OKP Exclusive: Faith Evans, Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton In The Studio For Robert Glasper's 'Black Radio 2''
Not only does Robert Glasper‘s brilliant album Black Radio have a part 2 (in stores now >>>cop it via iTunes) so does our exclusive behind the scenes webisodes following the all-star cast of dozens that assembled in the studio like souljazz avengers to make this album happen. In Part 2: The Electric Boogaloo, we get webisodes on Okayplayers Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton and hip-hop/r&b legend Faith Evans, who contributed vocals to the amazing “Calls”; “Yet To Find” and “You Own Me,” respectively. There’s nothing like hearing talents of this caliber connect on record and trust, they know it. The mutual respect comes through clearly in these interviews; the common factor that motivated all involved to lay egos and busy schedules aside and come together in the studio, if not without a little smack talk along the way. Or as Anthony Hamilton says of Glasper: “Cat stole my Grammy.” Watch below for the full DVD-Extras experience on the making of Black Radio 2:
Norah Jones and Common are just two of the stellar talents Robert Glasper enticed into the studio to help him create the magnum dopus he calls Black Radio 2 (see also: Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Emeli Sandé, Patrick Stump, Anthony Hamilton…hold on I’m gonna need bigger headphones). Some of these collaborators are longtime homies and Okayplayers. Others are new world-conquerors and considering the chart-topping power (Emeli Sandé by herself broke The Beatles‘ chart record in the UK??) the assembled team brings to bear on a little old “jazz” record, Black Radio 2 is a historic achievement even before the first note is played. We should maybe not be surprised however, because true talent is like catnip for musicians and when it comes to talent–yes, I will say it–Robert Glasper is the catlady of jazz. Today we get a look at the behind the scenes creative process that unfolded in the studio for two of our favorite tracks on the new album: “I Stand Alone” f/ Common & Patrick Stump and “Let It Ride” f/ Norah Jones. Besides glimpses of the studio chemistry and insights from the piano man himself, Common sits down to share more with the camera. Watch these two installments below and come back tomorrow for part 2–with another all-star round up of collaborators! Oh and hit the links below to cop Black Radio 2, which hit shelves today: