Hear The Roots new song, "Tomorrow", featuring Raheem DeVaughn.

Raheem DeVaughn Shines on The Roots' New Song, "Tomorrow"

Raheem DeVaughn Shines on The Roots' New Song, "Tomorrow"

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April 27 2014 11:48 AM

The Roots Embrace the Present on Their New Song, "Tomorrow"

Raheem DeVaughn stars on The Roots' latest track.

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Despite a career that has now stretched over 20 years, The Roots never get old; their blend of intellectual lyricism and eclectic instrumentation is just as vital now as it was in the early 90s. It also sounds just as good: "Tomorrow," the second track to be released off the group's eleventh and forthcoming album, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, is a soulful jaunt that's sure to please. The tune employs some crisp ragtime piano chords, a spare beat, and a warm croon from guest singer Raheem DeVaughn.

The first single off the new album, "When the People Cheer," was more in line with the group's socially conscious, often activist themes: it declaimed hip-hop misogyny and consumerism, couching a satiric commentary in a scathing first-person narrative. "Tomorrow," on the other hand, serves a simpler purpose, functioning as a light-hearted plea to enjoy the moment and embrace the present.


The song is a nice counterpoint to the group's weightier conceptual ambitions, which often include resolving  hip-hop's faults with its original mission. And Then You Shoot Your Cousin will be released May 13 via Def Jam.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter