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
Relatively new Def Jam Records delegate Big Boi’s “Shutterbug,” produced by a coke free Scott Storch and from his long delayed Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty album, due July 6. Bout time the visual dropped. [Spotted at Complex]
By the way, that’s a Talk Box, not Auto-Tune. And on a semi-tangent, that Andre 3000 (whose birthday is today, same as mine) verse on “Royal Flush” is still >.
The Roots’ ninth album, and third on Def Jam, is due June 22nd. Only nine tracks?
?uestlove is a proponent of the less is more theory (see Nas’ Illmatic or Sly & The Family Stone’s Stand!), so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The as yet unheard lead single is called “Dear God 2.0” and is a remix/re-imagining of Monsters of Folk’s “Dear God.”
Track list after 2009’s (wtf?) “How I Got Over” video.
1. Walk Alone (Truck North, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
2. Dear God 2.0 (Jim James, MOF)
3. Radio Daze (Blu, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
4. Now Or Never (Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)
5. How I Got Over (Dice Raw)
6. The Day (Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)
7. Right On (Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)
8. Doin It Again (John Legend)
9. The Fire (John Legend, Rick Friedrich)
UKNOWBIGSEAN Mixtape (via 2DopeBoyz)
I got to relay my thoughts on Jadakiss’ new The Last Kiss album over at Vibe.com. I’ve kept the album on rotation since and I think I was on point with the critique; while for most MCs the album is a win, it isn’t close to the homerun Jadakiss is capable of creating. But hey, ‘Kiss would probable tell me to kiss his ass anyway (that song should have been on the album).
Jadakiss “Kiss My Ass” (off The Champ is Here, Vol. 2 mixtape with Green Lantern)
Busta Rhymes Renames Jadakiss (via Rap Radar)
Jadakiss @ Highline Ballroom (via Nah Right)