Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
Pianist and producer Robert Glasper makes like Dexter—the kid scientist, not serial-killer killer—and merges musical beakers for his grand, jazz-meets-rap-meets-soul project. The 34-year-old renaissance man, who’s been featured on albums by Kanye West and Q-Tip, named Black Radio for the durable recording device known to survive plane crashes (a suggestion of Mos Def, who appears on the title track as Yasiin Bey). And the LP is indeed everlasting, inviting the likes of Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco and Bilal to vibe out to breezy saxophones, bass and keys for the perfect incense and Riesling kick back. Consider this experiment a radioactive success.