THE Roots’ Undun

2011 / FEATURING APPEARANCES BY metropolis ensemble

Undun is the tenth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, recorded in Philadelphia and New York City. The album features guest contributors, including vocalist Bilal and rappers Big K.R.I.T., Dice Raw, Phonte, and Metropolis Ensemble artists. Musically, Undun incorporates influences from neo soul and indie music. Thematically, it is an existential concept album about the short, tragic life of fictional character Redford Stevens, set in urban poverty and told through a reverse-chronological narrative.


Richard Nichols, executive producer
Producers: Anthony Woods SJ, Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter, Damion Ward, DD Jackson, Dice Raw, Hecky Krasnow, Mary Lou Williams, Mike Jerz, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Ray Angry, Rev Run, Trapzillas & The Wurxs
DD Jackson, strings arranger
Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Jason Goldstein, mixing engineer
Featured Artists: Dice Raw, Greg Porn, Mercedes Martinez, Michel Chion, Modesty Lycan, Nina Simone, Patty Crash, Raheem DeVaughn


Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drums
Kirk "Captain Kirk" Douglas, guitar
James Poyser, keyboards
Kamal Gray, keyboards
Frank "Knuckles" Walker, percussion
Damon Bryson, sousaphone
Howard Roberts Choral Group, vocals

Metropolis Ensemble, strings
Violin: Emily Smith, Henry Wang, Sean Lee, Siwoo Kim
Danny Kim,Jack Stulz viola
Dane Johansen, Alice Yoo, cello