Whether you've been listening to Thundercat for years or just now hearing his name mentioned alongside Kendrick Lamar's, there is an undeniable mystique about this bassist / singer virtuoso. Born Stephen Bruner in Los Angeles, Thundercat is currently making serious waves in the worlds of hip hop, jazz, R&B, and funk.

While some of his earlier material comes with the jazz group The Young Jazz Giants, Thundercat has been working with the likes of Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Terrace Martin, Mac Miller, and more over the past decade. In addition to collaborating with those artists, he also makes critically acclaimed music under his own moniker.

Most recently Thundercat released The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam, a mini-LP peppered with special guests including jazz players like Kamasi Washington and Herbie Hancock, but also forward-thinking hip hop producers like Flying Lotus and Mono/poly. While Thundercat is bridging the gap between modern jazz and hip hop, we've decided it's a good time to highlight some essential listening from his output.