Friday, January 19th, 2018

#2 Neo Soul


Educated Black people like Neo Soul.

For those of you who don’t know what this genre of music is about, I have included a short description.

Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a music genre and an umbrella term for current soul music. The music is usually a hybrid of 1970s-influenced soul music with influences from jazz, funk, hip hop house music. The term neo soul was originated by Kedar Massenburg of Motown Records in the late 1990s. Neo soul’s audience tends to be underground, preferring that the music favor underground credibility and soulfulness over mainstream popularity. Some musicians who create what is described as neo-soul prefer to disassociate themselves from the tag, due to the term’s buzzword-like usage. Some of these artists simply refer to themselves as soul artists.

Neo Soul music makes educated black people feel like they are getting in on music that regular blacks don’t know about. The most popular neo soul artist is Erykah Badu….even though some of us may feel she’s a little bit crazy. Some educated Blacks have distanced themselves from Ms. Badu because too many people know about her. Neo Soul allows these educated blacks to feel they are the only people who know about these artists and are the only ones educated enough to understand this music. Once an artist “catches on,” it’s time to move on to the next undiscovered talent.

Other popular neo soul artists are: Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Alice Smith, Goapele, India.Arie, Davina, Pru, Raphael Saadiq, Alice Smith, Jazzyfatnastees, Adriana Evans, Ursula Rucker, Rhian Benson and Martha Redbone. If you want to take an educated black friend to a concert, pick one of these artists. You will definitely be loved by them automatically. You should even comment on the release of a new CD by one of these artists. It’ll show how well you understand educated Black culture. You may even get invited to a listening party. Then, you’ll really be down with the educated Black crowd!


6 Responses to “#2 Neo Soul”
  1. reluctantnegro says:

    ah. I have thought I was so unique. being educated and black, means always being the only black person per 100 foot radius. you start to think your unique, then you stumble onto a site like this and you find you meet 22 out 24 stereotypical things. the shoes, the stockings the music, the pop culture icons, the need for advanced degrees to be ivy league approved as intelligent. and the love of standardized testing, all to prove that education not race or sex determine performance. you nailed me. I am as common as penny and this has comforted me. Good luck on you bar, In med school we have boards. got to study, peace.

  2. raja3000 says:

    You forgot to mention Les Nubians!!!

  3. B says:

    Def forgot the true, undiscovered neo Queen and King- Lina and Kem! Still underground all these years!

  4. Chris says:

    How could you not mention D’Angelo????

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