Hip-hop group August Greene — consisting of rapper Common, Grammy Award-winning pianist Robert Glasper, and drummer-producer Karriem Riggins — have released their self-titled debut album and it has all the feels.
The 11-track LP by no means falls short in delivering soulful melodies, along with lyrically-charged content. Features on the project include Samora Pinderhughes on “Let’s Go” and “Practice,” while Brandy lends her vocals to “Optimistic.” In addition, it also contains the track “Black Kennedy,” the single performed by the group on a recent episode of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert.”
August Greene announced their pairing live at New York City’s Highline Ballroom earlier this year, and now, fans get to experience their first effort.
Although the group is new on the scene, each member has worked together musically in the past. Both Riggins and Glasper worked on Common’s 2016 album Black America Again, with Riggins serving as main producer.
In an interview with XXL, Rigggins said: “Me and Robert had talked about doing stuff for a long time. But Common deserves the props for bringing us together to create. A lot of the time when I produce, everything is done, so a lot of the things he was brought in for, he added his touch and it put the music to another level.”
August Greene’s self-titled debut album can be purchased on Amazon.