For anyone who grew up in the 80’s and had even the slightest affinity for Saturday morning cartoons, the name Thundercats, would bring about memories of the ultimate fight between good and evil as Lion-O the leader and lord of the Thundercats, battles the chief villain and antagonist of the ThunderCats, the demon-priest Mumm-Ra!! Despite the rudimentary animation, the show was a hit to a group of 10-year-old boys.
Today, in the music world, the name Thundercat, brings about even a greater sense of greatness and wonder, as his work has proven to have a powerful impact on some of hip hop’s most critical acclaimed artist. Los Angeles based multi-genre bass player, producer, guitarist, keyboardist and singer, Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, musical talent was exceptional at even age. By the time he was 15, he had already found himself becoming a minor hit in Germany as a member of the boy band, No Curfew. Within a year of leaving the boy band, Thundercat, joined his brother Ronald Jr. as a member of the Los Angeles metal band Suicidal Tendencies, which amassed a dedicated North American following.
In addition to playing bass with Suicidal Tendencies, Thundercat, also filled his time as a session musician, and quickly gained notoriety, with his work on Erykah Badu’s, New Amerykah (2008) and Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma (2010), Until the Quiet Comes (2012) and You’re Dead! (2014). Thundercat also released two solo albums in the course of his work with other artist, The Golden Age of Apocalypse (2011) and Apocalypse (2013).
Last year, the talents of Thundercat was put on the grand stage as he was described as being major contributor to and “at the creative epicenter” of Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly. Since the release of the album, Thundercat has been showcased as a talent to be both seen and heard, and his latest EP titled “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam” has often been referred to as a “spellbinding, 16-minute, six-track sequence”.
Thundercat is not and artist to be slept on, and I encourage you to make the most out of your Friday and get in the know.
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