As I was listening to the radio the other day, I made the mistake of tuning into one of only three local “urban” stations just out of curiousity. Big mistake. Radio is PURE garbage these days and no one seems to care. If the artists (and I use this term very loosely) weren’t talking about money, they were talking about sex. If they weren’t talking about sex they were talking about their custom made cars, exotic trips and infinite bank rolls. I find this highly inappropriate given the fact that 1) these stations target a demographic that include children who can’t even read yet and 2) 98% of these listeners cannot fathom being able to afford half of what these “artists” talk about. Unfortunately people buy into this illusion and risk anything and everything to live these fantasy lifestyles. This is why I higlight REAL ARTISTS on this blog for my music spotlight series. I will always support these writers, who write about real issues affecting everyday people, musicians who play real instruments and singers who are far removed from the run of the mill cookie cutter images that are constantly shoved down our throats. That’s why I am happy to present my lastest find, Robert Glasper who is a brillant pianist and producer who has found a new way to infuse jazz, blues and hip hop. Like the incomparable Tribe Called Quest or one hit wonders (sorry) Diggable Planets he also focuses more on the instrumental aspect of music. You’ll most likely hear his single “Ah Yeah” from his latest album “Black Radio” as it features Chrisette Michelle and Musiz in decent rotation on adult contemporary stations. My personal favorite is a remake of Nirvana’s classic “Smells like Teen Spirit”. He’s also collaborated with such artists as Talib Kweli, Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Bilal and Mos Def just to name a few.