The Roots are working on a new album, ‘And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

The Roots' Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Should we be looking forward to a new Roots album this year? Well according to XXL, who chatted it up with member Black Thought this week, they should have something for us very, very soon. 

“We’re close to being done on it, it’s coming soon, hopefully sometime this spring,” Thought told the site. Somehow in the midst of their new gig on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, a collab album with Elvis Costello, and other various projects, the boys must’ve been sneaking in studio sessions in between their busy schedules.

 “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,” Thought continued. “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.”

The title? And Then You Shoot Your Cousin – a concept that will orchestrate and narrate the lives of multiple characters, in comparison to their 2011 album, undun, which focuses on the story of one semi-fictional character Redford Stephens who battles with a life of crime and quick capital. “We created some of these characters that we kind of see,” Thought said. “We as artists, musicians, Philadelphians, New Yorkers, we as black men, we’re familiar with very many of these characters, and we kind of introduce them to the rest of the world in a manner that makes them more easily understood than maybe seeing it.”

Enoy their 2011 album, undun, below.