Video: The Roots – Sleep

The Roots released the first tune from their upcoming album, undun, this week. The busy-bodied hip hop act has been heavily promoting the concept element of the record, which will retell the story of Redford Stephens –  a regular guy turned criminal who died too young – using a “reverse narrative arc”.  In other words, throughout the album the main character reflects on key points in his life – beginning postmortem and working his way backwards – to determine how and why he came “undun.” The thematic material sounds both ambitious and compelling with allusions to the topic of fate versus free will.  Here is the second track on the album, Sleep.

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