Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"Mother Jones: So, tell us about Undun, the Roots' new album.
Ahmir Thompson: Shit, you're the first person I'm talking to about this. I'll put it this way: It's our first ongoing-narrative album. In other words, it's like listening to an audio storybook or a movie. The hardest thing about sticking to a narrative is the Tarantino-esque way that we're gonna break the structure. We're trying to figure out, "Well, what if we told the end first, and the beginning, and then the middle?"
MJ: And what's the story about?
AT: That part I'm keeping secret. Where I see How I Got Over kind of introducing the idea of a midlife crisis, like, "What do you do as 40-year-old into hip-hop?" and Rising Down as kind of the American's anger at his government, and Game Theory as a mournful kind of reflection on loss, this story will basically be like the best of those three outlines. And whereas those albums were about us, this album is told in character form.read more here
Monday, November 28, 2011
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Vogue Editor’s from across the world united for a special portrait in Tokyo in support of Japan’s Vogue: Fashion’s night out. An especially important location for the event, it’s hoped the evening can play a role in boosting the countries trade after the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck earlier in the year. Love the shot- it rather reminds us of a class portrait. No prizes for guessing who’s head girl!
by Vincent Levy
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Even though my lunges are black of inhaling life
Even though I walked the jagged edge of the knife
Even though my mind wanders off more
than I used to then when I was a adolescent
Even though I keep my eyes on the essence
Even though I don’t mind the rain or even the sunny days
Even though I learned to keep more people at bay
Even though I’ve created someone
Even though I’ve created a son
Even though I’ve tasted the poultry
Even though I’m almost 40
Even though I’ve learned from my past
Even though I’m aware that nothing lasts
Even though I’m aware of being part of life’s eternal spinning wheel
Even though I’m crippled by what I feel
Even though I’ve been from black to blue
I’m always yearning to experience something new
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Can't stop, won't stop.
Thanks for letting me interview you, I know you're busy.
It's cool. I got to take advantage of this opportunity to represent myself.
You're breaking up a little. Can you hear me okay?
Yeah. I'm on a cordless house phone and I stepped out of range for a moment, but I'm back. The reception will be clear as long as I stay close to the base.
What was that? I heard a beep?
I don't know. Probably the Patriot Act. You know they're listenin'.
Everytime I look around, somebody lyin' on me
Mr. Cheney, Mr. Ridge, steady spyin' on me
-Jay Electronica, "Dealing"
I'm joking, the beep was just me putting on some music.Cool, but speaking of the Patriot Act, why don't you rhyme about stuff like that anymore? Politics and social issues? Chuck D used to call you "the black CNN" but now you're just the--
Hold up, hold up, hold up. Let me tell you something:
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