Neo Soul

25 05 2008

Goosh, its been quite a while since my last post here. This is probably due to a lack of inspiration, and my every minute being filled with things for graduation.

But here I am, today, to write about a “new” genre of music.
Buddy Remix – Musiq Soulchild ft. Ja Rule and Fat Joe

Yesterday I realized that I had always classified these artists as “Hip-Hop/R&B” in my mind, when really they were breaking the mold of this genre in alot of ways. The hints of jazz and soul are what drew me to each song, and so I got on the internet to try and define these artists in a better way.

Neo Soul is the genre I found.
First coined by Kedar Massenburg of Motown Records, Neo Soul is defined as an umbrella term for current soul music. The music is usually a hybrid of 1970s-influenced soul music with influences from jazz, funk, hip hop and house music [WIkipedia].

Some of the most prominent artists in the Neo Soul genre are:

Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Fav Songs: “Insomnia” “Rightness” “The Real Thing” “Only You”
Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu

Fav Songs: “Apple Tree” “Didn’t Cha Know” “Ye Yo”
Musiq Soulchild

Musiq Souldchild

Fav Songs: “Buddy”
Sunshine Anderson

Sunshine Anderson

Fav Songs: “Heard It All Before” “Something I Wanna Give You”
Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Fav Songs: “Every Ghetto, Every City” “That Thing” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”
Lyfe Jennings
Lyfe Jennings

Macy Gray

Macy Gray

Fav Songs: “I Try” “Gimme’ All Your Lovin’ Or I Will Kill You”
D’Angelo

D'Angelo

Lately I’ve been basking in the glow of these artists. I have to say that Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Sunshine Anderson speak to me the most, mostly because I find that I can get lost in their melodies and the beats that they use in each song. Also because they are women and the messages that they send through their art are universal and speak to me on more levels then just the sound waves.

Does anyone else listen to any of these artists?
Some of these? One of these?
I like connecting with people, so let me know what you all think.

-rena

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