R+R=NOW, the supergroup led by Robert Glasper, have shared their take on Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost,” from their upcoming live album R+R=NOW Live.
R+R=NOW’s cover of “How Much a Dollar Cost” channels the emotional charge of the original from Lamar’s 2015 opus To Pimp a Butterfly. Smoky, warped brass wails cry out over the opening of their rendition, as Glasper holds down the core piano progression in line with drummer Justin Tyson’s mesmerizing rhythm. R+R=NOW were uniquely placed to cover “How Much a Dollar Cost,” seeing as member Terrace Martin helped Lamar pen the song, while Glasper was a contributor elsewhere on To Pimp a Butterfly.
R+R=NOW Live was recorded during the band’s month-long residency at New York City’s illustrious Blue Note Jazz Club in October 2018. The shows arrived shortly after the release of their debut album Collagically Speaking and just one year on from the group’s initial formation for a SXSW performance.
“R+R stands for ‘Reflect’ and ‘Respond,’” Glasper shared of the band’s name in a press release. “When you reflect what’s going on in your time and respond to that, you can’t not be relevant. So ‘R’ plus ‘R’ equals ‘NOW.’” Others in the group include Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass and Taylor McFerrin on synthesizer.
R+R=NOW Live will arrive on February 12 via Blue Note Records. Listen to “How Much a Dollar Cost” here: