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Cover: Undun
The un(dun) app for Apple iOS is a companion piece to the album. Through the use of photos, lyrics, a series of interviews and music video vignettes, the app provides an immersive experience that elucidates the life and times of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999), a complex youth who struggles to define himself within a troubled inner city milieu and dies in the process. Download it now fom the iTunes store.

undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented–postmortem–and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.

“At this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality,” says Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, 40. “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?”

  Name Artist Time Buy
1 Dun The Roots 1:16 Amazon.com  iTunes
2 Sleep The Roots 2:15 Amazon.com  iTunes
3 Make My The Roots (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw) 4:27 Amazon.com  iTunes
4 One Time The Roots (feat. Phonte & Dice Raw) 3:55 Amazon.com  iTunes
5 Kool On The Roots (feat. Greg Porn & Truck North) 3:48 Amazon.com  iTunes
6 The OtherSide The Roots (feat. Bilal Oliver & Greg Porn) 4:03 Amazon.com  iTunes
7 Stomp The Roots (feat. Greg Porn) 2:23 Amazon.com  iTunes
8 Lighthouse The Roots (feat. Dice Raw) 3:43 Amazon.com  iTunes
9 I Remember The Roots 3:14 Amazon.com  iTunes
10 Tip the Scale The Roots (feat. Dice Raw) 4:17 Amazon.com  iTunes
11 Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) Sufjan Stevens 1:51 Amazon.com  iTunes
12 Possibility (2nd Movement) The Roots 0:55 Amazon.com  iTunes
13 Will to Power (3rd Movement) The Roots 1:03 Amazon.com  iTunes
14 Finality (4th Movement) The Roots 1:31 Amazon.com  iTunes

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