Thundercat’s fourth studio album It Is What Is became available today. The torchbearer of fusion finds himself working with Kamasi Washington, Louis Cole, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, his brother Ronald Bruner and Dennis Hamm. There are new collaborations with Steve Lacy, Childish Gambino, Lil’ B and Ty Dolla $ign. The 2018 death of his friend Mac Miller also influenced the making of It Is What It Is. Thundercat shared the feelings behind the album in a press release:
“This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be understood.”
His tour will be rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic but in the meantime stream the new album below.