"'Black Radio,' due out on Tuesday, is the fourth Blue Note release by
Robert Glasper, a pianist who has spent the last decade or so building
on a dual firmament of acoustic jazz, and artisanal hip-hop and R&B.
It’s the album he has been hinting at for years: an earnest confab
with some of the artists in his network, like the politically minded
rappers Lupe Fiasco and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and the
vibe-oriented singers Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Musiq Soulchild
and Chrisette Michele. ... The creative exchange between jazz and hip-hop has always worked best
when jazz provided source material rather than a methodology. Miles
Davis wanly flirted with the concept during the same era that yielded classic jazz-informed hip-hop by Guru,
A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. 'The precedent was set,' Lupe
Fiasco said. 'It was just waiting for somebody who was a master with
jazz, in its own right, to come in and bridge the gap. It was a matter
of the stars aligning, and they aligned over Robert, and the Experiment.
They play hip-hop and jazz, but with a mastery of both. And not a
schooled mastery'" (Nate Chinen, "The Corner of Jazz and Hip-Hop
," New York Times
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