The jazzcats at Revivalist had the chance recently to sit down at the legendary Electric Ladyland studios with one of our favorite keyboardists, Mr. Robert Glasper. Long before we knew where he was going with his new LP Black Radio (due out in February, 2012 on Blue Note) we knew it was going to be a beast. But now we can name all the parts of the beast: the sharp teeth, the flashing eyes, the powerful wings, the stellar guest features from Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Ledisi, Bilal, KING, and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others–because thanks to that exclusive studio session we have Glaspers’s track-by-track comments providing insight and backstory to each piece of music. Read the description of the title track (featuring Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def) below and get the rest of the track commentary with the full post at Revivalist.
10. Black Radio (featuring Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def)
“We’ve been doing this song for about two years. Mos’ concept was centered on the fact that the black box is the only thing that survives a plane crash. He was like, “Why don’t they just make the whole plane out of that?” Good music always survives, even amongst all the bullshit. With everybody trying to sound like one another, we’ll always go back to people like Donny Hathaway. That’s why we call it ‘Black Radio.’”