My Ode to Neo-soul

7 Aug

If rap music was a man, he would be the cocky, flashy, guy who get’s all the attention, basically the life of the party. Rock music would be the heavily tattooed, chain smoking sex god. Soul music would be the cute but shy guy sitting in the corner having a deep meaningful conversation. This guy mostly goes unnoticed but if you’re looking for love advice or some wise words he would be your first port of call. Imagine soul music as that old wise uncle who always knows the smoothest lines. Now neo-soul would be the youngster who has had his uncle’s knowledge passed down to him and he’s put his own spin on everything he’s learnt. So basically, although soul music doesn’t get the same amount of attention as its louder counterparts, it is still a powerful inspirational part of music.Soul music has an incredible legacy, the likes of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin are just a few of soul’s greats. When I say Neo-soul I’m talking about the new school of soul music, which saw a rise in the mid 90s. The fusion of soul and contemporary is Neo soul. When I think of this genre, 3 names come to mind Maxwell, D’Angelo and of couse Erykah Badu. These artists and their albums Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, Brown Sugar and Baduizm changed the game. Now I tend to be all over the place when it comes to music but my love and respect for soul music will always remain and will probably continue to grow. Last week I watched Maxwell on VH1 Storytellers and I marvelled at his talent and passion as well as the fact that his music is timeless. For him it’s not about the trend or the “in thing” he just makes music from the soul. His performance got me thinking about soul music, it’s beauty it’s growth and it’s depth.  So with this in mind, today’s post is dedicated to Neo Soul and these are some of my favourite songs artists.

1. MAXWELL

 

 

 

 

2. ERYKAH BADU

 

 

 

3. LAURYN HILL

 

4. D’ANGELO

 

 

 

 

5. JILL SCOTT

 

 

6. MUSIQ

 

7. FLOETRY

 

 

 

 

8. HEATHER HEADLEY

 

 

 

9. BILAL

 

 

 

10. ANTHONY HAMILTON

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8 Responses to “My Ode to Neo-soul”

  1. Enjay August 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Pretty Wings – best track ever!

    • msviolately August 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      i personally think Fistful of Tears is better

  2. Enjay August 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Listening to it..lets agree to disagree..Fortunate and This Woman’s Work complete my top 3

    • msviolately August 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

      look out for my Maxwell post..coming soon

  3. Enjay August 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Isn’t India Arie neo-soul..? Her Chocolate High with Musiq Soulchild is a classic

    • msviolately August 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

      oh yes that is SUCH an awesome track listening to it now..u have great taste 🙂

  4. Jackie August 12, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    Hey! You missed Raphael Saadiq! He is amazing! Thanks for the nice post.

    • msviolately August 12, 2011 at 9:50 am #

      you are so right..i thought about him after i had finished my post. I especially love 100 yard dash. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

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