This American pianist was raised in Houston. His mother, a pianist herself, was also a gospel singer. After studying music in New York, Glasper made his recording debut in 2004 on a small independent label. Before long, he was snapped up by Blue Note, which released the album Canvas in 2005. As well as belie a surprising harmonic complexity, his warm music also reveals a hip-hop influence. In various capacities, the pianist has collaborated with a number of hip-hop artists, including Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z and Erykah Badu. Double Booked came out in 2009. He followed up with two R&B-oriented albums, Black Radio and Black Radio 2 (2012 and 2013), winning 2 Grammys for Best R&B album and Performance. On Covered (2016), he returned to the musicians who form the original trio featured on his first two Blue Note albums. Glasper also occasionnally performs with his quartet, The Robert Glasper Experiment, in more "urban" style.