A concept album about a good person who becomes a criminal. Sounds like a prog-rock or Prince Paul thing, right? Well, in this case it’s the story behind Undun, the new album by legendary hip-hop band The Roots. Due in December, it’s being preceded by first single “Make My”, which features rapper Big K.R.I.T.
Seriously, The Roots are the only act I can think of (besides maybe Kanye or…Radiohead, maybe) who could potentially come at me straight-faced with a concept like this and make me even MORE excited for an album. Truth be told, The Roots have dropped undeniable perfection on us for at least a decade (depending on whether you think Things Fall Apart was perfect) and based on the dark sound of “Make My” (a continuation of the weary sounds on their last proper album, How I Got Over), I have every reason to believe that Undun will be another winner. I don’t think ?uestlove would stand for anything less.
(I could do without the chorus on this one, though…just saying…)
Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.