Artist of the Day: Thundercat

posted by Matt Jarrells on 05/09/2017

May 9, 2017

Last month Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, released his new expansive, introspective, genre melding album simply titled Drunk. The LP featured appearances from artists across the industry: Kenny Loggins, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Michael McDonald, and Pharrell. Praised for its effortless shifts through a myriad of sonic ideas while maintaining a perpetual groove, Drunk is his first album in nearly 4 years during which he snuck onto all of the biggest hip-hop releases.

Thundercat has cultivated a reputation for bringing warmth and groove into the world of rap, most notably for being at “the creative epicenter” of Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 opus, To Pimp a Butterfly. He has worked with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Kimbra, Ty Dolla Sign, Childish Gambino, Kamasi Washington, and more. Bruner comes from a musical family and played bass in the ever-changing line-up of Suicidal Tendencies with his brother from 2002 to 2011.

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