During an interview, pianist/music director/bandleader Robert Glasper once said that he doesn’t follow a setlist for his performances. Rather, he lets the energy of the crowd dictate the vibe and the direction the show will go. The mark of highly-skilled and agile musicians, Glasper seems to flourish in settings without plans or parameters. For his first mixtape F**k Yo Feelings released earlier this month, he took this same free-for-all approach and gathered his talented tribe of artistic friends for a two-day jam session. The creative collective featured some of the industry’s elite including Herbie Hancock and the ever-elusive Yasiin Bey and resulted in another one of Glasper’s exceptional, genre-bending creations.
After giving fans a couple of weeks to digest every element of the project, he recently released an accompanying visual for the title track, which features singer YEBBA. The sometimes grainy black-and-white video captures a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the track. We catch a glimpse of bustling New York streets and subways and spot Glasper’s bandmates, Derrick Hodge, Chris Dave and DJ Jahi Sundance, while YEBBA takes direction from the vocal booth. Though missing from the feature, while sitting in on the jam session TDE’s SiR reportedly came up with the concept for the song, which later became the premise for the whole project. According to Glasper, the song and project reflect how he’s feeling right now and serves as a great mantra for today’s climate. He says, “F**k Yo Feelings” is a mantra saying, respect someone else’s plight that’s not your own. Take your feelings out of it and just respect their fight, understand what it is, and hell, fight with them. Just because it’s not your fight, it doesn’t mean they don’t need allies. Or, just get out of the way.”
Watch the video for Robert Glasper’s “F**k Yo Feelings,” and if you somehow haven’t already, be sure to add the full mixtape to your collection from your favorite digital platform. Glasper and his band are currently in the midst of a stellar residency at the legendary Blue Note in New York, which wraps up on Sunday, November 3rd. The remaining shows are said to include special guests Esperanza Spaulding, Luke James and Slum Village’s T3 and the original Robert Glasper Experiment, but additional surprises are always anyone’s guess. Tri-State SoulBouncers can head to the historic venue’s website to grab tickets now.