The Roots drop their new provocative visual for the Patty Crash-assisted “Never” today that shows a young man on a journey through an abandoned town. He battles demons on the way to overcoming them in this video/audio record that naturally possesses the depth we’ve all come to appreciate The Roots for. Off the new album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.
10 years ago this summer, you may remember Dave Chappelle’s Block Party — a free block party in Brooklyn featuring performances by Kanye West, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Cody Chesnutt, Big Daddy Kane, and the Fugees. I sure do, I bought the DVD of its documentary-style film (one of my first music DVDs at that).
That list of artists won’t be topped this year, but the bottom line is that Dave Chappelle is back to New York City 10 years later. The Roots, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Busta Rhymes, and DJ Premier are all set to co-headline with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall across three days this June, the 24th through 26th. He’s looking to apply the same formula of stand-up mixed with neo-soul hip hop that was a success at the Block Party. Now, a different, and prestigious venue. Chappelle will also be performing solo standup shows at Radio City from June 18th-June 22nd (already sold out). But NYC readers, and readers all around, here’s the weekend to plan a New York trip.
The Roots‘ new album is in stores now, as of two days ago, and to celebrate, they were guests on their own show. Hah! Naturally, the Tonight Show house band took center stage the other night for a performance of “Never” above. Great aesthetics in addition to sound (of course).
Additionally, they put up “The Dark (Trinity)” from their new album on their Soundcloud today — letting in late listeners to one of their darkest tracks on the album. Featured guest Dice Raw spits with Black Thought on such topics as materialism and even death. It’s one that’ll grow on you if you’re not in the mood for it right away, as once again, the full album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, is on shelves and online now.
The Roots premiere a new, fresh stop-motion video for “Understand”, one of the standouts off And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. The piano keys are the coolest recurring moment for me as the visuals bring some of the lyrics to (stop-motion) life. Album drops Tuesday!
The Roots new album is also up for stream today — one week before it’s release next Tuesday. And Then You Shoot Your Cousin features familiar collaborators Raheem DeVaughn and Dice Raw amongst others. Press play and enthrall yourself below.