Adam Blackstone has had a busy year. The bassist from New Jersey, who has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Janet Jackson, released his debut album Legacy in 2022, which has already earned him a Grammy nomination for "Round Midnight" featuring Jazmine Sullivan and made President Obama's list of top songs of the year.
Blackstone has also been busy co-music directing the highly anticipated Super Bowl 57 halftime show with Omar Edwards, which will feature a performance from Rihanna, her first in five years. In addition to music directing major events like the Super Bowl, Emmys, and NBA All-Star Game, Blackstone has also been touring with the Legacy Experience, a live show where he and his band perform songs from the album and invite special guests like Dr.
Dre, Justin Timberlake, and New Edition to join in on jam sessions. The Legacy Experience has already visited major cities across the US, and Blackstone plans to take things "a little bit bigger" in 2023 and beyond. "Rihanna knows that her career has expanded different sonic palettes, from EDM to pop to hardcore hip-hop to ballads," Blackstone said in a recent interview.
"We're coming up with the setlist together because everybody who is a Rihanna fan has their different moments of who Rihanna is to them, and what each song means to them as well. We want to try to give a little bit to everybody."
Releasing his music
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Adam Blackstone described the feeling of releasing his music under his own name as "a whole new area of life." He shared, "I got to tell you, I see it today.
I don’t mind saying this, I just voted for myself on the Grammys. Even just seeing my name, man … being on Jimmy Fallon a couple weeks ago, and being on the Good Day morning show … I’ve done those shows for 15 years, but never as myself.
When Erykah Badu said, “Keep in mind I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit,” that rings so crazy true to me right now, because I always overcared, but I was caring for somebody else’s baby