Back in January, rapper Common, pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Karriem Riggins introduced that they’ve fashioned a brand new band known as August Greene. Since then, the group has shared two strong singles — ‘Optimistic‘ featuring Brandy and ‘Black Kennedy‘. Now ahead of the album’s launch on March 9, they’ve decided to share the project in its entirety.
It started with us being friends for years. I produced Common’s last record, Black America Again, and some of the songs on there Robert Glasper and I co-produced together. Just the working relationship we had in the studio creating that album was effortless; a lot of the songs we came up with were organic. So that album came out and we felt the need to continue to record. We didn’t know what project we were necessarily working on — like, was it a new Common album, was it just music? So we just decided to form the group at that time, which was about a year ago. And “Letter to the Free,” that was before we actually decided to form August Greene, so everything has aligned for this collaboration to come together.
August Greene Track List:
2. Black Kennedy
3. Let Go (ft. Samora Pinderhughes)
4. Practice (ft. Samora Pinderhughes)
5. Fly Away
7. Piano Interlude
8. No Apologies
9. The Time
10. Optimistic (ft. Brandy)
11. Swisha Suite