The guest list on Robert Glasper's "Black Radio" reads like the who-is-who of contemporary hip hop and soul music. Bilal, Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco and Meshell Ndegeocello – just to name a few – join jazz pianist Robert Glasper, to create an album that redefines the term fusion jazz.
"Black Radio" is neither a jazz album that tries to be neo soul, nor a neo soul/hip hop album that tries to jazz up with a few piano hooks.
The Texas born-and-raised musician and producer points out the difference between fusion and clash: anything can clash, but not everything can intertwine.
"Black Radio" is probably the best and most authentic album combining jazz with soul and hip hop since Guru's "Jazzmatazz Vol. 1" in 1993. Although it is hard to pick a favourite song, I have to say "Why Do We Try" and the title song "Black Radio" capture the idea of the album in the best way possible.