Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Robert Glasper has released his new single today, “Better Than I Imagined” featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello, two of the most powerful female voices in contemporary music. 2020, with all its adversity, has also been a revelation in many ways and especially as a renaissance of Black expression and the appreciation and understanding for Black voices, stories, and art to be seen and heard more now than ever. While this is nothing new for Glasper, the world is finally catching up with the musical maestro and cultural figurehead. The song comes paired with a beautiful video animated by Gianni Lee, which paints a surreal and post-apocalyptic world where heroes come to heal the Black community through love.
“Better Than I Imagined” is an ardent dedication to the value and virtue of Black love. Robert explains the meaning behind the song, “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.”
Robert Glasper will be performing at the March on Washington taking place on August 28tth – exactly 57 years to-the-date from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech. He will be one of the only musical performers in attendance alongside frequent collaborator, bassist Derrick Hodge, live and in-person, and televised on MSNBC.
This new song comes off the back of the heralded new project Dinner Party, the musical supergroup of Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and 9th Wonder. The four standalone geniuses came together as friends and peers, making music that fuses Jazz, R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop, praised by New York Times, NPR, The FADER, Stereogum, Complex, Hypebeast, Essence, and more. Last year Glasper released his mixtape Fuck Yo Feelings, an organic creation with collaborations between Glasper and Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Yebba, Denzel Curry, Terrace Martin, YBN Cordae, SiR, Buddy, Rapsody, Andra Day, Baby Rose and more. He also held an unprecedented run of 56 shows in 28 only days at his second residence at the legendary Blue Note in New York.
Glasper boasts seven Grammy nominations and three wins for Best R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, an Emmy nomination- work with Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Yasiin Bey and many more.
“Better Than I Imagined” is out now and is the first new music from the Black Radio 3 project, coming in 2021