Song Stories

“Make My”

The Roots | 2011

“Make My” was the first single on the Roots' Undun album, which was centered around the story of a fictitious man named Redford Stephens who died at the age of 25. “The very first song is this person at the end of his life at the moment he pretty much gets murdered,” Questlove explained. “So when we were listening to the song, I said, ‘Well, I don't get the feeling that his spirit is leaving his body. I want to know that he is really dying.’” Hip-hop artists Big K.R.I.T. and Dice Raw collaborated on this tune.

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Tune-Yards | 2011

The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, which ranges from playful coos to throat-shredding howls, make “Bizness” reminiscent of another creative medium. “I'd like for them not to be songs as much as quilts or collages or something,” Garbus said.

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