...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2014 Ratings: #508 / 845
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2014 Ratings: #306
May 19, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
HipHopDX

And Then You Shoot Your Cousin plays out like a Hip Hop funeral dirge. It is sparse, melancholy and, at certain points, it may be one of The Roots’ most intentionally sonically dissonant albums since Phrenology.

80
Paste

...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is a short album, and one with sparingly few “hits.” But conceptually, The Roots prove their mastery of mixing high and low culture for diverse audiences. 

80
Exclaim!

While the album showcases the band's equilibrium and by now unquestioned versatility, it does mean that amidst the intended dissonance and vocal cameos, Black Thought's verses are not as prominent.

80
XXL

The Roots have not only proven once again that they are one of hip-hop’s most consistent acts, but also one of the genre’s most important.

70
AllMusic

It might be the one that requires the most deep listening to absorb. Part of that can be attributed to the array of voices, or characters -- the widest variety of Roots guests yet. 

67
A.V. Club

With their 11th effort, The Roots have managed yet another album individualistic like little else in hip-hop, but unlike their best work this one’s more interested in scholastic provocation than genuine pathos.

60
Spin

Unlike 2010's How I Got Over, where the Roots attempted (and largely succeeded) to find solutions for their mid-life crises, this one is all fire-and-brimstone critique.

58
Consequence of Sound

Despite the record’s production, some of the group’s most ambitious to date, it feels incomplete, seemingly ending five or six songs early. It’s a grower, yes, but there’s too much to unpack for it to sound vital to modern hip-hop’s equilibrium.

YungNoodle
70
not enough black thought
thebibleparttwo
71
a conflicting album to think about
chuyin49
70
Solid album. Just listen to it for what it is and dont freak out like i did when "Dies Irae" comes out. On that track, i felt like someone was about to sneak behind me and stab the shit out of me.
MrRicoSlick
75
The Roots are one of the most if not the most progressive Hip Hop groups of the post-golden age era. Creating deeply conceptual albums with a great aesthetic appeal and robust feel. ...And Then you Shoot your cousin does not deviate much from these basic defining principles of their musical output. However, with its marginalization of the Root's emcees for the sake of vocalists and instrumentals makes the album feel like a ?uestlove collaborative album rather than a Roots crew collective ... read more
tha138
74
Deep and spiritual can be also very tasteful.
A pleasure!
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#16/Vibe
#62/PopMatters

Track List

  1. Theme From The Middle Of The Night (performed by Nina Simone)
  2. Never (featuring Patty Crash)
  3. When The People Cheer (featuring Greg Porn)
  4. The Devil (performed by Mary Lou Williams) 
  5. Black Rock (featuring Dice Raw)
  6. Understand (featuring Dice Raw & Greg Porn)
  7. Dies Irae (performed by Michel Chion)
  8. The Coming (featuring Mercedes Martinez)
  9. The Dark (Trinity) (featuring Dice Raw & Greg Porn)
  10. The Unraveling (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)
  11. Tomorrow (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)
  12. Nothing  
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