Last Saturday night (2/26/11) The Robert Glasper Experiment (Chris “Daddy” Dave- Drums, Derrick Hodge-Bass, Casey Benjamin – Alto Sax/Vocoder) took to the stage with guest vocalist Lupe Fiasco in a monumental collaboration mixing the jazz and hip-hop realms. Different on this night though, were the other guest vocalists who arrived later in the show, Mos Def and Kanye West. Mos has worked with Robert before on numerous occasions, while Kanye has worked with Experiment bassist, Derrick Hodge. As Robert would put it, “they like my shit too.” For all the newcomers just joining the bandwagon because Kanye showed up at an Experiment concert, welcome to a whole new world of the most talented musicians you never knew existed. Stick around for a little bit and check out what they have to offer, because hey, if Kanye will play with them they must be good, right?
Credits: Event took place at Blue Note Jazz Club NYC produced in association with Jill Newman Productions
The Revivalist: What’s going down tonight with Lupe?
Robert Glasper: I met Lupe because he did some article in Ebony Magazine where they asked him if he could take one song to the moon, what song would it be. He said one of my tunes. So my label got the Google Alert and then they saw that. Then actually not too far after that he got my number from Q-Tip I believe, and called me. He wanted to do this project, but this project had to go on hold. He wanted to do something else, so we talked about that project, but we haven’t done it yet. I was like whenever I get a chance and all that. This came around so I gave him a call and here we are.
Lupe , Mos Def and Kanye West with The Robert Glasper Experiment
Mos Def “Umi Says” ft. The Robert Glasper Experiment , Kanye West, & Lupe Fiasco
Words and Media By Meghan Stabile & Eric Sandler
Video Shot By Meghan Stabile (Revive Music Group)