Robert Glasper, has teamed up with Kaytranada, for a remix of the single “Better Than I Imagined.” The original version of the new track, a preview of Glasper’s forthcoming release Black Radio 3, features Grammy-winning H.E.R., and Meshell Ndegeocello. Better Than I Imagined is an ode to Black love that Glasper has expanded upon beyond the music and video, “No one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven’t had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships. It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we’re going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships.”
Alongside the single nod, Glasper was also nominated for his 2019 surprise-release mixtape F*ck Yo Feelings, up for Best Progressive R&B Album. F*ck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista Recordings). The album is the result of a two-day session in which Glasper invited musician friends to stop by the studio and organically create together, the final result being this mixtape which sonically documents the lost art of improv and on the spot collaborations that can only come from authentic relationships. Glasper’s sound can hardly be defined but is built on his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. F*ck Yo Feelings is an inspired update in that lineage, blending the personalities of himself and his collaborators that include a top-tier range of standout artists across different scenes that only Glasper could put in the same room – Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Baby Rose, Bilal, Buddy, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenkins, SiR, Rapsody and more. The mixtape marked the first time Glasper reunited and recorded with Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge (bass).
Glasper, has also had a major hand in other albums including Brittany Howard’s Jamie, and his supergroup collaboration in Dinner Party, alongside bandmates Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and 9th Wonder. Earlier this year, Dinner Party released their self-titled debut followed up soon thereafter by, Dinner Party: Dessert, reimagined versions of the tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, Cordae, Herbie Hancock, Buddy, Bilal, Tank and the Bangas, Punch and Rapsody, alongside newcomers Reuben Vincent, Malaya and Alex Isley, plus resident Dinner Party guest, Phoelix. Their debut album, though a few years in the making, was a surprise Summer release.