Thirteen albums deep into the game, The Roots, on the track Undun have taken their art form to a new genre and level - visual artistry (not to say their video archive is not artistic). Just check out the raw force, stark truth and power of this video/short film.
I must add, The Roots being called a Hip Hop band is both a honor and misnomer. The doorway is hip hop (and they represent like no other), but the house is full of jazz, rock, R&B, funk, blues and spoken word.
And as as ?uestlove says:
“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 like Tupac’s character Bishop in … 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?”