Congratulations to Meshell Ndegeocello for an incredibly deserved Grammy win for Best R&B song Better Than I Imagined — Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, Songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello).
Rolling Stone described the track, which also features spoken word contributions from Meshell, as an “ode to black love.” When discussing the meaning behind the song, Robert Glasper stated “Black lives matter and so does black love; no one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven’t had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships.” He continued “It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we’re going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships — how we communicate, how we see ourselves, how we treat each other. It’s not always good, even though maybe it could be.”
“Better Than I Imagined,” will be featured on Glasper’s 2021 LP Black Radio 3.