By Rob Markman
The Roots have always marched to the beat of their own drum. Unconcerned with the latest rap trends, the Philadelphia hip-hop band has always placed their art at a premium. Their latest studio album undun is no different. On Tuesday, the Roots released a black and white short film to accompany their recently released LP. Set to the album’s music the nine-minute, gritty film, which was directed by Clifton Bell, tells the story of a young man named Redford Stephens who chooses a life of crime.
Dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, with a white stocking over his face we never see the protagonist, but his story is meant to be a familiar one.
At the film’s opening, the band leaves this message: “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… 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?” — The Roots
undun is available now and features Big K.R.I.T., Dice Raw, Phonte, Bilal and Just Blaze.
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