The Roots’ New Album Title Was Inspired By KRS-One

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The Roots have been on a press run as of late promoting their new album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. With such a provocative title, many questioned the inspiration and idea behind it. During an interview with Sway, for Shade 45′s Town Hall Discussion, ?uestlove and Black Thought cited KRS-One as an inspiration behind the album’s title.

“The inspiration behind the actual title was a line from KRS-One back in the day about emcees being more worried about their financial backin’//steady packin’ the gat as if something is gonna happen//but then it doesn’t//you wind up shooting your cousin//you’re buggin’. So it’s about the irony in that. After all we been through, so many movements, so many generations have come and gone. So many people have kind of fought and died for the freedoms you have and for you to make the choices that you do, and that we do,” said Black Thought.

That was just one of the many things the two discussed with Sway during this hour long interview regarding their storied career. You can check that and Black Thought’s insane freestyle below. In the meantime, if you can’t wait for their album, check out their track “Tomorrow”, featuring Raheem DeVaughn.