Sunday, December 18, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: The Roots Undun

I’ve been enjoying this album recently…


Audio Link to the NPR interview:

The Roots Weave A Tale Of Crime And Karma : NPR:

Drugs and crime are common themes in hip-hop, but Thompson says they're often described in the past tense — e.g., Jay-Z's early raps about his old life as a cocaine dealer.

"It's always a grandiose vision of this particular character," Thompson says. "We wanted to show the minion — the guy who's lowest on the food chain."

"I wanted to present it in a way that wasn't exaggerated or cartoonish," Trotter adds. "I wanted to make it easier to understand how people wind up in the situations they wind up in — how easy it is."


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