—The immensely talented Robert Glasper returns with his new album entitled Black Radio. Glasper has a buffet of guest appearances featuring Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Erykah Badu and the artist formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin Bey.
Robert Glasper believes there’s an etiquette to this thing called music. With Black Radio, Glasper uses jazz as the pulse but ventures into other categories of music, successfully fusing multiple elements from your favorite genres into his musical vein. This is exemplified on “Black Radio” which features Yasiin Bey. Showcasing Yasiin Bey’s potent lyrical abilities which are beautifully juxtaposed to the Robert Glasper Experiment’s sound, and you have the makings of an uplifting composition.
With instrumentals produced entirely by Rich Kidd, the Naturally Born Strangers mixtape is a gritty, sonically forward thinking mixtape highlighting cut throat rhymes by Tona, Adam Bomb and Rich Kidd himself.
Considering the situation overseas, perhaps including the word typhoon was not the wisest choice. Other than that, the uplifting orchestra that caresses your ears from this new TxE track is enough to be an inspirational soundtrack to the said tragedy.
A graphic designer turned writer and compulsive rider of bikes, James Greig documents cycle culture in his native London and beyond at CycleLove and blogs about designers-turned-entrepeneur on his own site.
There's two ways you can look at hip-hop. It's either getting old or it's grown up. I prefer the latter. And though the subject matter has been harped on before, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar somehow bring a fresh perspective to it with "Nosetalgia."