While speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Glasper explained how the pair collaborated on the song years ago. “I was in another studio session and he called me one night like ‘What are you doing?’ And I said ‘Actually man, I’m in the studio.’ He said ‘Man, I’m in the lab too… I need to be inspired. Send me something!’ I was like ‘Word, ok.’”
Glasper continued, “I just sent him the track I was working on and he literally sent that joint back in like 45 minutes to an hour,” he continued. “The whole song was done in 45 minutes to an hour. He was always like that, he always wanted to work. Few times he came and sat in with me, some of my shows, always talking about music. He just really lived off music. Music was literally his air. Gonna miss that dude.”
Released last February, the original version of Black Radio III was highlighted by guest appearances from Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Esperanza Spalding, Ant Clemons, H.E.R., Jennifer Hudson, and Ty Dolla Sign, among others. Black Radio III follows Glasper’s Black Radio (2012) and Black Radio II (2013).
Stream Robert Glasper and Mac Miller’s collaborative single now on all major platforms and below via Spotify. You can also listen to the track up top via YouTube.