is a fair representation, then that statement is very true. The bass line, the keys, the drums, the vocals, and everything else on the track seems to exist in their own space devoid of the rest, then come together to create the heavy end product. Sonically, this track is very much in the same vein as How I Got Over, if you ask me, and that’s a good thing. Lyrically, the Anti-Rap opera as the group is calling the album, is a pretty dope concept. Greg Porn and Black Thought each take on characters that shadow the general rap formulas used to sell records. The cliches lose their appeal though, something about the way these stereotypical verses are spit that expose the falsehoods of the rap game as opposed to glorifying them.
?uestlove & Capt Kirk of The Legendary Roots Crew are known in a very small circle in New York as Black Simon and Garfunkel. Last night on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” they took on Lorde’s hit song “Royals”.