The Roots Release ‘undun’ App + NPR Stream

 

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.

Tracklisting
1. Dun
2. Sleep
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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Video: Maimouna Youssef – “I Got A Man”

 

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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.

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New Release: Khari Mateen – ‘Khari’ EP

 

Chances are you don’t know who Khari Mateen is, but we’ve known this cat since he was a newbie to The Roots crew family at just 18 years old. Some may recognize Khari as the bassist from his current band, Elevator Fight with the illustrious Zoe Kravitz. Others may have heard his production work on The Roots’ “Game Theory,” “Clock With No Hands,” nearly half of How I Got Over, and finally, on the most recent leak with The Roots and Big K.R.I.T., “Make My.”

So, really – you already know Khari’s music. Late last month, Khari gave the world an introduction to his work as a solo artist on his Khari EP. The project features Khari’s production and also puts his vocal talents on front and center. The music is impressively (but not surprisingly) diverse with R&B, funk, rock, jazz, downtempo, classical, electronic, and hip hop influences. Do yourself a favor a get put on – ASAP. And heads up that half of the EP tracks are actually free downloads, including one of our favorite tracks, “Mother.”

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New Track: The Roots – “Make My” ft. Big K.R.I.T. + Album

 

The Roots have recently announced a new album to release on December 6th, undun. The work will be conceptual and take form of “an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999).” Questlove says of the project, “at this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality.” We can most certainly dig that.

Also with the announcement came a new track entitled “Make My,” featuring none other than southern gentleman Big K.R.I.T.. It’s a sleepy and melodic yet catchy tune. Stream below.

The Roots “Make My” featuring Big K.R.I.T. by okayplayer

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Video: The Roots for John Varvatos, Fall/Winter 2011

 

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Recently, The Roots were commissioned to be the faces of famed designer John Varvatos’ Fall/Winter 2011 Campaign. Fancy, eh? Shot at Republic Airport in New York, above you’ll find the video portion of the campaign: The Roots styled out and performing an exclusive track on the tarmac!

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