"Make My"

The first taste of the Roots' upcoming concept album is a melancholy ballad featuring a wistful Big K.R.I.T., nudged along by Kamal Gray's Fender Rhodes and ?uestlove's sauntering groove. "Make My" gestures back to Curtis Mayfield and Gil Scott-Heron. The lyrics are strictly 21st century, though, as Black Thought contemplates suicide in the post-Drake style of angst rap: "If there's a heaven, I can't find the stairway."

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From The Archives Issue 1143: November 10, 2011