Jam of the Day: Thundercat – Black Qualls

Thundercat - It Is What It Is
Thundercat – It Is What It Is (Cover Art)

Today on Da Gas Block the team presents to you, the Jam of the Day: Thundercat – Black Qualls (Feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington & Childish Gambino), highlighted on Thundercats new album It Is What It Is. Black Qualls is a mellow funk ode about: overcoming paranoia & no longer living in fear… It’s definitely a song for the current times, salute Thundercat.


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Upon pressing play you are instantly zapped by the rhythm of funk, as Thundercat glides over the mellow composition informing listeners, “I just bought a crib on top of the hill/And I bought a brand new ride, am I keepin’ it real?/There’s nothin’ wrong if you got it/ I’m not livin’ in fear, I’m just bein’ honest,” showing the listeners it’s not wrong to do good for yourself, and that doesn’t have to be an insecurity that weighs you down.

In addition, to slick songwriting, can we talk about both Steve’s (Arrington & Lacy) featured on the track? Black Qualls is the first song I’ve ever heard Steve Arrington on, and the passion showcased from him is unmatched. Rising star Steve Lacy sprinkled his flavor on the track leaving listeners with food for thought when he proclaimed, “The box you tried to throw me in don’t fit me no more, no/ Creative spirit talkin‘…

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Also, there are two versions of Black Qualls: The album version featuring Childish Gambino & the single version without Gambino. Either way the record is dope and Childish Gambino does add to the track with his fervid yet cozy vocals singing effortlessly over the mellow funk composition.

Stream “Thundercat – Black Qualls” from his new album It Is What It Is.

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