oday, Thundercat shares visuals for “Dragonball Durag”, the latest single from It Is What It Is, out April 3rd via Brainfeeder. Directed by Zack Fox, the new video features cameos from HAIM, Kali Uchis and comedian Quinta Brunson.
On a sunny day in Los Angeles, Stephen Bruner finds the titular durag and puts it on, gaining the confidence of a true Super Saiyan. With this durag on, Thundercat hilariously unleashes his newfound mojo. His attempts to charm the ladies with song and dance never quite work, but it never dulls his spirit.
“The durag is a superpower, to turn your swag on… it does something, it changes you,” says Bruner. “If you have one in the wardrobe, think about wearing it tonight, and it may pop off because you never know what’s going to happen.”
The new video arrives just before Thundercat sets off on his 25-date tour of North America, his largest so far. Plenty of dates are already sold out, and future dates are likely to go fast as well.
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Thundercat forms a cornerstone of the Brainfeeder label. In the 2010s, he released Golden Age of Apocalypse (2011), Apocalypse (2013), and the EP The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam, which features the modern classic “Them Changes”. He was later “at the creative epicenter” of the 21st century’s most influential hip-hop album Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, where he won a Grammy for his collaboration on the track “These Walls” before releasing his game-changing third album Drunk in 2017. In 2018 Thundercat and Flying Lotus composed an original score for an episode of Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning TV series Atlanta (created and written by Donald Glover).
Last year saw Thundercat invited by the legendary jazz institute Blue Note, New York City to perform a sold-out 14 show residency over the space of 6 days. Special guests for the residency included Reggie Watts, Zack Fox and Hannibal Buress. Other live highlights for Bruner in 2019 have included a US tour alongside his friend Anderson .Paak, an appearance at the Nile Rodgers curated Meltdown Festival held at the Southbank Centre, London; and Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival (the brainchild of Tyler The Creator). Previous festival highlights for Thundercat include Glastonbury, Coachella, Primavera, Sónar, Field Day, Fuji Rock, Dekmantel, Newport Jazz Festival, Primavera Sound, SXSW, Governors Ball, and all three Brainfeeder X label showcases in Tokyo (SONICMANIA), Los Angeles (Adult Swim Festival) and London (Brixton Academy) to celebrate the label’s 10th anniversary in 2018.. One memorable sold out show at New York’s Irving Plaza in 2017 featured Dave Chappelle making an impromptu appearance as his hype man. He even found time to guest on The New Yorker Radio Hour.
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