When: Sat., Dec. 26, 7 p.m. 2015
When Chance the Rapper performed “Sunday Candy” on Saturday Night Live he pointed to where his younger brother was sitting in the stands while delivering a line about his grandma: “Only ones she love as much as me is Jesus Christ and Taylor.” Chance and Taylor Bennett have largely kept out of each others’ work, which grants Taylor autonomy to find his way and develop on his own. His new Broad Shoulders (Tay Bennett Entertainment/Upnorth Music) boasts an inviting and stylistically rich low-key aesthetic that molds R&B with eclectic downtempo dance—and polishes the result down to its skeleton. Taylor can rap with an instrumental like he’s racing in the Indianapolis 500, but on Broad Shoulders he exerts more control and frequently slows his flow to a croon. At his best Taylor performs with an ease that matches his sensual, breezy instrumentals, and his performances evoke a worldliness beyond his years. On the title track he gently raps over an elegiac piano melody while gazing into the future to consider his changing relationships with his brother and his new niece (Chance became a father just a few months ago). Chance shows up on “Broad Shoulders,” appropriate given the subject matter, though Taylor could’ve handled it on his own—because the talent is all in the family.