Black Radio III

Robert Glasper - Black Radio III
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Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #179 / 330
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Based on 73 ratings
2022 Ratings: #173
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Glasper’s vision of jazz, hip-hop and R&B as mutually sustaining forms remains as vital and promising as ever.


In almost equal measure, Black Radio III is both different from and similar to Robert Glasper's first two natural syntheses of R&B, jazz, and hip-hop carried out with his fluctuating gang of singers, rappers, and instrumentalists.

Rolling Stone

As an enjoyable fan-service sequel intended to offer music of comfort and solace, Black Radio III is fine.


Robert Glasper can pick features and genres to pull from nearly every corner of music, so there's bound to be at least a couple tracks you like on here, especially since they're all very catchy and beautifully produced. You got your first three track run with some hip-hop talent over great neo-soul beats. Then you have another three track run with beautifully sung female soul talent that are all so catchy and nice that they can either be radio grand slams or perfect soulful bath music. Then the ... read more


smooth as FUCK

Black Radio III, is obviously the third addition to Robert Glasper’s (hopefully still expanding) series: Black Radio. Even though this is the first Black Radio album to have released in almost a decade, it has potential to be the best in the series. now obviously i’m off a high from recency bias and i need to relisten to the other additions in the series before definitely saying which is the best one… but HOLY SHIT. i was engaged the entire time. even though ... read more


It's a testament to Robert Glasper that he can so smoothly blend jazz with hip-hop, neo-soul and R&B. I like the conscious spoken-word poetry on opener 'In Tune', whose dark piano crescendo sounds just like Radiohead's 'Pyramid Song'. The guest rappers and singers were great, including Killer Mike, BJ the Chicago Kid, Big K.R.I.T., Esperanza Spalding, Q-Tip, Yebba and Common. Unfortunately, the second half is miles worse to the point that it sounds like a different album.

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Added on: January 13, 2022