The new album from The Roots, & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, was revealed last year. Things have been pretty quiet about the record recently, but it came to light recently that they are, in fact, almost done recording that album. Black Thought, speaking to XXL, said the album will "hopefully" be out in the spring and they're "close to be being done on it."

The album is their followup to 2011's undun and Black Thought explained that it's going to be a concept album, saying "We create quite a few different characters in this record. 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. I don't know if that makes any sense." He elaborated his point even further, continuing "We created some of these characters that we kind of see... 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."

He mentioned that the record will be "dense" and clocks in at around 34 minutes. Black Thought said "So dense," explaining "that maybe in one sitting you'll listen to it and only listen to the piano and string arrangements, and then you'll listen to it again and you'll get into the actual words that are being said, and you'll listen again and get into some of the other musicality. There's very many layers to this record, but it doesn't take place over very much time."

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