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The Roots Music Video for “Understand” Is a Marvel of Stop-Motion Animation

The Roots get weird in their video for “Understand.”

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We’ve heard several cuts off The Roots latest album, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, but we now have a music video—a charming stop-motion adventure to the tune of standout track “Understand.”

The video features a panoply of inaminate objects—a ball of dough and hundred-dollar bill, for example—come alive. There’s also some strong religious imagery: collection plates, bibles, and communion wine all make an appearance, which makes sense given the spiritual, almost devotional aspects of the song. Enjoy.