“You know when you die in Grand Theft Auto and you wake up at the hospital and you’re just kind of standing there trying to decide which way you’re going to move?” Thundercat asks, flopped over on a hotel bed in the Lower East Side. “I think a lot of this year has been that one moment.” It’s an unseasonably warm and damp February evening in pre-quarantined Manhattan when we meet to discuss his new album, It Is What It Is…

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