Thundercat is a multi-faceted musician from Los Angeles. He has collaborated with the likes of Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, and Ty Dolla Sign. One his most notable contributions was towards Kendrick Lamar’s critically-acclaimed album, To Pimp A Butterfly. His latest album, Drunk, is filled with analogies to life, love, and society.

The artist visited the q studio at CBC Radio One and sat down with host, Tom Power, to discuss the album, its influences, and more. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the radio show, it’s a Canadian-based program that consistently features prominent artists, musicians, and cultural figures.

Read the synopsis of the interview below:

Thundercat’s new album, Drunk (out now), can be interpreted in many ways.

For the Los Angeles musician, it’s a feeling — a certain disillusionment he’s feeling particularly in these times. “It’s just life, and how everything feels right now, socially,” he notes. 

If Thundercat’s name sounds familiar, it may be because he was a contributor on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly. It was a process that helped significantly boost his profile, but it was also a standout experience for him, too.

“I’ve never experienced anything like that in a working situation, ever,” he says. “Working with him, it’s like being kneaded like a piece of dough, pulling different things out of me.”

Watch the interview above and listen to Thundercat’s ‘Drunk’ here.


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