The Roots to Release New Album Dec. 6. Philly natives and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band ‘The Legendary Roots Crew’ are set to release a new album in early December, according to Def Jam. So yeah, despite that 9 to 5 gig with Fallon and a crazy travel schedule, the guys have found the time to record undun and will release it December 6. It will be the crew’s 13th LP and first concept album (they’re all the rage these days in the music world). Questlove dished on the new album to Consequenceofsound.net:
“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?”
From The20’s @PhillyGG, responding quite simply to the announcement tweet from the band’s label…
@DefJamRecords: The Roots To Release New Album “undun” On December 6 http://idj.to/pyjgr7
Well put, GG. Who else is ready for some more Roots? Oh, and for a sneak peak at the first song from undun (‘Make My” Featuring Big K.R.I.T.’), click here and enjoy!
[Consequence of Sound, @PhillyGG, @DefJamRecords]
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