Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli & Anderson .Paak Rock The Stage With Robert Glasper (Videos)
Robert Glasper’s ongoing Blue Note residency in New York City is bringing out some of the illest talent Hip-Hop, R&B, and Jazz has to offer. The two-time Grammy Award-winning keyboardist, songwriter, and producer showed that on Saturday night (October 13). Glasper had Black Star and Anderson .Paak as guests on his stage.
In a video shot by Alex Kurland (via Brooklyn Vegan), .Paak covered Slum Village’s beloved “Fall in Love” (from Fantastic, Vol. 2). This was before he was accompanied by Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), who rapped along to his solo classic “Ms. Fat Booty.” The pair then transitioned into a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “One Step Ahead,” which “Ms. Fat Booty” (produced by Ayatollah) samples.
On Sunday night (October 14), Yasiin was joined by Talib Kweli along with him, and the Black Star duo performed its 20-year-old “Thieves In The Night,” before Kweli did his Reflection Eternal number, “Love Language.”
Anyone interested in catching Glasper’s residency is still in luck. His series of performances continues on Tuesday (October 16) and Wednesday, and he’ll be accompanied by bassist Christian McBride and trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Beginning on October 18 and running through the 21st, Bilal will be joining the show for a string of Miles Davis tribute shows. Ticket links and information are available at Blue Note.
Glasper, who is an artist on Blue Note Records, worked with Yasiin Bey and Pete Rock on 2012’s Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. This year Talib guested on Robert’s KAYTRANADA remix project, after the pair linked for Kweli’s 2017 Radio Silence. In 2016, Glasper played keys on Anderson .Paak’s “Waterfall.” Glasper linked with Common and Karriem Riggins for this year’s eponymous album by their group, August Greene.
Alex Kurland also provided Ambrosia For Heads with video of an off-the-top freestyle from the recent residency. Glasper is on the keys, Chris “Daddy” Dave of Da Drumhedz is on the kit, and Kweli rocks the mic with his Black Star brother beside him:
“This sh*t ain’t no joke, like Rakim / See that wack MC, and yo, it’s not him / Wouldn’t say Kweli / And yo, that’s what it’s supposed to be / I’m from B-K / And rap like no delay / Like Nice & Smooth / Talib Kweli, and yo, I make a move / Like gentrification / I rap with no hesitation / Every time I do, people feel elated,” spits the MC, before giving props to mighty Mos and Chris.
As Anderson prepares his Aftermath debut Oxnard for November 16, Black Star is in the midst of their 20th-anniversary celebration. In addition to the heralded collaborative album, Yasiin Bey has spoken of potential new music, produced by Madlib.