The Roots feat. Raheem DeVaughn – “Tomorrow” Apr28

The Roots feat. Raheem DeVaughn – “Tomorrow”...

I have seem some strange criticism in various C-sections about this track and the current trajectory of The Roots. “Tomorrow” likely fits cohesively into the storyline of The Roots’ concept album, …and then you shoot your cousin. On its own, the jawn is a poignant R&B track with the underrated (Radio) Raheem DeVaughn on vocals. But what the people want are Black Thought’s lyrical gymnastics over a rollicking boom bap orchestrated by Questlove. That sounds like shit you can find on their old albums. If you want that, you should heed Jay Z’s advice. Besides if you haven’t read Questlove’s essay on the failure of hip-hop’s promise to Black America, do yourself and read it now. One read will enlighten on you on The Roots’s new purpose in the musical landscape....

The Roots – “When The People Cheer” Apr07

The Roots – “When The People Cheer”...

I cannot do a write-up that does the same justice as Eddie Stats did on Okayplayer. Just recognize that Greg Porn and Black Thought embodied fully-fleshed characters created with great lyricism. The musicianship is at full power. And this is music for grown, thoughtful people that just happens to involve rapping. From the new Roots concept LP/anti-rap opera titled …And Then You Shoot Your...