In a time when most of what we hear on the radio is a constant noise that blends together into synthetic garbage is a time when the music begins to die. When it only comprehends what we don’t have, what we should have, or what we should be, it loses the very foundation of where it grew upon; it only grows for superficial reasons. But there are many people out there striving to keep the music alive.
Robert Glasper is definitely one of those people. Known as an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, the artist pulls together some of the top contenders in the R&B and hip hop genre to string along an album full of hope and knowledge. Black Radio was complied together with his band the Robert Glasper Experiment along with the likes of Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele, Yasiin Bey (Formerly Mos Def), Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, KING and Lalah Hathaway. The struggle for good music continues and I see real promise in this project.
“This is my lifetime. I can’t speak on 1960 or 1964 — that’s not my era,” Glasper says. “The music is going to die if you don’t tap into something that people today can relate to. People say that I’m selling out, but I’m doing what John Coltrane and Miles Davis were doing.”
The album is available for download on Amazon and itunes.