Robert Glasper sounds none the worse for wear after two consecutive days of working into the wee hours shooting his first music video and doing press interviews. In fact, between jokes he's also channeling his inner Quincy Jones.

"I'm all about taking the best from different genres and different walks of life and putting them together in a really cool way," he says. "Quincy Jones did it in 1989. Now I feel like I'm doing it in my time period. This is my 'Back on the Block,' if you will."

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