Here’s something you probably never thought you would read: Bill Cosby has made a hip-hop album. Here’s something else you probably never thought you would read: Appearing on said hip-hop album will be the likes of Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, William Patterson, and the late Miles Davis.
Yes, this is indeed what will be happening when the legendary comedian drops Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency, a 14-track effort designed to bring awareness and social consciousness to troubling issues in hip-hop culture.
But don’t worry, the 72-year-old Cosby won’t actually be dishing out the rhymes. Instead, he served as a producer and co-writer, leaving the rapping to the aforementioned list of high-profile guests. What’s more, longtime musical colleague William “Spaceman” Patterson and Patterson’s partner, Ced-Gee, co-founder of the hip-hop group Ultramagnetic MCs, also served as collaborators.
“I don’t like referring to the music as clean,” Cosby said of the album in an interview with The Boom Box. “What I like is what you’re not going to do. You’re not going to curse. You’re not going to put women down. You’re not going to put the glory of the gun somewhere. And you’re not going to put a whole lot of violence up front like that’s the thing that will cleanse you and make you feel better.”
State of Emergency will be released digitally on October 20th and physically on November 24th (via Avery Ennis LLC). However, right this very second, you can stream the album in its entirety at billcosby.com. As for a live performance? Well, on October 19th, Cosby’s Cosnarati Band will perform songs from the album during a virtual town hall meeting in New York.