Musiq Soulchild “B.U.D.D.Y.” You Are the Fanzyflaminfro Neo-Soul Artist of the Week!!!

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Musiq Soulchild or Musiq (/ˈmjuːsɪk/) was born Taalib Johnson on September 16, 1977; in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he grew up in a strict Muslim household and is the oldest of nine children.


At an early age, Musiq left home and dropped out of school at the age of 17. It was during that time Musiq started to build a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MC’s, free styling on the open mic circuit, scatting at a jazz club, or just performing a cappella in the streets of Philadelphia, which is where he got the name “Musiq” and later added “Soulchild”, which is intended to respect and represent the legacy and traditions of past soul artists.


He cites as his inspiration such icons as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Patti LaBelle, Billie Holiday, Sly & the Family Stone and Ray Charles.

Musiq Soulchild is now an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter whose style blends contemporary R&B, soul, funk, alternative, blues, jazz, some gospel influences and hip hop.

He has had 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums and 7 hit singles. He has received awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train. He has also earned award nominations from MTV, the American Music Awards, the NAACP, and 11 Grammy nominations, including 3 for his 2007 album Luvanmusiq.


Musiq Soulchild released his debut album, Aijuswanaseing, in 2000. Its lead single was “Just Friends (Sunny)”. Musiq’s second single “Love” spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Musiq’s second album, 2002’s Juslisen, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum. The singles were “Halfcrazy” and “Dontchange”.

In 2003, Musiq released his third album, Soulstar. It included the singles “Forthenight” and “Whoknows”.


Musiq took a four-year break and changed his management to Solqi Management, as well as his record label from Def Soul to Atlantic Records.

In March 2007, Musiq’s released his fourth album Luvanmusiq. Its singles were “B.U.D.D.Y.”, “Teachme”, and “Makeyouhappy”.

His fifth album OnMyRadio was released on December 2, 2008. The lead single “Radio” was a complete contrast to the usual smooth soul and R&B Musiq fans were accustomed to.


The following singles were the duet IfULeave featuring Mary J. Blige; and the ballad SoBeautiful. “SoBeautiful” marked the first collaboration between Musiq and the producer JR Hutson, after Hutson had spent “about eight months” trying to get Musiq to come by his studio.

In May 2010, he changed management to Victor Grieg. His latest album Musiqinthemajiq was released on May 3, 2011, available on CDs and also as a digital download. The first single was “Anything” featuring Swizz Beatz, followed by “Yes”.

In September 2013 he released a duet album with Syleena Johnson entitled 9ine. This album was a compilation of nine reggae songs recorded in nine days. Also in September 2013, Musiq Soulchild announced his departure from Atlantic Records and becoming an independent artist.


He revealed he is now signed to record producer Warryn Campbell‘s label My Block Records. Musiq previously worked with Campbell on his first two albums on Atlantic – 2007’s Luvanmusiq and 2008’s OnMyRadio.

Other than doing his own music; Musiq has appeared on numerous artist tracts; for instance; Musiq Soulchild was featured on “Nothing at All” from Carlos Santana‘s album, Shaman. He has also made guest appearances on rapper Lloyd Banks‘s album Rotten Apple, Skillz‘s I Ain’t Mad No More, Talib Kweli‘s Eardrum, The Roots‘s Phrenology, Black Ice’s The Death of Willie Lynch. He performed “Reasons” on the tribute album Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire and “Are You Experienced?” on Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Soulchild has also appeared on the soundtrack to Tyler Perry‘s movie Daddy’s Little Girls and performed with Ice Cube on his 2008 album, Raw Footage. He also lent a song from his latest album Luvanmusiq to the soundtrack for Perry’s later movie Why Did I Get Married?. He then recorded a remake of Arrested Development‘s song “People Everyday” with British rapper/singer Estelle for the soundtrack to Tyler Perry‘s Meet the Browns entitled “People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)”.


Outside of music period, Musiq has been featured in television and print ads for McDonald’s, Nike, Inc., Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss & Co. and The Gap. He made a special appearance on The CW‘s #1 comedy The Game on Monday, October 29, 2007, as well as the UPN sitcom All of Us. On June 25, 2012, Musiq released a book on love and relationships titled “143 – Love According To Musiq”.

He has received awards from Billboard, BET, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, BMI, and Soul Train. Musiq has also been nominated for awards by MTV, The American Music Awards, the NAACP, and has had 11 Grammy nominations.


Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2002 Love Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2003 Halfcrazy Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Juslisen Best R&B Album Nominated
2004 Forthenight Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated
2005 “Are You Experienced?” Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated
2008 B.U.D.D.Y. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Luvanmusiq Best R&B Album Nominated
2010 SoBeautiful Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
IfULeave” (feat. Mary J. Blige) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
Chocolate High” (with India.Arie) Nominated
2011 “We’re Still Friends” Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated


Music, Music, Music; well what’s going on in Musiq’s personal life? And why does he always wear shades……………

Well Fanzyflaminfro has a little scoop for you!!!!


Musiq’s personal life was put on display by his x-girlfriend and sons mother when she joined the cast on the reality show; R&B Divas Atlanta. Her name is Kameelah Williams (of 702) you know (702) from back in the day; if you don’t remember here is a video clip….


But anyway they began dating a while ago and welcomed the birth of their son Zac Johnson on March 30, 2009. It was stated that she was the inspiration for his song “SoBeautiful”. Well, I guess she’s still beautiful but the relationship has changed because now based on the reality show R&B Divas Atlanta; they are not together but living together; if that makes sense. I wish them the best and hope that they mend their relationship.

Now on these shades………………


The musician is almost always seen wearing sunglasses. One of his eyes is not normally positioned, possibly deemed exotropia. He admitted in an interview that at the age of two his uncle accidentally stabbed his eye with a fork. OMG! If I was his mother; I would have went bananas….. You’ve messed my son eye up for life; over what? Some Horse-Play!

But guess what; that did hold Musiq back because he’s had more hits than Ozzie Smith; only his was not in baseball; that’s why Musiq SoulChild, you are the Fanzyflaminfro Neo-Soul Artist of the week!

Oh and y’all know I had to do it; I had to post the vidoe lyrics of “SoBeautiful”.

This song is the all that and I heard that Musiq; SAAAAANG TO YOUR LADY!!!!! This my skate jam; y’all! I’M ROLL BOUNCING RIGHT NOW!!!!


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