Tiny bits of info and excitement have been spreading for the upcoming Roots album undun, and we can undoubtedly expect more leading up to its December 6 release.
Today, the album art and full tracklisting were revealed, and it's an interesting update. Evidently, the album won’t feature many guests, with Big K.R.I.T. on the first single being one of only two other credited featured spots. The other two are from Roots regulars P.O.R.N. and Phonte & Dice Raw.
Undun will be the Roots’ first concept album, detailing the life of Redford Stevens, a man who died at the age of 25 in 1999. In a recent interview with Spin,the Roots drummer Questlove said that Sufjan Stevens played piano for the closing track on the group's upcoming concept album undun.
As Questlove tells Spin, the Roots actually named undun's central character Redford Stephens after a Sufjan song from Greetings From Michigan.
Questlove told Spin:
"We've always loved the song 'Redford' from Michigan. So we close the new album with a cover of 'Redford'. We stretched it out into this four-part movement. Part 1 is Sufjan at the piano performing it. And then Part 2 is a string quartet that we had interpret it. Part 3 is myself and D.D. Jackson, who is an avant-garde piano player. He's probably one of the most dangerous pianists — I don't know how he doesn't have carpal tunnel now. But he just destroys, literally, destroys the piano. The final movement, which ends the record, is essentially the beginning of the story. But it's the last thing you hear. It's a very powerful piece of work."
Check out the tracklisting below.
1. The Un
3. Make My f. Big K.R.I.T.
4. One Time f. Phonte & Dice Raw
5. Kool On f. P.O.R.N.
6. The Other Side
7. Stomp f. P.O.R.N.
9. I Remember
10. Tip The Scale
11. Redford (For Yia Yia & Pappou)
13. Will To Power