August Greene, the hip-hop soul group consisting of Common and his longtime friends and collaborators Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper recently took the time to perform at NPR‘s famed Tiny Desk Concert to promote their upcoming debut album.
Common opened the in-house concert with a characteristically thoughtful statement about gender rights, saying “equality has never been the case in this country and in the world.” He went on to unofficially name the performance “Foregrounding Women,” acknowledging the female guests, as well as the “spiritual presence” of Glasper’s cousin, Loren, who passed just a few days earlier.
The trio performed five of their songs live including “Black Kennedy,” “Optimistic,” “Practice” and “Let Go” off the forthcoming album and the track “Stand Up for Something,” from the film Marshall. August Greene was also joined by special guests Brandy, Andra Day, Samora Pinderhughes and Maimouna Youssef.
Look for August Greene’s debut album to drop on March 9.