So after hearing about it in the twitter streets from Frankie Knuckles and watching questlove hype it up for the last few months… We FINALLY get our first peek at The Roots’ newest album, “Undun.” Pulling in Hip Hops most recent winner, Big K.R.I.T. with Khari Mateen producing, The Roots get into that real hip hop with a touch of the last album “How I Got Over” feel running though the whole song. Nice Monday Musics. Check it below.
“At this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality. 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?”
…and enjoy. Because I’ll be all over this in the coming months.