Black Radio

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Black Radio
Studio album by Robert Glasper
Released February 28, 2012
Genre Jazz, hip hop, R&B, soul
Length 65:18
Label Blue Note Records
Producer Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper chronology
Double-Booked
(2009)
Black Radio
(2012)
Black Radio 2
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Black Radio is the fifth studio album by American jazz pianist/hip hop producer Robert Glasper, recorded with his electric The Experiment quartet and released February 28, 2012 by Blue Note Records. The album won Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards and also received a nomination for Best R&B Performance from the album cut "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" featuring R&B singer Ledisi, in February 2013.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Lift Off / Mic Check" (featuring Shafiq Husayn) Robert Glasper, S. Husayn R. Glasper 3:57
2. "Afro Blue" (featuring Erykah Badu) Mongo Santamaria R. Glasper 5:13
3. "Cherish the Day" (featuring Lalah Hathaway) Sade Adu, Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman R. Glasper 5:53
4. "Always Shine" (featuring Lupe Fiasco and Bilal) R. Glasper, W. Jaco R. Glasper 5:22
5. "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" (featuring Ledisi) R. Glasper, L. Young R. Glasper 6:13
6. "Move Love" (featuring KING[2]) R. Glasper, Paris Strother R. Glasper 3:22
7. "Ah Yeah" (featuring Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele) R. Glasper, Derrick Hodge, T. Johnson, C. M. Payne R. Glasper, Bryan-Michael Cox 5:13
8. "The Consequences of Jealousy" (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello) R. Glasper, M. Ndegeocello R. Glasper 6:12
9. "Why Do We Try" (featuring Stokley) Jeffrey Allen (2) R. Glasper 6:32
10. "Black Radio" (featuring Yasiin Bey) R. Glasper, D. Hodge, Chris E. Dave, D. Smith R. Glasper 5:26
11. "Letter to Hermione" (featuring Bilal) David Bowie R. Glasper 4:52
12. "Smells Like Teen Spirit"   Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic R. Glasper 7:24
Total length:
65:10
iTunes bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "A Love Supreme"   John Coltrane R. Glasper 5:20
European bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "Fever" (featuring Hindi Zahra) R. Glasper, H. Zahra R. Glasper, H. Zahra 6:48
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "Twice"   Little Dragon R. Glasper 5:26
Notes
  • "Afro Blue" cover as performed by Mongo Santamaria.
  • "Cherish the Day" cover as performed by Sade.
  • "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" additional vocals of "F.T.B." from album In My Element as performed by Robert Glasper.
  • "Letter to Hermione" cover as performed by David Bowie.
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" cover as performed by Nirvana.
  • "A Love Supreme" cover as performed by John Coltrane.
  • "Twice" cover as performed by Little Dragon.

Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Afro Blue (9th Wonder's Blue Light Basement Remix)" (featuring Erykah Badu and Phonte) M. Santamaria, P. Coleman R. Glasper, 9th Wonder (signifies a remixer) 5:07
2. "Black Radio (Pete Rock Remix)" (featuring Yasiin Bey) R. Glasper, D. Hodge, Chris E. Dave, D. Smith R. Glasper, Pete Rock (signifies a remixer) 4:51
3. "The Consequences of Jealousy (Georgia Anne Muldrow Sassy Geemix)" (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello) R. Glasper, M. Ndegeocello R. Glasper, Georgia Anne Muldrow (signifies a remixer) 4:37
4. "Twice (?uestlove's Twice Baked Remix)" (featuring Solange Knowles and The Roots) R. Glasper, S. Knowles R. Glasper, ?uestlove (signifies a remixer) 9:22
5. "Letter to Hermione (Robert Glasper and Jewels Remix)" (featuring Bilal and Black Milk) D. Bowie, C. Cross R. Glasper, DJ Jewels Baby (signifies a remixer) 4:14
6. "Dillalude #2"   R. Glasper R. Glasper 9:10
Total length:
37:21

Personnel[edit]

The Robert Glasper Experiment

  • Robert Glasper — Piano, Fender Rhodes (Exc. tracks 10, 11), synthesizer (Track 10), arrangements (Tracks 2, 11, 12)
  • Casey Benjamin — Vocoder (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 8, 12), flute (Tracks 2, 11), saxophone (Tracks 3, 6, 9, 10), synthesizer (Tracks 3–5, 12), arrangement (Track 8)
  • Derrick Hodge — Bass
  • Chris Dave — Drums, percussion
  • Jahi Sundance — Turntables (Tracks 1, 8, 10, 12)
  • Stokley Williams — Percussion (Track 9)

Featured Artists

  • Shafiq Husayn — Vocals (Track 1)
  • Erykah Badu — Vocals (Track 2, Remix EP track 1)
  • Lalah Hathaway — Vocals (Track 3, 12)
  • Bilal — Vocals (Track 4, 11, Remix EP track 5)
  • Lupe Fiasco — Vocals (Track 4)
  • Ledisi — Vocals (Track 5)
  • KING (Track 6)
    • Anita Bias — Vocals
    • Amber Strother — Vocals
    • Paris Strother — Keyboards
  • Chrisette Michele — Vocals (Track 7)
  • Musiq Soulchild — Vocals, snapping (Track 7)
  • MeShell Ndegeocello — Vocals (Track 8, Remix EP track 3)
  • Stokley Williams — Vocals (Track 9), percussion (Tracks 9, 12)
  • Yasiin Bey — Vocals (Track 10, Remix EP track 2)
  • Hindi Zahra — Vocals (European bonus tracks)
  • Phonte — Vocals (Remix EP track 1)
  • Solange Knowles — Vocals (Remix EP track 4)
  • The Roots — (Remix EP track 4)
  • Black Milk — Vocals (Remix EP track 5)
  • 9th Wonder — Remixing (Remix EP track 1)
  • Pete Rock — Remixing (Remix EP track 2)
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow — Remixing (Remix EP track 3)
  • ?uestlove — Remixing (Remix EP track 4)
  • DJ Jewels Baby — Remixing (Remix EP track 5)

Production

  • Recorded at Treshhold, Los Angeles, CA, by Keith Lewis, assisted by Todd Bergman.
  • Vocals and piano for "Afro Blue" recorded by Max Ross at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Mixed by Qmillion at Flying Dread STudios, Venice, CA.
  • Mastering by Chris Athens at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.
  • Produced by Robert Glasper, except track 7 co-produced by Bryan-Michael Cox
  • Nicole Hegeman — Executive producer, production coordination, management
  • Eli Wolf — Executive producer, A&R
  • Vincent Bennett — Management
  • Gordon H. Jee — Art direction
  • Giuliyani — Original artwork on cover
  • Michael Schreiber — Photography
  • Jewell Green — Photography
  • Cognito — Photography
  • Angelika Beener — Liner notes

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