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ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio 2’

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The follow-up to Robert Glasper’s Grammy-winning breakthrough builds on its predecessor’s foundation by defying genre limitations and reframing the sound of contemporary urban music. Glasper reconnects hip-hop with its humanity, eliminates its self-mythologizing cliches and injects the warmth and individuality back into R&B. As on volume one, the jazz pianist collaborates with a variety of vocalists and MCs by utilizing their strengths in imaginative ways or placing them in different environments to coax out new shades of their talents.

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