May 2012 03

When you mention Maxwell, expect to see the ladies swoon and recite their favorite lyrics from any one of his classics (i.e. “Fortunate“, “A Woman’s Work“). But, his die hard fans may take it all the way back to the neo soul king’s debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, his 1996 introduction. With 2 million in sales, this was not only his best selling compilation to date, but contains some definitive cuts that helped shape the Neo Soul movement of the 90‘s, including “Sumthin Sumthin“, “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever“, and the 2nd single, “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)“. The track peaked at #25 on the Rhythmic Top 40, and spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Top 100. The video showcases Maxwell in the company of a funky band, and his signature ‘fro is picked to perfection (yup). Along with his soulful contemporaries, Maxwell helped to reshape the sound of mellow R&B, and continues to successfully perform for the masses. Check it out!

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