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The Roots: Undun

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    Amidst The Roots' busy schedule, from performing as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to recently hosting a Pre-Emmy Awards jam session, the legendary crew has returned with their latest musical creation, a new album entitled "Undun" (Island Def Jam). Set for release on December 6, 2011, "Undun" marks the first conceptually-based album from The Roots and quickly reaffirms the creativity of the outfit that are notorious for pushing the envelope.

    "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". Or as The Roots' drummer and spokesman Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson puts it:

    "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?"

    Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Doublas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business.

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    1. Dun (Intro)
    Producers: Ray Angry; Questlove (of The Roots)
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    2. Sleep
    Producers: Hot Sugar; Questlove (of The Roots)
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    3. Make My
    featuring Big K.R.I.T.; Dice Raw
    Producers: Khari Mateen; Questlove (of The Roots); Ray Angry
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    4. One Time
    featuring Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange); Dice Raw
    Producers: Ritz; Questlove (of The Roots)
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    5. Kool On
    featuring Greg Porn; Truck North
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots)
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    6. The OtherSide
    featuring Bilal Oliver; Greg Porn
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); James Poyser; Richard Nichols
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    7. Stomp
    featuring Greg Porn
    Producers: Sean C; LV
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    8. Lighthouse
    featuring Dice Raw
    Producers: Rick Friedrich; Questlove (of The Roots)
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    9. I Remember
    Producers: Khari Mateen; Questlove (of The Roots)
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    10. Tip The Scale
    featuring Dice Raw
    Producers: Questlove (of The Roots); Ray Angry; Khari Mateen; Richard Nichols
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    11. Redford Suite: Redford (For Yia-Yia & Papou)
    featuring Sufjan Stevens
    Producers: Sufjan Stevens
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    12. Possibility (2nd Movement)
    Producers: Ray Angry; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots)
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    13. Will To Power (3rd Movement)
    Producers: DD Jackson; Questlove (of The Roots); Richard Nichols
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    14. Finality (4th Movement)
    Producers: Ray Angry; Richard Nichols; Questlove (of The Roots)
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    4.3 Stars (4.3 Stars )
    Total Comments: 40
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/19/2014 12:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az
    Comment: Roots always come strong no sellout!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/20/2012 12:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 216.44.204)
    Location: Karlsruhe
    Comment: The Roots as good as always! People talking about this ain't a Roots album should re-listen those
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/15/2012 11:54:00 AM; Partial IP: 185.177.48)
    Location: dA bUrG, FL Chi-Town
    Comment: Amazing album!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/20/2012 7:39:00 AM; Partial IP: 49.156.187)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: Another fine effort from this legendary crew with a nice original concept. The music is well produced with nice lyrical flow from all of the MCs. Black thought is a beast for sure on the mic and one of my faves and oh yeah as for Dice Raw why don't you release a sophomore solo joint to the nice solo effort Reclaiming the dead???
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/19/2012 1:42:00 AM; Partial IP: .108.8.221)
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Comment: Solid. Album gets better with every listen. It'll grow on you.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/29/2011 1:27:00 PM; Partial IP: .252.98.64)
    Location: Ny to DC
    Comment: If u are looking for Illadelph Halflife a hip hop classic, this ain't it. However its good music and Thought still spits. Kinda reminds me of the last album initially a little too mellow with not enough edge. But sometimes mellow is good and you feel the album more with more listens.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/27/2011 11:55:00 AM; Partial IP: 162.128.53)
    Location: Chi
    Comment: They just keep getting better.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/25/2011 1:15:00 PM; Partial IP: .20.205.27)
    Location: quincy
    Comment: this shit has SOUL! essence of the ROOTS this album goes HAM. I can't see how anyone CAN'T appreciate this shit. GET YOUR KOOL ON
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/22/2011 1:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 123.207.45)
    Location: Constanta,Romania
    Comment: this is hip hop's next level.peace .
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/22/2011 9:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 42.110.153)
    Location: Los Angeles, Ca
    Comment: Albums dope, Beats Dope, Lyrics Dope, but chorus line not on point with flows
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/20/2011 1:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .108.3.241)
    Location: Agreeing with Name
    Comment: This AIN'T a Roots album... I am afraid it IS made for iTunes. A couple of bangers and the outs are dope but this is a bit disappointing. Not their soul that is in this. This is NOT vinatge Roots. Not in... Not it.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/19/2011 2:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 8.26.37.23)
    Location: raleigh norf cack
    Comment: all you mugfuggaz who say this is wack dont know what rel hip hop is this shyt is the best shyt I heard all year. fug the haters!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/18/2011 5:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 79.147.234)
    Location: BALTIMORE
    Comment: SHORT&SWEET BUT JUST LIKE MY OTTHER HEADS SAID IT'S MISSING 1 THING-MALIK B/4.5 IN MY BOOK. ONE TO DMV!!!BLACKK WAR REDEMPTION
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 12/18/2011 12:08:00 AM; Partial IP: 132.41.161)
    Location: Location
    Comment: To me this album sounds like it's made for iTunes sales and late night TV talk show performances. That's cool if that's the direction they want to go now days but this album is not for me and I hate it.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/16/2011 12:07:00 AM; Partial IP: 88.198.178)
    Location: Long Island NY
    Comment: yo the dude that said this album is wack should be shot down this is hip hop so take a hike
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 12/15/2011 11:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 10.158.236)
    Location: virginia beach,va
    Comment: this shit is wack just like hte many before this one. too much soul and not enough hip hop and the end of the lp is just unexplainable. there is 1 song on here that you could thump and thats it -not that I like to shit on roots but ever since the outkast aquemini lp artists like roots, common and mos def all went wack. hardwood floors with incense burning while wearing thrift store hats take over your mind then you start wearing bracelets and shit. weak garbage far from real hip hop too too soft
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/13/2011 8:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 68.153.251)
    Location: Dfw
    Comment: Wow! The roots never disappoint. Get this masterpiece.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/13/2011 3:04:00 PM; Partial IP: 50.248.243)
    Location: Era
    Comment: mmm 90s are magical, the best times for hip hop, this new albums is just decent
    Name: (Posted: 12/13/2011 1:03:00 PM; Partial IP: .235.0.113)
    Location: 215
    Comment: Not as good as there last LP. A little disappointing, not mixed as well either. concept albums never seem to be as good.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/13/2011 1:02:00 PM; Partial IP: .235.0.113)
    Location: PARTS UNKNOWN
    Comment: What happened to the hip hop Roots? This is elevator music. Don't get me wrong. The Roots are one of the greatest bands of all time but the last 2 albums weren't very hip hop.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/12/2011 6:14:00 PM; Partial IP: 6.99.54.44)
    Location: Philly
    Comment: The album is nice but once again Malik B really needs to be on this album. The concept is from his Mob Ties single and Street asult mix tape. Maybe why this album has that mix tape feel. "Mob Ties is a story of a Mob Man . well depicted. I think it's on I Tunes.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/9/2011 5:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.236.148)
    Location: Tx
    Comment: This album is the sooooooooo freeeeeeeeeesh!!!!!!! Finally some GreaT Hip Hop to jam @work too!!!! Mad Propz to The RootZ for this GeM!!!!! LIKE mKdEEz, i'M Lovin it!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/8/2011 1:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 13.159.195)
    Location: L.E.S NYC
    Comment: One word....music.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/7/2011 9:07:00 PM; Partial IP: .60.58.103)
    Location: PA Native
    Comment: Anything less, you're a zombie...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/7/2011 2:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.59.30.22)
    Location: Milw
    Comment: if you dont love this album, I dont know what to tell you. this is what you expect from the Roots. Shows a lot of growth (hard to imagine after 20 years of putting out bangers) and feels completely natural. Amazed, once again!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/7/2011 8:50:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.123.36)
    Location: North Carolina
    Comment: Epic Album!, The Roots has done it again.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/6/2011 8:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 34.129.208)
    Location: NH
    Comment: Dope. not enough from thought. couldnt get malik & hub on one song? other than that.. ill
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/6/2011 2:52:00 AM; Partial IP: .231.18.85)
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Comment: amazing... this album is greatness front to back. what a great way to end the year.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/5/2011 6:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.137.235)
    Location: S-City
    Comment: Not just great Hip Hop music, great music period. Classic, Masterpiece, whatever you wanna call it!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/5/2011 11:12:00 AM; Partial IP: 70.112.221)
    Location: Seoul
    Comment: this is grown man music
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/4/2011 1:40:00 PM; Partial IP: 31.248.130)
    Location: ca
    Comment: not as good as How I Got Over
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/4/2011 1:12:00 AM; Partial IP: 16.139.187)
    Location: illadelph
    Comment: tightest yet from the local hall of famers!!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/3/2011 6:06:00 AM; Partial IP: .173.39.72)
    Location: NYC
    Comment: Pretty good.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/2/2011 3:38:00 PM; Partial IP: .128.44.68)
    Location: 413
    Comment: No complaints here - supreme
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/30/2011 8:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 62.225.156)
    Location: CT
    Comment: really missing malik b on this album.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/29/2011 11:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .200.68.84)
    Location: QC
    Comment: long live
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/29/2011 10:23:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.206.246)
    Location: heLL
    Comment: Never disappointing
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/29/2011 7:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 41.113.192)
    Location: chi
    Comment: jesus fucking christ this album is good.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/29/2011 3:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 248.81.127)
    Location: albany, ny
    Comment: contender for album of the year.
    Name: (Posted: 11/27/2011 6:17:00 PM; Partial IP: .60.58.103)
    Location: PA Native
    Comment: Sure to be another masterpiece.
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