The Blerd Radio Podcast
Blerd Radio 2015 | Episode 1: The Neo-Soul Podcast

Welcome to Blerd Radio's first podcast of 2015. In our new year debut (never mind it being mid-February) the team of Big Money, The Packet Man, Dr. Z and Michael Parr discuss the music and influence of what is commonly known as the "neo-soul" era.

Particularly in light of D'Angelo's Black Messiah album's suprise release and rapturous reception, we though it would be a good idea to talk about the era he birthed, in a way. Here are some related topics we felt it necessary to discuss over the course of an hour (and some change).

-The birth of "neo-soul"

A marketing concept developed as a reaction to the twin powers of "quiet storm" (Luther Vandross, Anita Baker) and "new jack swing" (Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown) designed to create music of a more organic nature than those two sub-genres were known for.

First artists that could fall under the neo-soul umbrella; the British acid-jazz movement (Brand New Heavies, Soul II Soul, Jamiroquai), Me'shell Ndegeocello, Tony Toni Tone.

-The King & Queen of "neo-soul"; D'Angelo & Erykah Badu and the impact that they made on the scene.

-Often compared but wildly different in actuality; D'Angelo & Maxwell

-Other artists that fall under that umbrella; Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Musiq (Soulchild), Alicia Keys? (side convo: when did Alicia Keys start screaming so god damn much?)

Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill: neo-soul? hip-hop? or just "Lauryn Hill Music"?

Has the music made during this era held up well over the years?

-Neo soul influences; Prince & Chaka Khan (side convo: Chaka's chocolate line; creatively entitled Chakalates).

-What's up with the lengthy delays between releases for many of these artists?

D'Angelo: nearly 15 years between Voodoo & Black Messiah

Maxwell: 8 years between Now & BLACKsummersnight. 6 years since BLACKsummersnight with no follow-up in sight.

Lauryn Hill: Miseducation is 17 years old. No proper follow-up in sight.

-Neo-soul newbies; including Jesse Boykins III & Taylor McFerrin, to name a few.

-Going independent; only a few artists from the era still have major-label contracts (which they don't need to further their brand). The Roots recently announced that they are free agents.

-The wonder of Dave Chappelle's Block Party

-Props to Rachid and Remy Shand, two artists that dropped interesting debuts but never followed them up.

Direct download: NeoSoul_Podcast.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

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