The Roots are set to debut a new App on December 1st as a companion piece to their new album undun (Island Def Jam), out December 6th. Through the use of photos, lyrics, a series of interviews and music video vignettes, the app provides an immersive experience that elucidates the life and times of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999), whom the album is based, a complex youth who struggles to definite himself within a troubled inner city milieu and dies in the process.
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. The albumâ€™s first single â€œMake Myâ€ featuring Big K.R.I.T. was released November 1st on iTunes which Billboard praised, â€œthe musicality of the veteran group shines bright.â€ Through the use and emotives and Redford Stevenâ€™s internal dialogues, the album is an existential re-telling of his short life, seeking to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out â€˜on the cornerâ€™. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disorientedâ€”postmortemâ€”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.
3. Make My feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw
4. One Time feat. Phonte & Dice Raw
5. Kool On feat. Greg Porn & Truck North
6. The OtherSide feat. Bilal Oliver & Greg Porn
7. Stomp feat. Greg Porn
8. Lighthouse feat. Dice Raw
9. I Remember
10. Tip The Scale feat. Dice Raw
11. Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)
12. Possibility (2nd Movement)
13. Will To Power (3rd Movement)
14. Finality (4th Movement)
In addition to the release of their new album and App, The Roots are also set to perform a series of dates in New York City at the Highline Ballroom tonight and on December 5th.
For more information on The Roots, go to www.TheRoots.com
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