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Video Of The Week: The Roots “Sleep”

posted November 25, 2011, 5:43 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

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Philadelphia hip-hop veterans The Roots are back with a new record release. Undun comes out Tuesday December 6th. Here is the music video for their 1st single “Sleep”. The song features Aaron Livingston, was produced by Hot Sugar, and the video was directed, shot and edited by Clifton Bell for http://www.ghettonerd.com.

Undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues, the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented–postmortem–and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.

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