The minute it was announced (which wasn't too long ago), Everything Is Beautiful shot straight to the top of our must-have list of the year. The album finds Robert Glasper mining the work of hard bop pioneer and jazz icon Miles Davis and revamping and reimagining it for a new era. With a star-studded guest list, the set is sure to be, at the very least, one of the most interesting listens of 2016. We've already gotten a preview of what's to come with the Bilal-featuring "Ghetto Walkin'." Now we get another sample with "Violets," which features our main man Phonte and some production help from the one and only 9th Wonder.
"Violets" finds Phontigallo spitting over a flipped sample of Kind Of Blue's "Blue In Green." But rather than overcomplicate the song's haunting melody, Phonte and 9th keep things rather simple, with a basic kick/snare rhythm accompanying the doubled notes as Phonte rhymes. Our boy also provides vocal accompaniment with a few sung ad-libs sprinkled in the background while fellow vocalist BeMyFiasco provides a soft, dreamy chorus that perfectly bridges the gap between the Miles' jazz aesthetic and Phonte and 9th's hip hop sensibilities.
We without a doubt can't wait to hear the rest of the collaborations on Everything Is Beautiful, which is set to hit stores on May 27th. Meanwhile, Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's biopic about Miles, is hitting select screens today (with its soundtrack out now). Before you rush out to catch a showing, check out "Violets" right here.