“[His] commitment to fusing jazz and hip-hop aligns him with the likes of Robert Glasper, but with a bit of syncopated J Dilla-electro flair.”
“He’s the sort of musician who can work with Geri Allen and Das Racist in the same week, and do it well.”
Acclaimed NYC-based drummer and rapper Kassa Overall’s forthcoming debut release, The Blue Album, showcases his dazzling musical breadth and features contributions from some of the finest names in jazz including Roy Hargrove, Jon Batiste, Aaron Parks, Sullivan Fortner, Carmen Lundy, and Theo Croker. This project features Overall in a number of roles, including drummer, producer, and vocalist.
In April 2018, Overall released the Drake-inspired EP Drake it Till You Make It, which premiered on Okayplayer. “[His] commitment to fusing jazz and hip-hop aligns him with the likes of Robert Glasper, but with a bit of syncopated J Dilla-electro flair,” wrote Okayplayer. Overall himself described the effort as geared towards “thinking listeners who feel conflicted about loving Drake but also need something with sonic depth and creativity.”
These releases reflect his wide-ranging talents; while percussion is his main focus, Overall has a passion for electronic-based production and often incorporates the use of laptops and samplers into his music. He’s performed with a formidable list of artists, including Christian McBride, Donald Byrd, Vijay Iyer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Francis & the Lights, Arto Lindsay, Yoko Ono, Marc Ribot, Mayer Hawthorne, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Bartz, and many more. He spent several years as a key member of pianist Geri Allen’s Timeline band and appears regularly with trumpeter Theo Croker and singer Carmen Lundy. As a rapper and producer, Overall has collaborated with Brooklyn-based hip-hop outfit Das Racist, and is a member of the duo Kool & Kass with former Das Racist member Kool A.D. He also DJs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s house band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human.