Two months before the release of Robert Glasper’s Grammy award-winning album, Black Radio, I saw the track listing and declared it a winner.
Before I proceed, if you don’t have this album or have never heard of Robert Glasper (actually put someone on the other day who hadn’t), please get familiar post-haste. He is one of the premier artists redefining jazz right now. Black Radio is simply a phenomenal album blending jazz, hip-hop and R&B fluidly. On vocals, you have some of the best voices of our time: Lalah Hathaway, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal, and Stokely (of Mint Condition).
If you didn’t think it could get any better than that, Eric Roberson shared this today on Facebook:
This is the possible collaboration list for part two of the album, Black Radio II. This go round, in addition to frequent collaborator Bilal, looks like we may hear the likes of Faith, Jill Scott, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Dwele, Common, Eric Roberson, and Anthony Hamilton over the smooth sounds of Robert and the band. I was a bit surprised to see “R Kelz” on the list but regardless of how some may still feel about him, it’s sure to be a dope track.
If you’re not hype yet, these tweets might just do it for you:
In studio now with@missjillscott……just guess………..
— Robert Glasper(@robertglasper) March 12, 2013
— Robert Glasper(@robertglasper) March 30, 2013
— Robert Glasper(@robertglasper) April 1, 2013
— Robert Glasper(@robertglasper) March 31, 2013
— Robert Glasper(@robertglasper) March 14, 2013
I am already stoked about this project and have already declared it worthy of another Grammy nod before even hearing the first note. As soon as I get more info on a release date, I’ll likely tweet it first so connect with me there!