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Musiq Soulchild

Musiq Soulchild was among a crop of R&B artists who arrived during the 2000s with no debt to the flashy and sexually aggressive sounds that prevailed throughout the preceding decade. The Philadelphian, born Taalib Johnson, grew up in a household that provided him with an education in '70s soul. Additionally inspired by the contemporary likes of D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, he applied his musical upbringing to a love for noncommercial hip-hop and refined his romantic and affable everyman style across a string of six major-label albums, four of which went either gold or platinum in the U.S. One of steadiest singers and songwriters in his field, he earned 11 Grammy nominations evenly spread across a decade. During the 2010s, he stretched out stylistically and went independent without wavering from his soul base.

As a fledgling young artist who, at first, did not intend to enter the music industry, Johnson performed wherever he could, including the streets, at schools, and even in galleries. He honed his stagecraft at open-mike events and at showcases hosted by the Five Spot and Wilhemina's until his management team, Jerome Hipps and Michael McArthur (aka Mama's Boys), facilitated a deal with Def Jam's Def Soul subsidiary. Johnson debuted in 2000 with "Just Friends (Sunny)," which first appeared on the soundtrack for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. The song hit the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart that September, reached number six, and was featured on Aijuswanaseing, an album released two months later. Recorded mostly at DJ Jazzy Jeff's hometown A Touch of Jazz studio, Aijuswanaseing also contained "Love," a number two R&B hit that made impact in December. Written with Carvin Haggins and Andre Harris, and produced by Harris and Vidal Davis, it helped the album reach platinum status and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Juslisen, Johnson's second album -- credited to simply Musiq -- followed in May 2002 with creative improvements that resulted in even greater success. It debuted at number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts, and it also produced a pair of Top Ten R&B singles. The following December brought Soulstar, which eventually went gold but ended his run with Def Soul. Johnson moved to Atlantic -- as part of a unique industry maneuver, he was traded for rapper Fabolous -- and was as productive, if not quite as popular, with that label. Luvanmusiq (March 2007), OnMyRadio (December 2008), and MusiqintheMagiq (May 2011) all offered slight refinements of Johnson's mature sound and either topped or came close to topping the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. While his albums largely retained a laid-back, ballad-oriented sound, two of this period's biggest hits, "B.U.D.D.Y." and "Anything," were uptempo club numbers that sampled post-disco hits from 1981: Taana Gardner's "Heartbeat" and Central Line's "Walking into Sunshine," respectively.

Johnson then said goodbye to the major-label system. The singer teamed up with Syleena Johnson and producer Kemar McGregor for 9ine, a set of nine contemporary reggae duets recorded during nine days. It was released in September 2013 on the independent Shanachie label. Signed to My Block, the eOne-supported label operated by previous collaborator Warryn Campbell, Johnson released his seventh proper album, Life on Earth, in April 2016. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Musiqinthemagiq

2. Single

3. Sayido

4. Lovecontract

5. Silver & Gold

6. Waitingstill

7. Backtowhere

8. Dowehaveto

9. Befriends

10. Yes

11. Medicine

12. Likethesun

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Track List: Onmyradio

1. Back Again

2. Until

3. If U Leave

4. Deserve U More

5. Special

6. Dear John

7. Love Of My Life

8. Money Right

9. Someone

10. I Wanna Be

11. So Beautiful

12. Radio

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Track List: Luvanmusiq

1. B.U.D.D.Y.

2. Ms. Philadelphia

3. Teachme

4. Betterman

5. Thequestions

6. Today

7. Makeyouhappy

8. Ridiculous

9. Millionaire

10. Takeyouthere

11. Lullaby

12. Greatestlove

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Track List: Juslisen (Just Listen)

1. Scratch Introlude

2. Newness

3. Caughtup

4. Stoplayin

5. Religious

6. Babygirl

7. Halfcrazy

8. Time

9. Future

10. Intermission: Juslisen

11. Realove

12. Onenight

13. Previouscats

14. Solong

15. Bestfriend

16. Dontchange

17. Motherfather

18. Something

19. Ifiwouldaknew (Girlnextdoor Remix)

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Track List: Aijuswanaseing

1. Scratch Introlude

2. Girl Next Door

3. You And Me

4. Just Friends (Sunny)

5. Mary Go Round

6. 143

7. Love

8. My Girl

9. Musiq Soulchild

10. Seventeen

11. L' Is Gone

12. Speechless

13. Poparatzi

14. Settle For My Love

15. You Be Alright

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Track List: Anything (Radio Single)

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Track List: Buddy [Radio Single]

1. Buddy

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Track List: I Do (Single)

1. I Do

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Track List: If U Leave (Remix Single)

1. Ifuleave (Mig Vs Rizzo Club Mix)

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Track List: Just Friends (Radio Single)

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Track List: Just Friends (Radio Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Life On Earth

1. Wait A Minute

2. Who Really Loves You

3. Heart Away

4. Loving You

5. I Do

6. Changed My Mind

7. Walk Away

8. Far Gone

9. Part Of Me

10. Alive And Well

11. The Girl

12. Life On Earth

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Track List: Yes (Radio Single)

1. Yes

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rhonda.gardn e r 2 1
I love u musiq
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❤❤❤❤❤❤
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I love this music ��
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Sometimes we need to be shown how to love huh
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Philly in the building
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U have some of the most beautiful lyrics ,ur songs r so touching ! U represent my home town, Philly, proudly! I wish u got more love n the industry ,u definitely deserve it ! Much love!
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Musiq...is so underated... . l o v e d him from the first time I ever heard him....
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Saw Musiq Soulchild last weekend in Washington. I just loved his performance and entire show. Love Love Love
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rhashenesalo n
Lol if I would a knew you could have just moved next door.lol
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Love his music and most assuredly love that ring on the cover of "I Do"... Not because it's a diamond... y'all stop trippin', but cuz if that is a real setting, I love it, one because it's blue and I've never seen a blue setting, which brings me to the second reason is that it is so damn unique!! I've never, ever seen one like it and probably never will see another one. I want to guess lapis lazuli which is a stone and would have to be carved or lazer cut even, I want to say... I don't eveeeen k
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Your voice.. God gave you an amazing voice and thank you for using it
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bbncc4
I love his music, it really takes you another place
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Absolutely makes my day to hear this song played by my husband!! Thank you for your amazing music
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I love luv love this song����...e v e r y t i m e I hear this it does something to me ��
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My song here
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LORD, so many people use your name in vain! LORD, those who have faith in you sometimes go a stray.LORD, thru all the ups and downs the joys and hurts. LORD, for better or worse, I still will choose you first.
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I like him
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He's a great singer
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Hi Sam I saw Tina today
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Hi. Hi say hi to your mother today I saw your mother today I saw at bowling today
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Burrrrriend line lines
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"TURTLE" USED TO SING THIS TO ME. RIP, I LOVE U TURT/MEDESS
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Neo-retro
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143 is my joint
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Jammin on my way to Ohio.
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Teach me how love!!!
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I'm in love with song. It's one of the most sensual, sweet, songs about "love". It makes me feel some kind of way ;)
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This song reminds me of me and my husband! Love this song! This song tells the truth!
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This one of the prettiest songs about love...agape love�� He shonuff puts it down in this song...shonu f f !
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I fell in love with this song instantly, when I first heard it, way back when.
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Love this song!!!
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If I woulda knew the girl next door......wh e n people see you and say You still look the same, I mean how am I suppose to look, lol.
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Yes
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kevin.r.shar p e r
This song asked me want to cry but from being happy to have had special people in my life
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Cause Loooove! So many people use your name in vain
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Loooooove this song!! Just does something to my soul
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This song is a original for the right couple
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The brother bring back the love we all need that now a days
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Beautiful in Jesus the Christ. DON'T let your troubles get so overwhelmed you can't handle it. Try Jesus. You can't handle your problems like he can. Love him for you in your own way. Make show you pour your heart in to the prayer and believe it will happen for you. Love is Jesus.
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choc_rock
Geez....this song is sooooo great. This artist do not get the accolades he deserve. Love his music.
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lizabdiaz
YEAH !!!YOU PROVE THE RUN AROUND SO CONTINUE TO WALK ON BY
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Love this song!!!!!! :)
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Love love this song like crazy!!!
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SIMPLY MARVELLOUS
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Love this song.... will never get old...
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This song crazy!!!
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