Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Undun

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Undun

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UNDUN

The Roots (Def Jam, 2011)

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The Roots are famous now as the house band on The Jimmy Fallon Show, but they've been legend among America's better-informed music lovers for a couple of decades. They emerged in the early '90s as something of a novelty--a rap music act that was really a band, playing real musical instruments and playing them with skill and sophistication.

Now, on undun, The Roots push the musical boundaries of hip-hop and the storytelling potential of rap rhymes to their very limits. In the age of the 99-cent download, undun is a concept album that almost requires beginning-to-end listening. It tells the story of Redford Stephens, a small-time street-level drug dealer who meets the inevitable bad end. And it reminds of nothing so much as the epic blaxploitation movie soundtracks from the early '70s produced by the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. undun is a Superfly for our time, but without the cheesy Hollywood film production. …

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