Robert Glasper at Roots Picnic, photographed by Seher Sikandar for Okayplayer
When it came around time for Black Radio 2, I mentioned to him that I would love to have Snoop and Kendrick Lamar [on the album], because I knew Terrace had worked with Kendrick on his album. He said “Alright, I’ll introduce you,” and he introduced me to both of them. Snoop was real cool. We kicked it for a bit and he said [Snoop voice] “Yeah nephew, I’m down.” Then I actually met Kendrick a few times, right before good kid m.A.A.d. city came out. I got a verse from him for Black Radio 2, and I thought, Yes! Then he said “I don’t like it, I want to redo it.” I was like, No! but he wanted to redo the verse.
But then he goes on tour for good kid m.A.A.d. city, and said he would do the verse while he was on the bus, but my timing got real short and I had to turn in the album, and so it couldn’t happen. Now I have this amazing verse on my computer.
When I go to L.A., me and Terrace hook up and we work on four projects at one time, all the time. He’s like “Ok, you’re in LA? Let’s get it in. Let’s do a few joints for Kendrick, let’s do a few joints for my album, let’s work on ideas for your album and this other person.” Every time I go to LA, we’re always working.
The direction that we were going in, Me and Robert, that’s what we do a lot. That’s who we are. So, who else could I have gotten except the same people that I’ve been playing with all my life? I could have gotten–keep in mind the greenlight that I had, budget-wise, was ridiculous enough to get anybody I want. But I didn’t want to get that guy, that guy, and that guy–I wanted to get my crew because my crew always gets me. That’s the fellowship. And being a jazz musician, the biggest thing about that is that energy of ‘each one, teach one’—that’s just the fellowship.
So Robert’s on the record, James Fauntleroy’s on the record, but we’ve got Robert “Sput” Searight, that’s the dude that writes for Snarky Puppy. We’ve got Marlon Williams that’s the dude that’s played on all the Snoop Dogg records since 1998. We have some heavy duty musicians on this album. I got that gang ’cause I needed to get a group of people that understood: Let’s shut the fuck up and get this music done. Fuck these egos, let’s go, you know what I’m saying?TRENDING VIDEOS
Anna [Anna Wise of Sonnymoon] is a huge piece of our heart, our minds, our souls. She is a doll. D-O-L-L. First of all she sings perfectly in tune. No autotune, gentlemen. And she’s very disciplined in the studio, she respects the music and she’s just there to work. She’s just so bad. I’ve worked with a lot of singers, and she’s one of my favorites to work with.
I was there in the beginning and at the end. I got in on the ground floor and came back for the icing! Maybe being around since good kid, m.A.A.d. city helped. I consider all those guys to be my friends, it’s one big team. Each of us brings something different to the table, like the yummiest potluck. The spell is broken when territory comes into play.