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Thundercat began playing the bass at an early age. He joined his brother Ronald Jr. as a member of the Los Angeles metal band Suicidal Tendencies.
As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities – ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotus’ 2010 LP ‘Cosmogramma’ on the track ‘MmmHmm.’ Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse,’ co-produced by Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of song writing and artistic exploration.
“Is Thundercat’s ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’ on Brainfeeder the most essential bass player’s album since Jaco Pastorius’ ‘Jaco?” – Gilles Peterson