But you can listen to the album now. The folks at NPR have an exclusive stream of the project available on their site.
The album is led by the Brandy-assisted single “Optimistic,” which samples the classic Sounds of Blackness track of the same name.
We spoke to super producer Karriem Riggins about the group, and their origin. He said:
It started with us being friends for years. I produced Common’s last record, Black America Again, and some of the songs on there Robert Glasper and I co-produced together. Just the working relationship we had in the studio creating that album was effortless; a lot of the songs we came up with were organic. So that album came out and we felt the need to continue to record. We didn’t know what project we were necessarily working on — like, was it a new Common album, was it just music? So we just decided to form the group at that time, which was about a year ago. And “Letter to the Free,” that was before we actually decided to form August Greene, so everything has aligned for this collaboration to come together.
Stream the project before friday here.
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