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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PBS Coverage: The Roots' New Album - Undun

The Legendary Roots is dropping their first concept album entitled "Undun" next Tuesday. It sounds beautiful and very needed. The Roots' gives a better live performance than ANY pop artist can deliver. Make sure you listen to the album.

Listen to the album here...

The Roots have been together for 25 years. How has the band evolved since 1987?

Well, the Roots in terms of Black Thought [Tariq Trotter] being Mick Jagger and me being Keith Richards minus the narcotics, yeah! Tariq and I met and started a group, the Square Roots, in '87. The Roots and the concept that you know it as today really came to life in 1992.

It's kind of funny because you learn something every day. I'll say that one of the strangest lessons as far as our maturity is concerned [was] making the "undun" record, because it's narrative specific and requires very strict concentration. I just knew for a fact that this album was going to be almost impossible. The reason why we haven't done anything of this level [before] is because I just knew it's easier said than done. You have to think it out almost like a screenplay. You've got to write an outline and then you've got to figure out how to divide the storyline from A to Z. One of the most amazing things is that every verse in this record has taken at least eight to 10 rewrites. Tariq was ready to kill somebody after the fifth rewrite of a particular verse! Now imagine having to rewrite something three times for a full song. And we are just talking about one verse. Every verse on this record has at least 10 to 15 rewrites, so that takes a major amount of concentration.
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