2017 was the year of the collaborative albums, and 2018 looks to continue that trend.
Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins have formed the group August Greene. They first came together for the Emmy-winning song “Letter To The Free,” for Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th. The trio will now release their collaborative debut album on March 9th, and have delivered the first single “Optimistic” with Brandy.
“August Greene actually formed before we chose a name, before we even knew it was a band,” Common said in a statement. “Karriem, Rob and I go back many years. It was something natural. When I started working with them it was like, ‘man, this feels like home,’ and it felt new and fresh. We love working together. The music takes us all to new places and it just feels like, everything I want to be as a musician is within the group of August Greene.”
Listen to “Optimistic” below.