Musician’s newest undertaking is ‘Fuck Yo Feelings,’ his first launch on Loma Vista Recordings
If the queue of followers religiously snaking down the block from Blue Note Jazz Club during the last 5 weeks is any indication, October could have to make room for one more custom. On Sunday, Robert Glasper will wrap up his second residency on the famed New York City venue.
Already coined “Robtober,” the Robert Glasper Residency — inaugurated final October — kicked off Oct. 3-6 with particular visitor Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Glasper bandmates Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge and DJ Jahi Sundance. Featuring two performances every evening (eight p.m., 10:30 p.m.), the sold-out residency’s jam-packed schedule boasted particular company similar to Esperanza Spalding, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Black Thought and Anderson .Paak, plus tributes to Stevie Wonder (with Common, Luke James and Yebba), Roy Hargrove (together with Terrace Martin, Ben Williams) and J Dilla (Slum Village’s T3).
The latter weekend-long salute was introduced in partnership with the Save the Music Foundation, benefiting its J Dilla Music Tech Grant. Glasper closes out the ultimate week of his keep (Oct. 29-Nov. 3) with the unique members of RG Experiment: Hodge, Dave, Sundance and Casey Benjamin.
The begin of this yr’s residency coincided with the discharge of Glasper’s newest undertaking, F-ck Yo Feelings. Recorded in two days in Los Angeles, the improvisational mixtape is chock-full of high-profile visitor collaborators, together with Herbie Hancock, SiR, YBN Cordae, Rapsody, Andra Day and Baby Rose. Among the mixtape’s indelible moments is the title monitor that includes Yebba and “Expectations” that includes Baby Rose and Rapsody.
“That song carries such a powerful message,” says Glasper. “I wanted to give females a platform to speak their minds without me saying anything as there’s very much a female movement that’s happening now. I just wanted to set the stage and let them roll.”
Glasper’s prolific musical output additionally contains penning authentic scores for the HBO documentary The Apollo (Nov. 6) and February’s The Photograph with Issa Rae. The self-described “studio chef” talks concerning the inventive bent behind his increasing residency, segueing to a new label house and collaborating with Brittany Howard: “She’s very very similar to a jazz musician: going with what feels good after which trusting the universe.”
You graduated from 48 exhibits in 24 days throughout your inaugural Blue Note residency to 56 exhibits in 28 days this time round. Are you aiming for a Guinness file or one thing?
No. [Laughs] It’s simply me expressing all of the completely different sides of who I am by the use of a platform the place I can just about try this in a single shot. Depending on the place they dwell, individuals most likely get to see me carry out dwell as soon as a yr if it’s not L.A. or New York. This is simply a means to match a lot of various tasks into one place over a few days for each so individuals have a probability to see various things at one time. It’s nearly like condensing 5 years of my life into one month. But we’re wanting like that is going to be a “factor” as a result of I’m absolutely going to need to do a third. Trying to determine all of it out when it comes to all of the completely different artists concerned and their schedules plus budgets, flights and people sorts of issues is a dialog that we actually begin having in June or July.
Your new mixtape additionally alerts your segue to a new label, Loma Vista Recordings. Why the change?
I love Blue Note [the label]. They’ve been nice to me since I signed there in 2005. We’re speaking nearly 14 years and 10 albums, I consider. Loma Vista is new, younger and hip. It doesn’t have the historical past that Blue Note has. But generally historical past can tie you down. Loma Vista may be very a lot a part of the brand new technology of expertise in the way in which they transfer throughout the music trade and the way they promote. It’s similar to a model new world and that’s essential to me.
How would you describe your mind-set whereas recording Black Radio versus F-ck Yo Feelings?
I at all times lick my musical finger, put it up within the air and see the place the wind blows me. With Black Radio, I felt it was time to change one thing within the musical paradigm. Two issues made me really feel that means. One was I had a 2-year-old son, Riley, who was 2 years outdated then. I’m pondering I want a shift in my life to find a way to care for this boy in the appropriate means. [Laughs] Let me do that file I’ve at all times needed to do — a crossover utilizing many vocalists — and perhaps that can bump issues up a bit. I felt the trade was a little stale then. Plus it was additionally concerning the politics of the music trade: being black and a jazz musician and [dealing with] what individuals need to play on the radio.
This new undertaking is extra socially primarily based, talking out about sexism, homosexual rights and racism. In these final two to three years, there’s been a actual push-back with individuals being like yo, we’re who we’re. Leave us the f— alone. You know what I imply? The mixtape is about acknowledging another person’s struggle; understanding what their struggle is and placing your emotions except for it. It’s not about what you are feeling, it’s about what’s proper. People have despatched me so many Instagram messages telling me what the title means to them.
Beyond your numerous tasks, you discovered time to collaborate with Brittany Howard on her new album Jaime. What was it like working along with her?
We first met final yr on the opening of The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Ala. She advised me then that she had a undertaking she needed to do and rattled off the band members she needed. We later spent about a week in an LA studio. She’s so cool as a result of she is aware of who she desires to put within the room and has very particular issues she desires carried out from what’s already written in her thoughts. But on the identical time, she enables you to be free to provide you with issues whereas asking to your enter. I wrote a track on the album known as “13th Century Metal,” which got here out of me and the drummer jamming throughout a soundcheck. And Brittany is like, “What’s that? Keep going, don’t cease.” Then she got here in, put some stuff over it and it grew to become a track. She’s very very similar to a jazz musician in that means: going with what feels good after which trusting the universe.
Have you penciled in a new studio album but?
After ending up this residency, I’m going to chill. Then I’m going to begin making some new recordings — which is able to almost certainly be my Black Radio 3.