[Hip-Hop] The Roots – When The People Cheer

The Roots
When The People Cheer

If you’re like us here at TMN, Mondays probably aren’t your favorite your day of the week. After a long day back on the grind, it’s surprises like this that really can make it all worth it.

As they get set for the release of their first LP in nearly three years, The Roots have decided to share with us the lead single from the project, “When The People Cheer.” Contrary from what you might perceive from the title, the song is far from celebratory. Pensive in nature, the track features Black Thought utilizing a more melodic flow to start, before switching to a quietly thoughtful, yet emphatically determined cadence after the chorus. This is all balanced by some rhythmic drums and refined piano work provided by ?uestlove and the rest of The Legendary Roots Crew.

While a song like this won’t necessarily move the needle, it’s great to know that the band can still produce quality music over 20 years into their respective careers. Keep your eyes peeled for The Roots’ next album,  And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, out via Def Jam on May 13th.

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DC and Hooks aka Canadian powerhouse Zeds Dead are back with another eery remix to throw in your DJ sets and iPods. This time they take on soulful vocals by Conor Oberst of the brand new supergroup Monsters of Folk. Although the original track featured The Roots, the ZD version omits the raps and goes strait for the ghostly vibe. As usual they bring their grimy, shifting bass rifts and crispy beats to round out the track and give it their stamp of approval. Although it was a bit too short to really sink my teeth into (at only 3 minutes) this is a chilly new tune which is a great listen, especially if its cold and grey outside. Be sure to pick up Zeds Dead’s new album Adrenaline and catch them on tour with Araab Musik (who rips shit up on dual MPCs) when they swing through your town this spring.

The Roots ft. Monsters of Folk – Dear God 2.0 (Zeds Dead Remix)

’The Roots ft. Monsters of Folk – Dear God 2.0 (Zeds Dead Remix)’
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