Robert Glasper – Ah Yeah feat. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele

I will begin this post by saying that I was introduced to Robert Glasper when I took a trip to NY in 2012. I saw him perform live, and he is quite a talent to say the least. Yet, I must say that I am still even more amazed at how good his music is when this song was brought to my attention by a friend and fellow contributor at 3GW….none other than Political K.

To me, the following song epitomizes what soulful music is all about! If you take 3.5 minutes to just sit back, stop whatever you’re doing, and listen to it, I’m sure it will take you to a place of peace where a nice groove accompanies you to your final destination of jazz, R&B, and neo-soul. It features the vocals of Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele and the collaboration makes for something that will definitely be a love song for the ages. It comes off Mr. Glasper’s Grammy award-winning album entitled Black Radio, and when you finally hear it you wont hesitate to become a fan of his music much like myself and a few others around here at 3GW. Enjoy!

Supreme Soul

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Robert Glasper – Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box (cover)

I was introduced to this recently dubbed Grammy award winner by a friend of mine and our own Political K at some point in recent years. I wasn’t familiar with his music nor was I even interested in knowing of his talent  regardless of their urging me to listen. Yet, when I finally heeded those instructions to give him a true chance to grace my eardrums with his melodies I was truly blown away. Needless to say Robert Glasper has unparalleled talent, but if you are a fan of jazz then you can easily tell he brings something different to the genre altogether. I mention this based off songs he has written and performed as well as songs he covers from within the jazz genre and outside of it. One that still amazes me is his cover of Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit. If you’re a fan of the original and don’t want to see it changed this may not be for you. However, if you don’t mind a new take on classic music then it may open your eyes and ears to a brand new feeling and emotion of the song and its uniqueness.

robert_glasper_experiment_jkI felt the exact same way when I came across this cover of Pact Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box by Radiohead. The song is great unaltered in its original form. But still Glasper finds a way to expand on this and takes the song to a different feeling with his jazz stylings. With flawless and complimentary beatboxing from Taylor McFerrin (son of the great Grammy winning Bobby McFerrin) and a smooth carrying baseline from Derrick Hodge, Robert stays true the song while adding intricacies to it that make it stand out as a formidable jazz rendition. I believe jazz covers of songs that are nowhere near the original genre are often complicated and sometimes unattainable in regards to the overall presentation. Yet, I think Glasper has a talent to make these seemingly polar opposite styles come across to the listener as relatives that may be just one generation removed. In the end, you’re left with something that makes you want to explore his body of work more and perhaps even step outside of the box that you have felt comfortable residing in for all this time. Maybe then you will be like Political K, passing on references of musical artists that are ahead of their time to the unknowing who happen to think of themselves as music enthusiasts. Just goes to show that when it comes to the galaxies of music a friendly reference should never fall on deaf ears.

– Supreme Soul 

DJ Supreme Soul’s Love Is…

Following post is written by Political K

dj-supreme-souls-love-is1One of my all time favorite mixes by DJ Supreme Soul is entitled Love Is. It features music from Anthony Hamilton, Eric Roberson, Eric Benet, Tamia, Lauryn Hill, Kem, Destiny’s Child, Robert Glasper, Carl Thomas, New Edition, Joe, and Mint Condition. Whether you’re in love, have a broken heart, sworn off love, or just love love this mix is for you. This mix gives me butterflies. Take a listen and enjoy some good R&B music.

“Some people are settling down, some people are settling, and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.”

Listen to and download DJ Supreme Soul’s Love Is…here.