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Robert Glasper, the “Black Superhero” of “every ghetto”

The American pianist and producer drops a new video with Killer Mike, BJ the Chicago Kid and Big K.R.I.T., ahead of his upcoming album Black Radio III

On February 25, ten years to the day after Black Radio, Robert Glasper’s fifth and brilliant album, the American musician will release his new project Black Radio III. Similarly to the two previous volumes, the album will celebrate “joy, love and resilience of the black community” in America, wrapped in his usual and clever mix of jazz, soul and hip-hop. Album previews include the singles “Better Than I Imagined” with H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello, “Shine” with D Smoke and Tiffany Gouché and most recently “Black Superhero”, featuring rappers and vocalists Killer Mike, BJ the Chicago Kid and Big K.R.I.T.

The video for “Black Superhero” includes scenes shot in Los Angeles, highlighting the everyday heroes of predominantly African-American neighborhoods. To introduce the visual, a quote from writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates was chosen: “Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all we have, and you come to us in danger”. 

Originally from Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper was inspired by his mother, a pianist and gospel singer, to pursue a musical career. After attending Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts and Manhattan’s New School University, he released his debut album Mood in 2004, followed by Canvas and In My Element on the prestigious Blue Note Records label. He has also collaborated with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Kaytranada and the late J Dilla.

Black Radio III by Robert Glasper, out on February 25.