February 9, 2023

The Roots | Undun

The best way to sneakily get something you want as a gift for Christmas? Buy concert tickets and have one of those happen to be yours… This was my gift to my brother, tickets to see The Roots the day after Christmas. Talk about having your cake and eating it too, Nailed it!

The Roots are one of those groups that progresses with each new album they put out. Their newest release entitled Undun is just that, a new step for The Roots. That was the first time I have seen them live and holy shit, they did not disappoint! They are in fact a bonafide band. All of the members are insane musicians with immense amount of talent. With no opener they played for a solid 3 1/2 hours non stop!

I will spare you the shit phone videos of them ripping the stage, it won’t do it any justice, and leave you with a write up of Undun, along with some videos.

Great way to finish off 2011!

undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented–postmortem–and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.

“At this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality,” says Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, 40. “We’ve been intentionally making our albums shorter in length so that they can be experienced as a continuous work. The music is band-oriented with an eye on the moody cinematic. As a DJ, I am the King of playlists, but I don’t want our albums to feel like a playlist or a mixtape for that matter. We want to tell stories that work within the album format and we want the stories to be nuanced and useful to people. undun is the story of this kid who becomes criminal, but he wasn’t born criminal. He’s not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner like Tupac’s character Bishop in “Juice”… he’s actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment… At the end of the day… isn’t that what we all do?”

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[youtube width=”600″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxaeiAblJuA[/youtube]

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