Track list dropped this a.m., now the Roots’ lead single from their forthcoming new album undun—“Make My,” featuring BIG K.R.I.T. and produced Khari Mateen—
leaks premieres. It’s a good Monday.
undun is in stores December 6.
The 13th album (at this point I’ve given up trying to fact check this) from the legendary Roots crew will be a concept project called undun, and the track list (below) has been revealed. ?uestlove previously told MTV News that it will be a “movie without visuals.”
That sounds a bit too DJ Khaled’esque, but the Philly crew has earned the benefit of a doubt. The album’s first single, “Make My,” is due November 1 on iTunes and features their Def Jam labelmate Big K.R.I.T. I need to hear this STAT.
UPDATE: Listen to ‘Make My’
The former B.R.O.ther ?uestion said the following via press release:
“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 video above is a song the Roots created in one take while shooting those John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2011 collection ads you’ve been seeing in mags like GQ and Esquire. Respect the swag.
2) Make My
3) One Time
4) Kool On
5) The Jump
8 ) I Remember
9) Tip The Scale
Flipping through the New York Times Style Magazine this morning and who do I see in a fashion spread? Wiz Khalifa and his ‘band.’ The Pittsburgh rapper and his Taylor Gang crew gets dipped out in Alexander Wang and Vans in a spread titled ‘Really Big Bands’ that also includes Florence and the Machine, Gogol Bordella and Deerhunter, amongst others. Almost shockingly, and despite rumors that they got hitched, Amber Rose didn’t manage to make it into the photo. No shots.
Below, video for “Yoko” by Berner featuring a rapping Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time on the beat.
New video from Big K.R.I.T. for “Vent,” off his Return of 4Eva mixtape. I interviewed Big K.R.I.T. for
AOL Blackvoices’ Huffington Post Blackvoices’ now defunct TheBVX.com last May for a column called “Need To Know.” At the time he wasn’t signed to Def Jam and his K.R.I.T. Was Here mixtape was getting repeated burn, and still is. Couldn’t find the original story online, so I reposted it here.
K.R.I.T.’s proper debut, Live From The Underground, is due in stores September 27.
Who: Big K.R.I.T. (meaning King Remembered In Time) is a self-sufficient, 23-year-old rapper and producer representing Meridien, Mississippi as home.
Credentials: K.R.I.T. spent years honing his skills on the mic and — since he couldn’t afford to pay producers — the beats (starting with his Playstation’s MTV Music Generator video game, no less). But K.R.I.T. let the rap world know David Banner wasn’t the only show in his state after he aligned his own Multi label with the Cinematic Music Group and the Dame Dash-affiliated online content label Creative Control — they handle the visuals, shown below — to release “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.”
Why: K.R.I.T.’s mastery of matching soul drenched production (all his own) to his thoughtfully rendered Southern fried rhyme parables makes him one of hip-hop’s most promising new artists, regardless of region. “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here” isn’t just a glorified mixtape but a full blown album with assistance from Smoke DZA, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa and Devin the Dude. And we dare say, one of the better releases of 2010. Meetings with major labels are being held, but all K.R.I.T. will divulge is, “2010 is going to be a great year.”
“Children of the World”
Download: “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here”
Quotable: “The first time out the gate I want people to understand that I’m human. I have different days. Some days I don’t feel like dealing with the bullshit. Some days it’s just about money. Some days [are] spiritual. You go through so many emotions throughout life; I wanted my album to be just the same. Nineteen records of different emotions, depending on how you felt that day and what you’re going through. I just wanted to put the music out there and let people know that I’m the type of artist you can relate to and I go through the same stuff you go through. The glamor and the glitz of the industry, that’s for television. When you riding in the car, all you hear is my voice and this music, that’s it. I want people to vibe out to my words and hopefully take something from what I said that might inspire [them].”
Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time) is one of my favorite “new” MCs out. The “new” is in quotes since he’s actually been at it for a good minute now, dropping all type of quality work. That said, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and Return of 4Eva should be in your library. If not, what are you waiting on? Abovie is the video for “Country Sh*t (Remix)”, featuring Ludacris and Bun B, which appears on Return of 4Eva and the R4 the Prequel EP Def Jam is hawking. Clip for “Dreamin'” is below. [H/T to Spitty]
Congrats to Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., CyHi Da Prince, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons.
Today, 1/1/11 Mike Jaggerr, drops The Eleventh Hour. The Delaware product writes and produces most the cuts with Big K.R.I.T. stopping by on “Cruise Control.” Tracklisting after the break. Shout out to the homie J-Rod.
Download: The Eleventh Hour | MediaFire