"Make My" depicts the killing of Redford, with an extended outro modeled on Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones (Part II)" that conveys Redford's spirit beginning to leave his body. The album was recorded in sessions at several studios in Philadelphia and New York City.  James Lachno from The Daily Telegraph was highly impressed by its music and how The Roots avoid "over-moralising or glorification". The Roots have been together for 25 years. We have to create three to seven songs every day." When Wynton Marsalis needed percussion done, he was calling up Christie McBride to be his bass player for a gig or something. ", The cover art is a black-and-white rendering of the photo "Flying High" by documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz, which depicts a child flipping on a mattress outdoors.  The album opens with the sound of a flatlined EKG on the instrumental track "Dun", signifying Redford's death. “At this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality,” said drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, who arranged the album and is the Roots’ bandleader and producer. Now imagine having to rewrite something three times for a full song. BUY: The Roots’ …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin on Vinyl. , "The Roots Present: an undun performance...", "?uestlove Explains How SPIN and Sufjan Inspired the Roots' 'undun, "The Roots' 'undun' is filled with evocative hip-hop", "The Roots Have Made A Concept Album.  Expanding on the indie influence of the band's How I Got Over (2010), the album's music is characterized by snare-driven beats, neo soul elements, keyboard soundscapes, strings, choral arrangements, and tight dynamics. Thank you. I definitely, definitely wouldn’t have done half as much if I didn’t go to Performing Arts. The way that Public Enemy used samples was basically the best parts of the family record collection. Kurt is telling me, “Man, later for those guys, those guys they’re old! Where did the inspiration for this project evolve? By the time I was born, the oldies doo-wop revival had already started. WATCH: Judge Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court confirmation hearings – Day 4, Oakland, Portland sue over use of federal agents at protests, Power cut to thousands in California to prevent wildfires, Trump’s struggles in the suburbs put North Carolina in play for Biden, ‘Jagged Little Pill’ leads Tony Awards nominations with 15, C-SPAN suspends Steve Scully after he admits to lie about hack, Drought more likely than blizzards this winter, forecasters say, E.U.  Ian Cohen of Spin said Black Thought's reading of Redford Stephens sounded "business-like" and "consummately bland". It’s funny now, because before “Glee” came along, I’m trying to convince people that there is such a place in which you walk down the hallway and then people start breaking out in full production number songs and having jam sessions. The reason why we haven’t done anything of this level [before] is because I just knew it’s easier said than done. One of the most amazing things is that every verse in this record has taken at least eight to 10 rewrites. Every verse on this record has at least 10 to 15 rewrites, so that takes a major amount of concentration. He was neither of those things. There were some bonafide superstars in that environment. It’s easy to sort of take it to that level, [but] once you humanize the situation, then it becomes more complex. Undun is the tenth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots. When did you first fall in love with hip-hop? Nebraska Sen. Sasse rips Trump over COVID-19, foreign policy, Watch The Roots and the concept that you know it as today really came to life in 1992. Avon’s character was believable enough to me to the effect that he could actually have gone either way. That's why undun feels like our second album. Some high schools would call them gangs, but my clique was a little bit different because you had Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride. And as a result I took all that experience and just brought it to the Roots. I knew it was hip-hop once I was in fourth grade in 1979, when I first heard “Rappers Delight” on the radio. ", "Who Killed It: Don't "Sleep" On Black Thought", "The Roots Say 'Undun' Taught 'Patience,' TV 'Made Us Better, "The Roots: A Song Cycle For a Life Cycle", "Roots come 'undun' in spectacular fashion", "Even After 25 Years, The Roots Are Still Pushing Boundaries", "The Roots Set to Deliver Their 'Most Realized' Album Yet", "Don't let the green grass fool you: The Roots are one of the most respected hip-hop acts in the world; why can't they leave the sad stuff alone?  Pitchfork's Nate Patrin said the album "isn't a sprawling, rise-and-fall crime story, not a condemnation or a veneration of a man living outside the law, not a bullet-riddled grand guignol heavy on explicit details of soldiers getting cut down. Many of these short pieces were used for Undun.  The album concludes with the fourth part, another string quartet piece that ends abruptly with an unresolved piano chord.