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Lauryn Hill Responds To Her Critics In A MAJOR Way. This Is A Re-Education.

Just over two weeks ago, Grammy Award-winning musician/artist Robert Glasper opened up about Lauryn Hill in an interview with Houston, Texas' 97.9 The BOX. The revealing 40-minute conversation found Glasper recalling his time with L-Boogie in 2008 as a touring musician. Those memories were not positive, as the pianist says... Read more

Robert Glasper Claims Lauryn Hill Stole Credit From Other Writers On Her Miseducation Album (Video)

Every Hip-Hop artist uses some sort of musical inspiration in their music. However, Robert Glasper believes Lauryn Hill stepped over the line into biting. What's worse, is it pertains to her classic debut LP. Appearing on 97.9 The BOX's Madd Hatta Morning Show in Houston, the veteran pianist and Grammy-award-winning... Read more

The Kennedy Center Put Q-Tip In Charge Of Hip-Hop Culture & He Built A Dream Team To Help

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. has announced the inauguration of its Hip Hop Culture Council, and the names are nothing short of heavyweights. According to the center's Medium page, the council is comprised of Hip Hop luminaries from across various elements of the culture.... Read more

Common Looks Back At His Time With Dilla On A Song Fit For February (Audio)

Common has transcended Hip-Hop. He is now a political activist. He's won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award for his song "Glory" featuring John Legend in the film Selma. Also, he's the only Hip-Hop artist to achieve an "E.G.O." hat trick by receiving an Emmy Award for his... Read more

Common, Brandy, Robert Glasper & Karriem Riggins’ Video Breathes Hope Into Hard Times

Hip-Hop Heads learned about Common’s newest venture, a genre-defying collaboration with pianist/producer Robert Glasper and drummer/producer Karriem Riggins as the group, August Greene. The news came late last month with the drop of their single, "Optimistic" featuring Brandy. The record covers the Twin Cities’ R&B/Gospel group Sounds Of Blackness’ 1991 original... Read more

Common, Brandy & Robert Glasper Re-Make Sounds Of Blackness’ Optimistic & It Soars (Audio)

Common is taking his inherently collaborative spirit onto its next journey. The Chicago MC, along with pianist/producer Robert Glasper and drummer/producer Karriem Riggins have formed a new group, August Greene. Wasting no time, the group announced that they will drop their first, self-titled album on March 9, via Amazon. The... Read more

Common’s Latest Video Envisions a World With Empty Prisons & A True End to Slavery

With his eleventh studio album, Common continued the conceptual theme he began with 2014's Nobody's Smiling, in which he addressed gun violence and other racially disproportionate issues plaguing his native Chicago. November's Black America Again takes a broader view of sociopolitical Hip-Hop, inspired in part by the gravity of 2016's... Read more

Dang! This Mac Miller & Anderson .Paak Collaboration Is So Soulful (Audio)

After a relatively quiet 2016 for him, Mac Miller is on the verge of a return to the spotlight. Today (7/28), he has announced he is releasing his next studio album, titled The Divine Feminine, this September. Mac Miller Reflects On Career, Addiction & Rap Identity In Revealing Mini-Doc (Video)... Read more

Erykah Badu Directs & Stars In Robert Glasper’s Latest with Help From Miles Davis (Video)

On May 27, Robert Glasper released Everything's Beautiful, a collection of Miles Davis-inspired tunes featuring reworks of the originals with contributions from Stevie Wonder, Phonte, Bilal, Illa J, and more. Erykah Badu is also featured prominently, not only as a vocalist but now also as the creative mind and director... Read more

Robert Glasper Makes An Erykah Badu & Miles Davis Duet A Reality (Audio)

September will mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of Miles Davis, a musical icon whose penchant for reinvention made him as important an inventor as Henry Ford or George Washington Carver, or any other lionized American ingenue. Much of his discography - which spans into decades past his 1991... Read more

Robert Glasper & Bilal Re-Interpret Miles Davis’ “The Ghetto Walk” (Video)

Last month, Robert Glasper unveiled the first audio glimpse of his Everything’s Beautiful album (May 27). The Jazz musician is bridging the generations on an album inspired by and featuring some works by the late Miles Davis. In a season that looks at the trumpeter's life and times, courtesy of Don... Read more

Phonte & 9th Wonder Reunite On A Robert Glasper Tribute To Miles Davis (Audio)

Robert Glasper's interpretive Miles Davis tribute Everything's Beautiful is just under two months away. The May 27 album already unveiled its first single, the Bilal-featuring "Ghetto Walkin'." Now, "Violets" applies elements of Miles' 1959 Kind Of Blue ("Blue In Green") and delightfully bends it to fit Phonte's narrative in "Violets."... Read more

Robert Glasper & Bilal Rhythmically Glide Over A Miles Davis Horn Sample (Audio)

Always creating, Robert Glasper's upcoming project connects his music to that of late Jazz icon, Miles Davis. Both men have injected a sense of soul, pain, and pride into the music—while reminding the world of Jazz' Black heritage and medium to express the culture. Everything's Beautiful (May 27), Glasper's seventh... Read more

Snoop Dogg Revisits Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy,” With His Daughter, Lalah (Video)

A recent match-up between Snoop Dogg, Lalah Hathaway, Terrace Martin, and Robert Glasper is a glorious collaboration which in many ways was thought of years ago. Hathaway, the daughter of the late Soul icon Donny, has released an updated version of her dad's 1972 classic, "Little Ghetto Boy." However, it's... Read more

Yasiin Bey & Robert Glasper Perform De La Soul’s Stakes Is High (Video)

Concert-going Heads know, rarely are two Yasiin Bey shows the same. The MC formerly known as mighty Mos Def can do Hip-Hop sets, singing sets, and often weave in Dancehall to his live show—and that's when he's not playing support to Gorillaz, doing Black Star dates, or trying his hand... Read more

Black Sheep Dres & Jaleel Shaw Take Rap-Jazz Fusion To A New Frontier (Audio Premiere)

With his group Black Sheep, Dres helped lead a charge in the early 1990s that brought about awareness in Jazz, Funk, Dance, and a gestalt of Hip-Hop's influence. Nearly 25 years after A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, and D-R-E-S is still at it. Recently, the New York MC veteran came... Read more

The Robert Glasper Trio Has Got It Covered When It Comes To Jhene Aiko (Video)

Grammy Award-winning Jazz pianist and composer Robert Glasper has a long history of blending his own musical stylings with Hip-Hop, and his latest release embodies his appreciation for both. Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios features renditions of Jhené Aiko, Bilal, Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Musiq... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Gives An Enticing Performance In Keep Pushing (Short Film)

Producers of the upcoming film Revolutions Per Minute, have released a prequel to the movie, titled Keep Pushing. The visual is set sometime in the early 1990s. Almost 15 minutes long, the short film follows a Bronx, New York rapper by the name of Billy da Kid. The video starts off with... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Delivers Some Valentine’s Day Love with a Compilation Album (Audio Stream)

Pharoahe Monch has delivered a Hip-Hop Valentine's Day present in the form of a compilation album. Lost in Translation is a 12-song project featuring all-star contributions from Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Will.I.Am, Justin Timberlake, Phonte and more. According to Pharoahe's Bandcamp page, ""Lost In Translation" is a collection of previously... Read more

Raise It Up: Grasping The Entire Greatness Of J Dilla In Retrospect (Food For Thought)

On the heels of the first expanded Dilla Weekend, it is difficult to ignore the growth in posthumous fame that James Yancey (a/k/a Jay Dee or J Dilla) has accrued since passing away on this date, nine years ago. Like Amadeus Mozart's and Vincent Van Gogh's before him, Dilla's legacy... Read more

Stream Terrace Martin’s New LP ft Snoop, Kendrick Lamar & More (Audio)

Terrace Martin has released 3ChordFold Pulse, which features new material from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper and more. This project showcases Martin's jazz chops even more than the incredibly soulful original 3ChordFold project. Check out the full stream below.... Read more

Gary Clark, Jr. Releases a Mixtape ft Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Bilal & More (Mixtape)

Gary Clark, Jr. has released one of the more interesting projects of the year. The Grammy-winning blues guitarist put together a mixtape featuring Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Bilal, Robert Glasper and more. It features remixes to his 2012 album of the same name, and adds a few new cuts. You... Read more

Jill Scott’s Star Shines Bright in the Video for Robert Glasper Experiment’s Calls (Video)

Robert Glasper has released a video for Calls, featuring Jill Scott, that is equally gorgeous and complex as the song. Jilly from Philly is the star of the song and the video and she flexes her acting muscle as a damsel in distress. Check it out. Related: Robert Glasper Experiment... Read more

Robert Glasper – Calls ft Jill Scott

There is no other voice like Jill Scott's. Sexy. Sensual. Soft. Strong. Robert Glasper coaxes a vintage performance from her on his latest single, Calls. Press play and let your worries melt away. This is from Glasper's new album Black Radio 2, which will also feature Common, Lupe Fiasco, Anthony... Read more

Terrace Martin – No Wrong, No Right ft Robert Glasper & James Fauntleroy (Video)

Terrace Martin (best known for his work with Kendrick Lamar--Ab-Soul's Outro, m.A.A.d. Cit, Real) is an incredibly talented triple threat. And, with co-signs from OG's like DJ Quik, you know he's one to watch. Here's his new video for No Wrong, No Right featuring Robert Glasper & James Fauntleroy. Related:... Read more

Terrace Martin – No Wrong, No Right ft Robert Glasper & James Fauntleroy

Terrace Martin is one of the most versatile new artists on the West Coast. Raised on DJ Quik grooves, coached by Snoop Dogg, and aligned with Black Hippy, Terrace incorporates Jazz and instrumentation in a way that defies genre expectations. Newly-released "No Wrong, No Right" is a great example of... Read more

Yasiin Bey Performs in Paris (Video)

Yasiin Bey recently performed in Paris with the Robert Glasper Experiment. Here's some video of the event, which includes a guest appearance by Kanye West who performed Can't Tell Me Nothing. Check it out below.  Related:  Mos Def – The Light is not Afraid of the Dark (Prod. Kanye West)... Read more

Robert Glasper – Letter to Hermione ft Bilal & Black Milk + Afro Blue ft Erykah Badu & Phonte

Here are 2 more dope tracks from Robert Glasper's Black Radio Rediscovered EP. First is Letter to Hermione featuring Bilal and Black Milk. Next is Afro Blue featuring Erykah Badu and Phonte (Prod. 9th Wonder. Check out both below. Related: Robert Glasper - Black Radio (Remix) ft Yasiin Bey (Prod.... Read more