Renowned hip-hop artist and actor Common
, drummer Karriem Riggins
, and pianist Robert Glasper
are set to release their first album under the moniker August Greene
in March. For its lead single, the trio brought on the heart of ’90s pop-R&B, Brandy, to cover Sounds Of Blackness’ 1991 “Optimistic.” The song is typically carried by a full choir, but Brandy’s familiar harmonies flow over Glasper’s ryhthmic piano and Riggins’ swift drumming to give it an updated sound and exuberance. Listen below.