Thundercat – It Is What It Is (2020) (Clear Vinyl/140G/6Mm Spined Gatefold Sleeve/Gold Foil)
It Is What It Is is the fourth studio album by American musician Thundercat, released through Brainfeeder on April 3, 2020. It was preceded by five singles: “King of the Hill,” which was released as a single from the label’s compilation album Brainfeeder X in 2018, and “Black Qualls,” “Dragonball Durag,” “Fair Chance,” and “Innerstellar Love,” the latter four being released in 2020. The track “Unrequited Love” had previously been used in an episode of the anime Carole & Tuesday in 2019. The album was executive produced by Thundercat and Flying Lotus, and features guest appearances from Louis Cole, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Childish Gambino, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, BadBadNotGood, and Zack Fox.
It Is What It Is received critical acclaim, with critics praising Thundercat’s typical sense of humor in his lyrics and bass playing, as well as Thundercat’s way of expressing emotions, particularly his grief over the loss of long-time close friend and collaborator Mac Miller, which feeds into many of the musical and lyrical elements of the album. The title track of the album contains a vocal sample from the late Miller; Thundercat also dedicated the album in his memory.
140g clear vinyl LP housed in a 6mm spined gatefold sleeve with gold foil detail and OBI strip. Photography by Eddie Alcazar.
- Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
- Innerstellar Love
- I Love Louis Cole (feat. Louis Cole)
- Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino)
- Miguel’s Happy Dance
- How Sway
- Funny Thing
- Overseas (feat. Zack Fox)
- Dragonball Durag
- How I Feel
- King Of The Hill
- Unrequited Love
- Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
- Existential Dread
- It Is What It Is