Why I refuse to support this “new” R&B by artist who’ve neo-SOULED Out | #BlackMessiah review

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I miss true Soul & R&B, when music was about LOVE, enlightenment & expressing the art of loving a woman.

Now she’s a hoe who aint loyal? Are you singing to women? Or trying to impress males? Because that’s ‪#‎Suspect‬ ‪#‎DownLowBehavior‬ What happened to Real Music?

I respect how 14 years after “Voodoo” D’angelo still creates rhythm art true to his Neo Soul roots. Unlike artist who’ve sold their neo-souls by making radio friendly, women bashing garbage.

By: Ebrahim Aseem Follow @fuel4thebody
Author of the book, “Why Men Cheat on Loyal Women”
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I’m tired of hearing, “Mustard on the beat hoe” as a preface slapped onto every R&B song that comes out, as much as DJ Mustard’s beats do indeed slap.

D’angelo’s Black Messiah breathes funk, jazz, hip-hop, & soul into the lifeless genre of R&B.

[The dance grooves]:

D’angelo’s raspy tone commands your head to nod to the toe-tapping rhythm, dripping in funk, as the album starts with a house music vibe on, “Ain’t That Easy“.

Betray My Heart” is a soul gem infused with jazz, pure Elevator-to-heaven music. This is a track you go to the beach & vibe to in the arms of the one you love after a long walk, full plate & your favorite bottle of wine.

Grab a dance partner & rock with “Charade“, until the lyrics imprint them self in the right side of your brain.

“All we wanted was a chance to talk,
‘stead we only got outlined in chalk.
Feet have bled a million miles we’ve walked,
revealing at the end of the dat, the charade.”
– D’angelo, #Charade

The two-step appeal “Sugah Daddy” has is as impeccable as the dance the horns & drums do on this soulful groove.

[The Vibe-able grooves]:

A plate of ribs, baked mac & cheese, greens & cornbread is the vibe “Really Love” “Prayer” and “Back to the Future (Part I)” serves you. These ballads set that perfect mood for bomb food & deep conversation on date night.

“I’m not an easy man, to overstand, you feel me.
But girl you’re patient with me.
Oh how I love the little things you do,
I’m in Really Love with you.” – D’angello #ReallyLove

If you squint your ears, D’angelo’s delivery on “Till It’s Done” is reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar’s on Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, as is the consciousness dripping from the lyrics. It is at that moment you realize the influence the Brown Sugar singer has had on various genres in the music game since his 1995 musical debut.

“Carbon pollution is heating up the air.
Do we really know? Do we even care?
Acid rain dripping on our trees & in our hair,
Are you there?” – D’angello #TillItsDone

On “1000 Deaths, a Jimi Hendrix inspired based line is accompanied by the following words,

“When I say Jesus, I’m not talking about some blond-haired, blue-eyed, pale-skinned…I’m talking about the Jesus of the bible with hair like lamb’s wool…”

I respect how D’angelo actually says the true ancient name of YHWH, instead of just the title “God” and pays homage to the Black messiah “Yeshua” who’s name & story has been graffiti’d with anglo characteristics.

When the original bible was translated to Greek, the Messiah’s name, “Yeshua” was translated to “Iesous”.
Then it was translated into Latin ” “Iesus”.
When tne letter “J” was invented in the 12th century, it was translated in English to “Jesus”.

“A coward dies a thousand times,
but a soldier only dies just once.” – D’angelo, #1000Deaths

D’angelo’s bravery to sing lyrics of consciousness in a time our country is fighting against all ISMs for it’s own integrity shows as an artist, he is a true solider on the battle field for peace, enlightenment & neo-soul.

This is the first R&B album I bought in 2014, and it will be the last.
I am tired of this new R&B with lyrics telling our women if they aren’t “Foreign” & light-skinned, with long hair & buns showing in every outfit they aren’t pretty. That’s not rhythm and blues, that’s hate and foolishness. Bravo D’angelo, keep schooling these clowns.

D’angelo explained the meaning of his new album in his own words:

The crescendo of Black Messiah, “The Door” “Back To The Future (Part II)” & “Another Life” feature the classic D’angelo sound he perfected with, “How Does It Feel”.

Despite being 15 years in the making, this work of art has arrived at just the right time.

If you don’t listen to Soul, we can’t be anything more than friends. I’m looking for an old soul. Go listen to Justin Beiber, since you wanna act childish.

Sade. Anita Baker. Avant. Stevie Wonder. Whitney Houston. Patti LaBelle. Jill Scott. Erykah Badu. Lauryn Hill. Levert. The Isley Brothers. Maxwell. Boyz II Men. Aretha Franklin. Michael Jackson. Prince. Musiq Soulchild. Raphael Saadiq. Luther. Monica. Jodeci. BeBe & CeCe. Janet (Ms. Jackson) Panic At The Disco! No Doubt. Portishead. Led Zeppelin. John Lennon. Bob Marley. Nirvana. Duke Ellington. I love soul, country, 90sR&B, New Jack Swing, punk, rock, gospel & most of all JAZZ music.

If you don’t listen to any of those, because ALL you listen to is Hip Hop, we could never be anything more than just platonic. A person’s taste in music speaks volumes of their aura, vibe & chemistry to me.

By: Ebrahim Aseem Follow @fuel4thebody
Author of the book, “Why Men Cheat on Loyal Women”
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About Ebrahim Aseem

I am a chef, writer & motivational speaker. I've been a youth mentor for young Black men for 10 years & I'm currently shopping my first book, "Why Men Cheat on Loyal Women"
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2 Responses to Why I refuse to support this “new” R&B by artist who’ve neo-SOULED Out | #BlackMessiah review

  1. “Sade. Anita Baker. Avant. Stevie Wonder. Whitney Houston. Patti LaBelle. Jill Scott. Erykah Badu. Lauryn Hill. Levert. The Isley Brothers. Maxwell. Boyz II Men. Aretha Franklin. Michael Jackson. Prince. Musiq Soulchild. Raphael Saadiq. Luther. Monica. Jodeci. BeBe & CeCe. Janet.”
    Wow! What a list! You have great taste in music!

  2. Omay Farlane says:

    I don’t listen to R&B much because it has been gentrificated and add offensive, denigrating words towards black women. Most of music that Black Folk created (including punk) has been stolen by Caucasians and use it for their own benefit. I will listen however to D’Angelo.

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