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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: Simple Things (Single)

1. Simple Things

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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: I Do (Single)

1. I Do

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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: Anything (Radio Single)

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Track List: IfULeave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Single)

1. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Maurice's Edit)

2. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Mig Vs Rizzo Edit)

3. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Matthias Heilbronn Edit)

4. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Maurice's Divorce Mix)

5. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Mig Vs Rizzo Club Mix)

6. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Matthias Heilbronn Club Mix)

7. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Maurice's Nu Latin Mix)

8. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Mp Remix)

9. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Matthias Heilbronn Beats)

10. Ifuleave (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Matthias Heilbronn Acapella)

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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: Buddy (Radio Single)

1. Buddy

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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: Aijuswanaseing (Special Edition)

Disc 1

1. Scratch Introlude

2. Girl Next Door

3. You And Me

4. Just Friends

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

Disc 2

1. Just Friends (Sunny) (Masters At Work 12" Mix)

2. Just Friends (Sunny) (Masters At Work Dub)

3. Just Friends (Sunny) (Beat Box Mix)

4. Just Friends (Sunny) (E-Smoove's Soul Revival)

5. Love (Instrumental)

6. Aime Wit Ue

7. The Ingredients Of Love (Feat. Musiq)

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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: Yes (Radio Single)

1. Yes

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TeachMe HOW to LET GO!!!then... . . . . . . . L E T AN ALMIGHTY GOD!
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GREATEST NEO 2,DAY WORDUP!...
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Music makes the world go around. Love this song.
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The best song ever
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Love this to the atmost
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This song always sends love vibes through my veins!!
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Still strong
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Dedicated: To all those. Whom thought. Their secret -adimirer. Never even noticed that they were. An exception -to-a-rule. When NO RULES APPLIED!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Wish i could teach him cause he don't know how to love
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Music that soothes the soul , WOW good times
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Sex music Soulchild
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I can feel the music. I can also play a particular song to express exactly how I'm feeling to whomever wants to know what's in my heart or my mind! Good job! Ive been half crazy for a while now!!
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This song touches my heart
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This song is truly inspirationa l if your going through relationship problems this is a good conversation starter
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LOVE THIS song ❤
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My first love,said this was our song every time I hear it is think of him
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love this song
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So Smooth! Love It!
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Such a beautiful song ,
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Such a beautiful song
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My favorite song is don't change I Love it
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My husband and I danced to this song on our wedding day❤️❤️
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See you Feb.10 for the NuSoul concert. Thanks for coming to Nashville
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I'll see you in March for the NuSoul Revival Concert!!!!! :)
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My Favorite Song !!!! Dontchange
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Musiq Soulchild got soul no doubt bout it
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So they say. But I ain't never been that dam crazy
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