Musiq, the artist formerly known as Musiq Soulchild, returns May 7 with his sophomore Def Soul album, "Juslisen." The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Aijuswanaseing," which peaked at No. 4 on Billboar
Musiq, the artist formerly known as Musiq Soulchild, returns May 7 with his sophomore Def Soul album, "Juslisen." The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Aijuswanaseing," which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and featured the top-30 R&B/hip-hop singles "Just Friends (Sunny)," "Love," and "Girl Next Door." First single "halfcrazy" is No. 19 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart this week.
Musiq (real name: Talib Johnson) tells Billboard that many songs on the 18-track album, including "halfcrazy," are based on personal experiences. "It stems from a true story," Musiq says of the single. "The song itself is not how the story goes, but, like most of my songs, it stems from something that I've been through. We chose that as the single because it cuts through everything that's going on right now in the category that I'm in musically. It's just an alternative way of listening to the same type of music."
And while Musiq and his writing partner Carvin Haggins wrote the majority of the tracks on album, "Juslisen" also features a cover of the George Harrison-penned Beatles classic "Something." The idea was suggested by Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles. "I didn't know why until I heard about George Harrison's passing. After I recorded it, I was surprised, not because I thought I wouldn't like it, but because I surprised myself."
"I wanted to do it the way that the Beatles did it, but I'm not in that space yet," Musiq continues. "So I had to translate it into the space that I'm in right now. The space that I'm in is a house that was built by Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Otis Redding, Bobby Womack, George Clinton, and Donny Hathaway, so I had to use formulas relative to those artists."
As previously reported, Musiq will join such acts as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, the Roots, P. Diddy, and Fat Joe tonight (April 9) for the UrbanAID2 benefit at New York's Beacon Theatre.