Robert Glasper Experiment – ‘I Stand Alone’ Feat. Common & Patrick Stump
The Robert Glasper Experiment deliver an inspirational new single, 'I Stand Alone,' that features fellow Illinois natives Common and Patrick Stump, the latter of whom you might know as the lead singer for Fall Out Boy.
Stump's typically wailing vocals are kept relatively subdued here and help to drive home the messages of self-empowerment within Com's verses. The Chicago native's raps are complemented well by Glasper's piano-driven backdrop, which should come as no surprise to those familiar with the two. Common and Glasper have recorded and performed together numerous times in the past and that pretty much ensures that they'll never flounder when joining forces.
The track also features a sharply worded spoken-word outro that pays homage to the true artists out there:
"Thank god we've still got musicians and thinkers whose obsession with excellence and whose hunger for greatness remind us that we should all be unsatisfied with mimicking the popular rather than mining the fertile veins of creativity that god placed deep inside each of us."
Well said. You can stream 'I Stand Alone' below. Glasper's 'Black Radio 2' drops Oct. 29.