Robert Glasper is one of those names that may not come up often in conversation if you’re not really digging into the production credits of today’s top artists. With that said, Glasper’s fingerprints are on the sound of today’s soul music, R&B scene and Hip-Hop landscape. Even if he’s not seen by the average fan, his presence is certainly felt. Over the years, he’s worked on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Anderson .Paak’s Malibu and Maxwell’s blackSUMMERs’night. Now, he’s tapping in with a new set of talented acts like Masego. Together, Glasper and Masego developed a soothing, soulful track called “All Masks.”
“The song is simple and speaks to the fact that because of COVID smiles were taken away,” Glasper said about his collaboration with the DMV’s own Masego, according to The Line of Best Fit.
“The very simple thing of looking at someone and smiling or smirking was gone. Who knew that at some point in the world smiles could be taken away? That’s how so many relationships were started because of a smile or smirk. A simple smile was a gift that would brighten someone’s day and would change someone’s day and those small little gestures were wiped away because we all had to wear masks. So I wrote that in the height of when people were wearing masks.”
“All Masks” will appear on the deluxe edition of Glasper’s latest album, Black Radio III. Check out the jazzy track below.