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The Roots Reveal ‘Undun’ Album Tracklist & Concept

Legendary Hip-Hop band The Roots have revealed the tracklist and album concept for their upcoming new LP, Undun.

According to reports, the band’s new single “Make My” featuring Big K.R.I.T. will be released and available on iTunes on Nomveber 1st, and the Roots also revealed through a press release that the album’s concept retells the story of Redford Stephens and is “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.”

Roots member Questlove also added:

“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?”

The Roots’ Undun album is due out on December 6th. Check out the tracklist below.

1. Sleep

2. Make My

3. One Time

4. Kool On

5. The Jump

6. Stomp

7. Lighthouse

8. I Remember

9. Tip The Scale

10. Redford