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The Roots – undun

undun is unlike any rap album I’ve ever heard before. It’s made up of 14 tracks with a running time amounting to only about 39 minutes, and of those 14 tracks, only nine actually feature any rapping. It’s also a hip-hop concept album, which is one of those things that you read about and wonder, “why don’t people make these more often?” until you realize it’s usually a major pain in the ass trying to follow a storyline when the narration is flying by at six or seven words per measure. And undun isn’t one of those Sgt. Pepper-y concept albums where the concept is something like, “the Beatles, under the guise of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, play a concert.

“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.”

Yeah, heavy shit. There aren’t many rap groups with the artistic skills (or the balls) to pull this off, but the Roots are definitely one of them. On the second track, “Sleep,” the Roots’ resident lyrical genius Black Thought spits 16 bars delivered from the point of view of a dying Redford reflecting back on his life: “Illegal activity controls my black symphony/Orchestrated like it happened incidentally/Oh, there I go, from a man to memory/Damn, I wonder if my fam will remember me.

The beats throughout the album provide mid-tempo, soulful backdrops that suggest a Southern, urban setting for the events depicted on the album (although Redford’s hometown is never explicitly stated). It’s hard to select highlights because there aren’t any lowlights among the rap tracks, but the ironic gangsta-lifestyle celebration “Kool On” might boast the best hook on the disc. “Stomp” features Just Blaze going drill sergeant on the chorus (so you know it’s a hot track), and finds Black Thought “headed for the valley of the damned” and comparing hell to the Sudan.

Things change abruptly on the last four tracks of the album, however. “Redford,” “Possibility,” “Will To Power,” and “Finality” combine to form a four-movement piece that alternates between classical and jazz, as though someone took Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and Muse’s “Exogenesis” and threw them in a blender. The four tracks run a combined total of only five minutes, but it’s a jarring and unexpected way to end the album (if you’re listening without paying attention to what number track you’re on, you’ll most likely be surprised when the music just stops all of a sudden). After half an hour of sublime lyricism, undun could’ve used something more Rootsy and less artistic-with-a-capital-A to provide the finale. It’s about the musical equivalent of dumping caviar onto a fillet mignon. It’s no longer flawless, but you’d still be a fool for passing it up.

Undun is the tenth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots. It was released on December 2, 2011, by Def Jam Recordings. The album was recorded in sessions at several studios in Philadelphia and New York City. Production was handled primarily by Questlove, the band's record producer and drummer. Wikipedia

Artist: The Roots
Release date: December 2, 2011
Genres: East Coast Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop/Rap

 

The Roots “Make My” (official video)

Make My The Roots Lyric

Featuring Dice Raw & Big K.R.I.T.
Produced by Ray Angry, Questlove & Khari Mateen
Album undun

[Verse 1: Big K.R.I.T]

I did it all for the money, Lord... It's what it seems
Well, in the world of night terrors it's... hard to dream
They hollerin' "Cash rules everything..." Just call it cream
'Cause when it rises to the top, you get... The finer things
Oceanfronts, rolling blunts with model chicks
And saying grace over lobster and steak
Like please forgive us for riding Benzes with camera plates
Too busy looking backwards for jackers to pump my brakes
For help signs to symbolize the lives that hunger takes
Addicted to the green; if I don't ball, I'll get the shakes
I'd give it all for peace of mind, for Heaven's sakes
My heart's so heavy that the ropes that hold my casket breaks
'Cause everything that wasn't for me I had to chase
I had to take, I had to take

[Hook: Dice Raw]

They told me that the ends
Won't justify the means
And they told me at the end
It won't justify the dreams
That I've had since a child
Maybe I'll throw in the towel
Make my (make my), make my (make my)
Departure from the world

[Verse 2: Black Thought]

Tryin' to control the fits of panic
Unwritten and unraveled, it's the dead man's pedantic
Whatever, see it's really just a matter of semantics
When everybody's fresh out of collateral to damage
And my splaying got me praying like a mantis
I begin to vanish, feel the pull of the blank canvas
I'm contemplating that special dedication
To whoever it concern, my letter of resignation
Fading back to black, my dark coronation
The heat of the day, the long robe of muerte
That soul is in the atmosphere like airplay
If there's a Heaven, I can't find the stairway

[Hook: Dice Raw]

They told me that the ends
Won't justify the means
And they told me at the end
It won't justify the dreams
That I've had since a child
Maybe I'll throw in the towel
Make my (make my), make my (make my)
Departure from the world

 

The Roots – The Seed (2.0) ft. Cody ChesnuTT

The Seed (2.0) The Roots Lyric

Featuring Cody ChesnuTT
Produced by Questlove & Cody ChesnuTT
Album Phrenology

[Verse 1: Black Thought]

Knocked up 9 months ago
And what she finna have? She don't know
She want neo-soul, this hip-hop is old
She don't want no Rock n' Roll
She want platinum or ice or gold
She want a whole lot of something to fold
If you a obstacle, she just drop you cold
Cause one monkey don't stop the show
Little Mary is bad, and these streets she done ran
Ever since when the heat began
I told her "Girl, look here, calm down, I'mma hold your hand
To enable you to peep the plan, cause you's quick to learn
We can make money to burn if you allow me to lay this game"
I don't ask for much but enough room to spread my wings
And the world finna know my name

[Verse 2: Cody Chesnutt]

I don't ask for much these days
And I don't bitch and whine if I don't get my way
I only want to fertilize another behind my lover's back
I sit and watch it grow roots standing where I'm at
Fertilize another behind my lover's back
And I'm keeping my secrets mine

[Hook 1: Cody Chesnutt]

I push my seed in her bush for life
It's gonna work because I'm pushing it right
If Mary drops my baby girl tonight
I would name her "Rock n' Roll"

[Verse 3: Black Thought]

Uh huh, Cadillac need space to roam
Where we heading for? She don't know
We in the city where the pros shake, rattle, and roll
And I'm a gad-dang rolling stone
I don't beg, I can hold my own
I don't break, I can hold the chrome
And it's weighing a ton and I'm a son of a gun
My code name is The Only One
And Black Thought is bad, these streets he done ran
Ever since when the game began
I never played the fool, matter of fact, I been keeping it cool
Since money been changing hands, and I'm left to shine
The legacy that I leave behind be the seed that'll keep the flame
I don't ask for much, but enough room to spread these wings
And the world finna know my name, now listen to me

[Verse 4: Cody Chesnutt]

I don't beg from no rich man
And I don't scream and kick
When his shit don't fall in my hands, man
Cause I know how to steal
Fertilize another against my lover's will
I lick the opposition cause she don't take no pill
Ooh, ooh, ooh no, dear
You'll be keeping my legend alive

[Hook 1: Cody Chesnutt]

I push my seed in her bush for life
It's gonna work because I'm pushing it right
If Mary drop my baby girl tonight
I would name her "Rock-n-roll"
Oh, break it down, break it down, down for me

[Hook 3: Cody Chesnutt]

I push my seed somewhere deep in her chest
I push it naked cause I've taken my test
Delivering Mary: it don't matter the sex
I'm gonna name it "Rock-N-Roll"

[Hook 1: Cody Chesnutt]

I push my seed in my bush for life
It's gonna work because I'm pushing it right
If Mary drop my baby girl tonight
I would name her "Rock-n-roll"
I would name her "Rock-n-roll"
I would name her "Rock-n-roll", yeah
I would name it "Rock-n-roll"

 

The Roots – What They Do (No Subtitles)

What They Do The Roots Lyric

Featuring Raphael Saadiq
Produced by Grand Wizzards, Questlove & Raphael Saadiq
Album Illadelph Halflife

[Hook: Raphael Saadiq]

Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do

[Verse 1]

Lost generation, fast paced nation
World population confront their frustration
The principles of true hip-hop have been forsaken
It's all contractual and about money makin
Pretend-to-be cats don't seem to know they limitation
Exact replication and false representation
You wanna be a man, then stand your own
To MC requires skills, I demand some shown
I let the frauds keep frontin and roam like a cellular phone
Far from home giving crowds what they wantin
Official hip-hop consumption, the 5th thumpin
Keeping your party jumping with an original somethin
Yo, I dedicate this to the one-dimensional
No imagination, excuse for perpetration
My man came over and said: "Yo we thought we heard you"
Joke's on you; you heard a biting-ass crew but um

[Hook: Raphael Saadiq]

Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do

[Verse 2]

Thin is the line that run between love and hatred
The game is ill-natured, it's nothing sacred
Aiyyo, it's funny when I see some rap niggas do to make it
A few'll blow up, or go as far as they can take it
My nine to five, is just to hit ya get the party live
I'm Black Thought, used to rap for sport
Now the rhyme saying rent paying life support
I take it very seriously, within this industry
It's various crews that try to touch me
But I come with the beautiful things, and I bless the track plushly
Around the world crowds love me, from doing tours
Recipient of applause from all of you and yours
Creator of original sounds to send to stores
You take home to absorb and sweat it out your pores
Now who can stop the music running through these veins
Infinitely go against the grain, that's why my motto's to

[Hook: Raphael Saadiq]

Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do

[Verse 3]

Living the life of limos and lights
Airplanes and trains, short days and long nights
Keyboards and mics, bass chords and drum kicks
And my mental thick they hit my head like brick
As I embark on a mission welcoming to the dark
When I first spark the arts, when the listening start
Open your head wide, and let the Thought inside
My style fortified by all of Philadelphi
My delph more stealth than all the wicked wealthy
Mentality undetectable by the naked eye
Then I get paid when the record is played
To put it short "I want it made" like Ed, nuff said
Then after that, I'm putting on my cousin Hamed
We let the ladies blend with the dark-skinned thoroughbred
And discover, my level is that of no other
And Roots crew reign official and true while I'm continuing to

[Hook: Raphael Saadiq]

Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do
Never do....what they do, what they do, what they do

Roots Picnic Music Festival

The Roots Picnic is an annual music festival created and hosted by hip hop group, The Roots. Co-founder, Shawn Gee, and manager of The Roots serves as executive producer of the festival. The festival is held in Philadelphia, their hometown at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Wikipedia
Dates: Jun 1, 2019
Location: The Mann Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres: Alternative rock, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues,

 

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