The Roots ft. Greg Porn - When The People Cheer

Posted 2 years ago
The Roots

The Roots’ last solo album, 2011’s undun, chronicled the rise and dramatic downfall of a middleman in the drug trade. On the forthcoming follow-up, the Philly representatives will shift focus to tackle the contradictions and psychological intricacies of their own industry, the hip-hop game. Lead single When the People Cheer can be seen as bridging the gap between the two worlds, depicting a pair of characters whose mindsets echo rap’s emphasis on sex and money, despite the fact that they’re broke and romantically unsatisfied. Roots affiliate Greg Porn opens with a 16 from the standpoint of a struggling street tough, and Black Thought follows him up with a verse narrating the myriad affairs of a “sex-addicted introvert” with a woman back home. To accompany their bars, the crew’s instrumental contingent create a pensive backdrop fueled by delicate piano arpeggios. And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is slated to drop later this year via Def Jam. In the meantime, of course, fans can keep it locked for further singles off the set.

UPDATE: We’ve added the Joe Baughman-created visuals for When the People Cheer.

The Roots Greg Porn Editors PicksHitmakerLyricalMusic Videos

Written by
Posted 2 years ago
Get The PLUG app by DJBooth and get the best hip-hop writing and news delivered daily.

More from The Roots

The Roots - ...and then you shoot your cousin Cover
Artist: The Roots
It's been three long years since The Roots dazzled critics and listeners alike with undun, a concept album chronicling the rise and fall of a young hustler. With the follow-up, ...and then you shoot your cousin, the Philly... More
Posted on May 18, 2014

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

Drake Plans to “Soundtrack Your Life” with “More Life” Project in December

After teasing fans about prospective project releases since "Views" dropped in April, Drizzy announces his next "project." Read More
Posted 4 hours ago by DJ Z

D.R.A.M. “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” 1 Listen Album Review

D.R.A.M.'s debut album isn't flawless but it's full of fun, love and joy. Read More
Posted 2 days ago by Yoh

“Rick Grimes is Dead,” According to Murs’ Latest Video

The veteran emcee capitalizes off of the most popular TV show in the country with a zombie-filled quickstrike release. Read More
Posted 2 days ago by Brent Bradley

Joe Budden’s “Rage & The Machine” is a Reminder He’s a Great Emcee

On his latest album, Budden displays the lyrical and conceptual skills that made fans love him in the first place. Read More
Posted 2 days ago by Brent Bradley

Nas’ Album Isn’t Done Yet, But You Should Be Excited About It

Jay Z’s long-time A&R and the guy who signed Kanye is working on Nas’ new album—and that’s good news for everyone. Read More
Posted 2 days ago by Andy James

Chance The Rapper Releases “How Great” Video, But It’s Not That Great

The video serves as a reminder that no artist is perfect, and everyone has the occasional misfire. Read More
Posted 2 days ago by Brent Bradley
Sample Text - Sample Link




Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.