Thundercat has released the song “Fair Chance,” from his forthcoming album, It is What it is.
The bassist’s new track features Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B, and is a moving tribute to the late rapper Mac Miller, who passed in 2018 following an accidental drug overdose. “Fair Chance” retains every ounce of Thundercat’s funky tendencies but is itself based on a melancholic progression.
“This song is about Mac… when he passed it shook the ground for the artist community,” Thundercat detailed in a press release. “Ty’s a strong dude and when he heard the song he knew exactly what it should be. I was there when he recorded it. We talked about what it was, and he did what he felt was right to it, and I love what he did.”
It is What it is, which also features the tracks “Black Qualls” and “Dragonball Durag,” is due out April 3 via Brainfeeder. It will also include contributions from the likes of Childish Gambino, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox.
Listen to “Fair Chance” here: