Listen: The Roots’ new song “When The People Cheer”

The Roots’ “When the People Cheer” — a new kind of hip-hop slow-jam but with a bite. Album drops May 13.

Consequence of Sound

The Roots  have unveiled “When The People Cheer”, the first track from their upcoming 11th studio album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin . Aesthetically similar to 2011’s  undun , the track, which premiered earlier today on Hot 97, is another in the group’s ongoing sonic experiments with the boundaries between jazz, classical, and hip-hop. With a few loops here, some heavy-duty spurts of drum there, and a sprinkling of choral harmonies and edited vocals, the legendary crew turn this quaint neo-classical ballad into some wildly experimental and emotionally-nuanced soundscape. While lyricism has always taken a major role in their songs, the rhymes of Black Thought almost melt into the music, adding new layers to the song and enhancing its exploratory qualities.

Update: Listen to the CDQ version below:

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