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Lauryn Hill Is NOT One Of Robert Glasper’s Favorite Artists To Work With (Video)

You heard about this, right? Here’s the whole Glasper interview, because… respect… but the tea got SPILLED after the 27-minute mark. Spilled on Lauryn. Went uphill on Ms. Hill for real. Wow!

Robert Glasper is Houston’s own, a multi-time Grammy Award and Emmy winner and a man who isn’t afraid of letting things be known. Glasper checks in with The Madd Hatta Morning Show to open up about Lauryn Hill (27:06), some of his favorite people to play with, his new group August Greene and more!
– The Madd Hatta Morning Show

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R+R=NOW – “Change Of Tone”

Acoustic jazzy musical dopeness in digital form with all the accouterments. Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin with all the accompaniments. Mr. Glasper on keys, Mr. Martin on synthesizer and vocoder (yep)… Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synth and beatbox (yep), and Justin Tyson on drums.

R+R stands for Reflect and Respond. When you reflect what’s going on in your time and respond to that, you can’t NOT be relevant. So ‘R’ plus ‘R’ equals ‘NOW.’
Robert Glasper


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Robert Glasper Examines The Work Of Pete Rock & J Dilla (Video)

Whoooose world is this? Well, for the purposes of this clip, it’s Robert Glasper; but only because he is bringing the world of music making in Hip-Hop closer to you. Those sample sounds… where do the great producers get them and how do they use them so adeptly. Yep, Glasper is giving up some game.

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Check Out This “Sway In The Morning Jam Session” (Video)

Man. The Grammys are coming up. We should do something special.

Damn right, Sway. Good call. So you got Lupe Fiasco, Rapsody, Fred The Godson, Chris Rivers, Oswin Benjamin… and Anthony Hamilton… AND Robert Glasper?

Okay. We’re listening. With an anticipation of epic dopeness!!


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August Greene – “Optimistic” feat. Brandy

A better day tomorrow will bring.

Know what though? That better day can be today. Draw energy and inspiration from this jazzy “Optimistic” track by August Greene (featuring Brandy). Oh, by the way, for those not yet knowing, August Greene is actually a trio of artists – Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. Nice!


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Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Bob Boilen

Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)


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Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds – “Funny How Time Flies” feat. Robert Glasper

Terrace Martin’s jazz group, The Pollyseeds, did a redux of Janet Jackson’s 1987 single “Funny How Time Flies.” The song features Robert Glasper, and we have the stream of the debut of this song on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show embedded below the link to cop at iTunes that follows.


The Atlanta Jazz Festival Celebrates 40 years: Memorial Day Weekend


It is cause for a Celebration because the Atlanta Jazz Festival is going into it’s 40th year of operation.  This is no small feat considering it is one of the top free Jazz Festivals in the country.  It all happens Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28) at historic Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA.  Three days filled with great music from Jazz legends and new artists on the rise.  We are talking about The Robert Glasper Experiment, Macy Gray, Regina Carter, and Freddy Cole just to name a few.  So if you are in Atlanta or the surrounding areas make your way to Piedmont park.  Get there early with your blanket, picnic basket and enjoy some great performances courtesy of the City of Atlanta.

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Robert Glasper – “The Cross” feat. Lianne La Havas x Common

If Jesus died on the cross why I gotta carry it?

Wow. The mark of good instrumentation… the levels to which it pushes accompanying vocalization. Like, just LISTEN to what that music Robert Glasper put down for “The Cross” pulls out of Lianne La Havas and Common. The singing. The lyrics!

Might have to watch that “Burning Sands” this weekend just because of this.

This song was written by Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, and Common for the film “Burning Sands” on Netflix now!


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Robert Glasper Experiment – “Find You” (Live) [Video]

Another “ArtScience” live performance gem from the in-studio set Robert Glasper Experiment did with DJ Aaron Byrd. This is “Find You” on KCRW.

(Now… you gotta read that last text block like some classic NPR radio intro ish. And if you don’t listen NPR, you should try it out. Some dope music featured and opportunities to expand await.)


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Robert Glasper Experiment – “Day To Day” (Live) [Video]

Grammy award-winning jazz fusion group Robert Glasper Experiment doing “Day To Day” (off “ArtScience”) live for KCRW. Studio session dopeness. Accompanied by DJ Aaron Byrd. Turntablism adding that Hip-Hop finish. The Culture on behavior here is beautiful. NPR does it again!


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Common – “Black America Again” feat. Stevie Wonder (Prod. Karriem Riggins x Robert Glasper) [Video]

Music video for “Black America Again” – the title track of Common’s album. Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper. Featuring Stevie Wonder. With Esperanza Spalding on bass. With Scratches by J Rock. With Patrick Warren on strings. With ad libs by Chuck D and MC Lyte.

With the most unpalatable dose of truths delivered in a Hip-Hop suspension. Damn. Just as the start of the video forces us to relive the killing of Alton Sterling and opens the wound, Common drops in a cauterizing truth… that we have to stop killing each other, too. THEN through more lyricism, audio samples from Black noteworthies, and that driving beat, Common continues the uncomfortable conversation and intervention.

Moving. Powerful. Like Hip-Hop is supposed to be. A Golden Era vet utilizing rap as the voice of the culture it was meant to be. Here’s the emotional lineup: You will start with your eyes on the screen, then they will water, you’ll raise a hand to wipe them away, ball it into a fist as the hand lowers, nod in agreement with the music AND message, then RAISE YOUR FIST at the end.


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Robert Glasper Trio – “Sign O The Times” (Redux)

Very nice piece by Robert Glasper Trio, and proof positive that warm sentiment and artistic appreciation do not have to be bound by the trappings of ‘the business.’ Apparently, they were blocked from putting their keyed up version of “Sign O The Times” out when Prince was alive. But still, when respect (and admiration) is earned, respect is due. Pay up. Kudos to Glasper’s group – for the music and the framework and lesson in life #RIPPrince

This is a[n] arrangement I recorded in 2015 as part of my “Covered” album. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to put in on the album. Prince didn’t really like people recording his music lol. But I feel now is a good time to let everyone hear it! This is my favorite Prince joint “Sign O The Times.” The message is still relevant. Prince you are missed. Thank you for unapologetically being you.


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The Robert Glasper Trio x Dres (Of Black Sheep) – “Just Cause”

Here it is. Very short, but so sweet. Dres goes in as The Robert Glasper Trio grooves… you know, “Just Cause.”

Just Cause I’m a huge fan of Robert Glasper’s work.. Just Cause his live version of “The Worst” is just an insanely dope piece of work.. Just Cause I play it all the damn time.. Just Cause I thought it would be really cool to put a beat under it and rhyme on it… Just Cause I thought everyone would appreciate the sentiment… I present… Just Cause.


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Robert Glasper – “Violets” feat. Phonte (Prod. By 9th Wonder)

Robert Glasper delivers the loveliest “Violets” (produced by 9th Wonder); off his tribute album released in commemoration of the late great Miles Davis’ upcoming birthday.

The album blends a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles’ incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations of songs by Davis. From the obvious (riffs and passages within the catalog) to the obscure (samples of Miles’ in-studio instructions spoken after false starts), Glasper has built something unique but still unquestionably Miles.

The drop date for “Everything’s Beautiful” is May 27, 2016. But you can pre-order that today… after you listen to Tiggalo flow over this WonderGlasper musical collabo.


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Lalah Hathaway – “Ghetto Boy” feat. Snoop Dogg x Robert Glasper x Terrace Martin (Video)

Lalah Hathaway covers her dad’s 1971 classic and brings in Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin for the ride and vibe. Nice. Visuals for “Ghetto Boy” above. Link to the iTunes for this single below.


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Robert Glasper – “So Beautiful” (Live At Capitol Studios) [Video]

One of my favorite songs by Musiq Soulchild gets redone by the equally as dope Robert Glasper. Another cover – “So Beautiful” for the “Covered” album (out now). Nice drop from Musiq at the end, too.


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Robert Glasper – “The Worst” (Live At Capitol Studios) [Video]

Robert Glasper. On piano. Doing an instrumental cover to Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst.” One of several noteworthy covers on the “Covered” (album out June 16, 2015) – others include Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Prince, and The Roots. The visuals above were (like all the album tracks) recorded at Capitol Studios.


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R&B/Jazz: Black Milk – “Sonny Jr.” (Dreams) feat. Robert Glasper x Dwele


Nice bippety-boppity jazz from Black Milk’s 2013 album – “No Poison No Paradise” – entitled “Sonny Jr.” An incredible musical ride featuring Robert Glasper (on keyboard) and Dwele (on trumpet). Linked the single below (which will also allow you to get at the album, and thus, bonus tracks and all kinds of extras).


Robert Glasper Experiment – “I Stand Alone” feat. Common x Patrick Stump (Video)

Who’s ready for some Jazzy-Soul-Hop? You, hopefully, because you’re about to be blessed. Robert Glasper’s fam (Robert Glasper Experiment) invited some other fam in to jam on “I Stand Alone” (fam like Common & Patrick Stump). This’ll make your body nod. And just as you really get into it, and they get into it… You realize that there are a whole lot of people in here ‘standing alone’ (peep all the cameos/spots at the end).

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