There are a bunch of reasons why The Roots are awesome, among them the fact that they’re one of the only acts – Hip-Hop or otherwise – who are in the double-digits discography wise and still churning out arguably some of the best music of their career (see their moody, ultra-lean 2011 album, Undun). What’s more is that since taking up a full-time gig with Jimmy Fallon in 2009, it seems like the band has counter-intuitively upped its work rate in terms of album releases (five solo and collaborative LPs since 2010!).
It doesn’t look like they have plans to slow down any time soon either. After announcing their 11th studio album album, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, earlier this year, The Roots now unveil “When The People Cheer,” the first single off the record. With its melancholy piano arrangement and meditative character sketches from Black Thought and honorary Roots crew member Greg Porn, the song plays like a trailer for a sequel to their most recent album (not surprising, since the band has described …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin as another concept record in the vein of Undun).
…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is scheduled out later this year.
Update: Per Questlove, the album’s release date is May 13.