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OKP Exclusive: ?uestlove Breaks Down The Roots undun

by Eddie "STATS"
8 years ago

Now you all may be aware that ?uestlove is not only the (Okay)player-president, he is also the Chairman of the Boards on this here site, who will occasionally bless the readers and backchatters with a dissertation’s worth of knowledge on anything from his own work to an insider’s persepctive on some of rap’s great moments to just general life lessons learned. Recently he provided OKP posters with a “cliff notes” guide to undun, specifically regarding the narrative arc followed by main character Redford Stephens, which as noted, unfolds in reverse chronological order. You can of course get a much fancier cliff notes from the undun iOS app, but it’s always nice to hear ideas direct from the source’s mouth, for which reason we present ?uesto’s breakdown in all its uncapitalized glory (after the jump).

song one-dead
song two-dying but dont know im dead yet, oh snap i am dead!!! wahhhhaa!
song three-someone kills me
song four- “got a problem nigga?….what?!?! what??!?!?!?….oh…you better walk away….so anyway yall like i was saying we shou——–
song five-work done. let’s celebrate a lil bit. but just for a lil bit
song six- its a dirty job but somebody has got to do it and a closed mouth dont get fed. even though im haunted by the actions that got me here
song seven- live like an animal. die like an animal. but life goes on.
song eight- am i my brothers keeper? nah dukes. this is a business. sorry. but you had it coming to you.
song nine- i hate being put in this situation, but now i gotta “handle something” and i gotta do what i gotta do. even if that mean an ICU…
song 10- im all business. and unlike these scumbags. im rising outta this mess somehow someway
song 11-14
a) nightfall. time to retire.
b) sleep
c) nightmares haunts
d) prepares for new day and whatever challenges that come forth/abrupt awakening.

this is a rough chart followed (actually we wanted a strict 10 so that way we wont dwell to long telling a narrative twice.

when you get Undun this could be a good cheat chart for you.

we wanted to Tarrintino it so that his death is first and his morning was last.

i was never a lyric guy, for if i was Riq and i woulda been fighting after Organix’s “Im Out Deah”

rich went hardcore on mofos. and im shocked tariq welcomed the coaching. i was amazed he was so open to coaching.

i was like “rich if he “im from the city where”‘s me one more time imma crash this car”

so being as though Rich is the ONE dude that you are glad said “nah that’s wack” and you respect it you go back and redo it. (which leaves me headscratching about Blu’s remarks)

he made sure that every line made sense and they stuck to the script.

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