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Thundercat announces new album with Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington collaboration "Black Qualls"

15 January 2020, 18:30 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Thundercat is back with details of his new LP It Is What It Is, as well as sharing a fresh Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington collaboration, "Black Qualls", as the lead single.

"Black Qualls" sees Thundercat recruit Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington, and the album version of the same track will also feature Childish Gambino.

His new single follows on from 2018's BADBADNOTGOOD and Flying Lotus collaboration "King of the Hill".

Thundercat's It Is What It Is album is co-produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat, and features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, Louis Cole, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, and more.

The new record will follow on from Thundercat's 2017 LP Drunk.

Stephen Lee Bruner, aka Thundercat, says of the new record, "This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be understood."


  1. Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. Innerstellar Love
  3. I Love Louis Cole (feat. Louis Cole)
  4. Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino)
  5. Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. How Sway
  7. Funny Thing
  8. Overseas (feat. Zack Fox)
  9. Dragonball Durag
  10. How I Feel
  11. King Of The Hill
  12. Unrequited Love
  13. Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
  14. Existential Dread
  15. It Is What It Is
"Black Qualls" is out now. Thundercat's It Is What It Is album drops via Brainfeeder Records on 3 April, and is available to pre-order now. Thundercat plays London's Roundhouse on 9 April. Find out more.
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