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Robert Glasper on ‘Black Radio III’ and the Impact of His Trilogy Spanning 10 Years
When Robert Glasper unveiled his fourth studio album, Black Radio, to the world in 2012, the pioneering jazz pianist had no idea that the genre-bending record would make an indelible impact on the music industry. The Houston-born musician and songwriter had spent the early years of his career releasing traditional jazz albums—though his sensibilities for hip-hop were apparent—to solidify himself in the high brow jazz world.
By the time he released Black Radio—a breathtaking celebration of not only Black music, but also Black culture through R&B, neo-soul, hip-hop, and of course, jazz—Glasper was eager to showcase his musical range.
“I thought it was going to be the cool, underground album that people heard, but I literally had no idea it was going to do what it did and it went pretty mainstream to my surprise as well,” Glasper told Los Angeles. The album also earned Glasper his first Grammy award under the category for Best R&B album.
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