Release Date 10/29/13
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Record Label:Blue Note (Universal)
Review by:By: Dana Brenklin
Robert Glasper Experiment’s “Black Radio 2” Review
Conscious, relevant and smooth as silk is RGX’s sequel to the 2013 Grammy Award winning “Black Radio” released in 2012.
Black Radio 2 is very much needed in today’s music culture. Radio 2 is a proper and fitting follow up to the 2012 Classic. Like a movie saga that keeps you glued to the screen, this album will not disappoint.
Conscious rapper Common, hip hop icon Snoop Dogg and skate kid Lupe Fiasco lend their dexterous and polished rhymes to the soulful album, while Jill Scott soothes as she sings the lead single “you always answer calls” over the euphonious piano of Glasper and melodic tunes of his band mates and they did in deed answer the calls of soul, jazz and music lovers alike in desperate need of more “Black Radio”, more of their genre-defying art and superior young minds.
Lending vocals is a list of who’s who in R&B, including Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Luke James, new comer Emeli Sande’, the legendary Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
From the opening with “Baby Tonight” to the closing w/ Lalah Hathaway singing to Jesus Children and Malcolm-Jamal Warner telling you to fly high and give your children love and gratitude and the journey doesn’t stop there. The group will also be releasing a deluxe version, which will feature four additional tracks that will feature guests Macy Gray, Bilal and more. The deluxe will also feature a cover of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day”, with a spoken intro from the legend himself.
With one surprise and delight after the other, you will most definitely have this album on repeat as you sore into music oblivion with Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone, who collectively make up the Robert Glasper experiment and this album truly is an experience.