This year, The Roots return with another conceptual album, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, that pulls from the same context as 2012’s undun but interprets through the perspectives of several different characters instead of one. ATYSYC almost serves as a street horror story except the "stories" are all too real which makes the album all that more poignant. The Roots are in top form utilizing the varying artistic identities of guests to evoke the different emotions that paradoxically come of having no future. At almost 33 minutes, listeners don't have much time to digest the heaviness of the content making the listening experience cautionary as the tales. Nina Simone in the "Theme From The Middle of The Night" opens ATYSYC and sets a melancholy tone. Black Thought is consistently best and at such a short duration, each phrase holds significance in communicating hopelessness of its speaker (returning contributors Greg Porn and Dice Raw). The single, "Never", features Icelandic singer and songwriter, Patty Crash, whose haunting vocals eerily convey the trap of life the characters were born into. As a concept album, listening in entirety is best but standouts "When People Cheer" and "Understand" truly highlight the dire social context of the album. ATYSYC remains authentic to The Roots’ sound and musicality and still pushes the limits of our consciousness.