January 23, 2007
May 10, 2007
Hip Hop, Neo Soul, Soul
James Brown, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder
Def Jam Records
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** MUSIQ SOULCHILD BIO "The aim for this record," says Musiq Soulchild about "LUVANMUSIQ," his first album for Atlantic Records, "is basically to reintroduce myself." As if he really needs an introduction. Crafting ear-caressing tracks that blended old-school soul fervor with new-school hip-hop rhythms, he went on to sell three million albums in the U.S. alone, gathering a string of major awards in the process. It is Musiq's quiet devotion to his sonic impact as a musician that drives the man to want to re-introduce himself, to set up his return to the airwaves and the clubs as a new beginning of sorts, and not take for granted his status in the music industry. "I've been away for a little while," he says. "The industry's changed and so have I - personally, mentally, psychologically. I look at my previous three albums as grade school, middle school, and high school. Now with this new album, "LUVANMUSIQ," its like I'm going off to college." And college never sounded so good. If college is that place where you learn who you are and what you want to contribute to the world, "LUVANMUSIQ" is the album Musiq Soulchild was meant to make, crammed with full-bodied tracks that take soul music to the high level he has always reached for. From the funky, hip-hop-inflected, "Heartbeat"-throwback "Buddy," to the stunningly beautiful "Teach Me" and the Stevie Wonderesque "Questions," "LUVANMUSIQ" is a generous, open-armed declaration of heart and soul. It is a collection full of the musings of a man who appreciates the perks of maturity, and who doesn't have time for the child-like games and sounds that seem to define so much modern music. Check out "Buddy," featuring the MC-ing of one of the best singers that modern R&B has to offer. "I'm kind of easing my way into MC-ism, even though I've wanted to do it for a loooong time," says Musiq. "I hadn't really warmed up to it before because I respect the craft. It's not something you can just jump into and do. I love hip-hop, the idea of it. I love the culture of it, the basics and the foundation of it. And I want to contribute to that culture. Bit by bit, I'm doing my best to contribute to the culture because there's more to me musically than what has been put out there." There's more to Musiq on many, many levels. The Philly native, the oldest of nine kids (and the self-described "black sheep of the family"), found himself homeless after dropping out of high school at seventeen. Knowing what he knows now, he believes he could have handled things differently. "I could have used that forum to my advantage 'cause there were people whose job was to teach me," he says now. But at the time he just "felt patronized. When you're young, you just want what you want and you don't see better." Much to his parents' chagrin, he found himself working menial jobs and sleeping on friends' couches just to get by. But even when things were at their worst - when he couldn't find a friendly sofa, for instance, and found himself sleeping on the train or on a bench in the park - Musiq found a creative way to get himself through the hard times. But even at the worst of times, there was always music. He remembers playing dresser-piano and air guitar when he was a kid, and singing along to his father's Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway records before he really knew what they meant. But then he realized that "I can sing. I just looked at it as something I could do and something I wanted to get better at and something I could get attention from." "There were people who knew of me but didn't really know me; they just knew me as 'that music dude.' So after getting that so much, I was like 'Just call me Musiq.' It was so fresh to me because if I had to be called anything, I would have wanted to be called Music. That's how much I dug it; when you see me, I want you to automatically think of music." And the Soulchild? "Musiq Soulchild is technically two ideas. 'Musiq' is the front man and 'Soulchild' is the idea behind it. It's basically me as an artist in this generation, representing the traditions and the legacies of the past soul stars." Legacy: The best artists understand it, cherish it, revel in the possibilities of adding their own struggles and voice to the continuing legacy and love of music that defines what caresses the ears of the world. Musiq Soulchild - whose new CD contains lyrics that get right to the heart of that legacy ("Show me the way to surrender my heart... Teach me how to love") - understands that idea more than most. Music, for Musiq, is salvation, love, mystery, community, life. And he appreciates his position within it. And now, with "LUVANMUSIQ," the evolution continues...
October 27, 2008
Some people may prefer Georgia peaches to Philly cheesesteaks, but that’s not why Musiq Soulchild left his native Northeast hometown for the Down South music mecca that is Atlanta. GIANTmag.com recently caught up with Musiq at the “Soul Power” photo shoot to talk about his move to the ATL, his new album and more.
GIANT: Tell me about the new album.
Musiq Soulchild: The new album is supposed to come out November 25th. Actually, it was supposed to come out in September but I made some changes, brought some cameos… so I just want to make sure everything is correct. So, it should be out in November and it is titled OnMyRadio. The first single off of that album is entitled “Radio.” It kind of shocked a few people because of the sound. I guess people are not used it coming from me, but its nothing different from what T.I. or anyone else from the South has been doing for the last past five, six or seven years - that Atlanta, Southern 808s and high hats sound.