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by Musiq

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Like fellow Philadelphian Jill Scott and New York City girl Alicia Keys, Musiq shows a tremendous affinity for the classic soul of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Unlike his peers, however, the artist formerly known as Musiq Soulchild also enjoysSee more details below


Like fellow Philadelphian Jill Scott and New York City girl Alicia Keys, Musiq shows a tremendous affinity for the classic soul of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Unlike his peers, however, the artist formerly known as Musiq Soulchild also enjoys playing with words: After titling his first two albums Ajuswanaseing and Juslisen, respectively, he's dubbed his third disc Soulstar. Gimmickry aside, however, the soul star's graceful tenor is in fine voice on his latest release, and its classic R&B-inspired grooves are sure to set the mood for many a downtown Brooklyn house party. At 15 songs, however, the disc is a bit overstuffed -- tracks such as the clichéd "Babymother" and admirable-yet-underwhelming reggae-tinged cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" (of course, here it's titled "Missyou") could have been cut. Even so, Musiq shines on the bulk of the album. Highlights include the disco-inspired lead single "Forthenight," the string-laden title track, and the Roy Ayers–esque "Momentinlife," featuring husband-and-wife duo Kindred and eccentric rapper Cee-Lo. Although he still has miles to go before he's as prolific as Mr. Wonder or as singular a voice as his fearless peer Bilal (with whom Musiq duets on "Dontstop"), Musiq shows artistic growth with each effort. And for that, he truly is a rising Soulstar.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Not a whole lot has changed in Musiq's world since releasing his second album in 2002 -- if this really isn't the case, you wouldn't know it from Soulstar. He's still following in the tradition of his '70s-era idols, he's still taking liberties with the compoundwords for his song titles, and he's still making modern soul that's equally classy and absorbing. Though the steady development of Musiq's songwriting and vocal skills is a major draw as ever, his greatest charm is that he never puts on airs -- he never hides behind a persona or affectations, which gives him a sense of intimacy that many of his contemporaries lack. Perhaps that's the greatest lesson he has learned from those who paved the road he rolls down. At just over 70 minutes, Soulstar is another unnecessarily lengthy listen, but there's a great deal of depth beyond the big single picks. Sweet and laid-back from start to finish, the only bona fide boner is a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You," which is detrimental to the album's flow (even if you've never heard the original). Otherwise, this is one of the finest contemporary R&B releases of 2003, with both style and substance in good supply.
Vibe - Jason King
A remarkably self-assured album, Soulstar is brimming with positive affirmations.
Blender - Nelson George
One of the best R&B records of the year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Def Jam


  1. Soulstar  - DJ Aktive
  2. Youloveme  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  3. Womanopoly  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  4. Forthenight  -  AAries
  5. Infatueighties  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  6. Whoknows  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  7. Babymother  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  8. Missyou  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  9. Moment in Life  -  Kindred the Family Soul
  10. Thereason  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  11. Dontstop  -  Bilal
  12. Her  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  13. Whereareyougoing  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  14. Romancipation  - Musiq (Soulchild)
  15. Givemorelove/Leaveamessage  - Musiq (Soulchild)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Musiq   Primary Artist
Bootsy Collins   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
John Lawson   Drums
James Poyser   Drums
Kenny Lattimore   Background Vocals
Dawn Robinson   Background Vocals
Ora   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Cee Lo Green   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Levar "Lil' Tone" Wilson   Background Vocals
April Williams   Background Vocals
Algebra Blessett   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Thaddeus T. Tribbett   Bass
Torrie   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Musiq (Soulchild)   Vocals,Background Vocals,Indexed Contributor
Vikter Duplaix   Percussion
Pops   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Andre   Voices
John Roberts   Percussion,Drums
Kindred the Family Soul   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
AAries   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Multi Instruments
Junius Bervine   Multi Instruments
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Matt Cappy   Trumpet
Troy Corbin   Background Vocals
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Background Vocals,Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Carol Riddick   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rick Tate   Saxophone
Timothy Hicks   Background Vocals
Nicole Guiland   Background Vocals
Andre Dandridge   Telephone Voice
DJ Aktive   scratching,Guest Appearance
Erickache   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Theodore Gilbert   Bass
Ben ONeill   Guitar
Bilal Oliver   Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice,Guest Appearance
Olezski   fender rhodes
Muriyd   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Organ,Keyboards
Franky "Vegas" Romano   Bass,Guitar,Sitar,Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Andre   Track Performer
Chad   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Charnee   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Maurice "DJ Aktive" "The Scratchologist" Deloach   scratching
Dox   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Heather   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Kindred   Vocals,Background Vocals
Moms   Voices,Track Performer,Telephone Voice
Ben "Benanas" O'Neill   Guitar
James "Jayshawn" Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Tom Scott   Composer
Larry Graham   Composer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Keith Richards   Composer
Francesco Romano   Composer
C-Lo   Composer
UE Nastasi   Mastering
Cee Lo Green   Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Liles   Executive Producer
Deidre Graham   Marketing
88-Keys   Producer
Dexter Story   Marketing
M.A.D.   Composer,Producer
Musiq (Soulchild)   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Vikter Duplaix   Producer
John Hanes   Digital Editing
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Junius Bervine   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Akisia Grigsby   Art Direction
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Jerome Hipps   Executive Producer
Michael McArthur   Executive Producer
Eric Weissman   Sample Clearance
Andre Dandridge   Engineer
Gutta Fam   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Bilal Oliver   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Franky "Vegas" Romano   Arranger
Frank "Mumbles" Sullen   Engineer
Heiku   Producer

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