On December 6th, The Roots dropped their first conceptual album, undun. The work focuses around a troubled young man named Redford Stevens and the short film above details the grim unraveling.
It's clear that a lot of love was put into this project with carefully crafted cinematography that creates a profound investment in a storyline all to real. Pay close attention to the quotes, too, they warrant pause.
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This week, a very special venue in the hearts of many (including ours) closed its doors for good. The Florida Room in the basement of Delano Hotel in South Beach Florida was a Lenny Kravitz designed venue with the feel of a classic old school night club.
Within its first year of opening, Giant Step starting doing events at The Florida Room and the list became pretty impressive. Many of our events were Miami debuts featuring great artists such as Jose James, Janelle Monae, Melanie Fiona, and Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few.
After the jump, also find videos from De La Soul, The Roots, and Janelle Monae, all doing their thing at a venue that will be greatly missed.
Here's a partial list of some of our great nights:
June 2008 - Janelle Monae (Miami Debut)
Sept 2008 - Jazmine Sullivan (Miami Debut)
Oct 2008 - Nikka Costa
NYE 2008 - The Roots and Janelle Monae
Jan 2009 - The Florida Room 1st anniversary with De La Soul
WMC 2009 - Pete Rock, Benji B, Wale, Questlove, Melanie Fiona, Taylor McFerrin
NYE 2009 - Common
WMC 2010 - Gilles Peterson and Questlove
So to all our friends in Miami and of course the great staff of this special venue that had the best cocktails in the world - we salute you and all the good times.
The Roots certainly didn't disappoint with the "Make My" single off their December 6th slated undun. And now we can be further not disappointed with a complete stream of the album on NPR. The moody and often melancholy concept based album is layered and textured, playing out like an audio story, which could also easily double as a film soundtrack.
Also, yesterday the group dropped a free iTunes app to go with their very first conceptual project. The app includes photos, lyrics, interviews, music video snippets and in all "an immersive experience that elucidates the life and times of one Redford Stephens," the focal character on 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)
Dowload the undun app on iTunes
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Man. We've been addicted to Maimouna Youssef's voice since we heard her at a random show at the Grapevine in Philly (which has since shutdown) circa 2004. Folks may also be familiar with her from The Roots "It Don't Feel Right" track.
So excited to see that she is finally releasing some solo material. Check out the bohemian beauty in her very R&B bedtime tune, "I Got A Man," which starts off with some gorgeous scatting reminiscent of a pre-mainstream Jazmine Sullivan. So looking forward to more.