Taalib Johnson (born September 16, 1977), better known by the stage name Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq (pronounced "music")[1] is an American singer and songwriter whose style blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz, and gospel influences fused with hip hop.[2] Soulchild has released several successful studio albums that went platinum in the United States.

Musiq Soulchild
Musiq Soulchild in 2016
Taalib Johnson

(1977-09-16) September 16, 1977 (age 46)
Other names
  • The Husel
  • Purple Wondaluv
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1995–present
Musical career
  • Vocals

Early life edit

Musiq was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in a strict Muslim household. During his teenage years he built a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MCs freestyling on the open mic circuit, scatting at jazz clubs, or just performing an a cappella for strangers on the streets, which is where he got the name "Musiq" and later added "Soulchild." He cites as his inspirations such icons as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway.[3][4] He dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music.

"There were people who knew of me but they didn't really know me; they just knew me as 'that music dude.' So after getting that so much, I was like, 'Just call me Musiq.' It was so fresh to me because if I had to be called anything, I would have wanted to be called Music. That's how much I dug it; when you see me, I want you to automatically think of music. The stage name "Musiq Soulchild" is technically two ideas. 'Musiq' is the front man and 'Soulchild' is the idea behind it. It's basically me as an artist in this generation, representing the traditions and the legacies of the past soul stars."[3]

Career edit

1998–2004: Def Soul edit

In 1998, Musiq Soulchild signed with Def Soul Records, the contemporary R&B division of Universal Music's Def Jam Recordings. He later released his debut album, Aijuswanaseing, in late 2000. Its lead single was "Just Friends (Sunny)". His second single "Love" spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Musiq's second album, 2002's Juslisen, debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, reaching platinum-sales status.[5] The singles were "Halfcrazy" and "Dontchange", which were top ten hits.

In 2003, Musiq released his third album, Soulstar, which went gold.[5] It included the singles "Forthenight" and "Whoknows".

Musiq took a four-year break and changed his management to Solqi Management. In 2006, media outlets circulated that Musiq was involved in a de facto record label trade, transitioning from Def Soul's master label Def Jam Recordings to Atlantic Records, and sending rapper Fabolous from Atlantic to Def Jam.[6][7][8]

2006–2012: Atlantic Records edit

In March 2007, Musiq's released his fourth album Luvanmusiq. Its singles were "B.U.D.D.Y.", an uptempo track,[5] "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 neo soul Musiq fans were accustomed to. The following singles were the duet "IfULeave" featuring Mary J. Blige, and the ballad "SoBeautiful". The latter marked the first collaboration between Musiq and producer JR Hutson, after Hutson had spent "about eight months" trying to get Musiq to come by his studio.[9] According to Hutson, the two planned to work together again.[9]

In May 2010, he changed management to Victor Grieg.[9]

His last album for Atlantic MusiqInTheMagiq was released on May 3, 2011, available on CDs and also as a digital download. The first single was "Anything" featuring Swizz Beatz,[10] followed by "Yes".

2013–present My Block Records, Soulstar Music Company, eOne Records edit

In September 2013, Musiq released a duet album with Syleena Johnson, titled 9ine. This album was a compilation of nine reggae songs recorded in nine days on the independent Shanachie[5] label.

Also in September 2013, Musiq 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.[11][12][13] Musiq previously worked with Campbell on his first two albums on Atlantic – 2007's Luvanmusiq and 2008's OnMyRadio.

He released an EP titled The Husel through DatPiff on July 30, 2014.[14]

In April 2016, he released his first independent solo album through My Block/E1 Music, Life on Earth.[15] The lead single is "I Do". Shortly after, he moved to a new label, with eOne/SoulStar Music Company.

In 2017, he released two new singles "Simple Things" and "Start Over" set for a new album titled Feel the Real due on September 15, 2017.[16][17] He premiered music videos for the tracks in April 2017.[18]

Other music edit

Musiq Soulchild has featured on

Soundtrack songs edit

Soulchild has also appeared on the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's February 2007 movie Daddy's Little Girls.

He also lent a song from his March 2007 album Luvanmusiq to the soundtrack for Perry's later movie Why Did I Get Married?, released October 2007.

He then recorded a remake of Arrested Development's song "People Everyday" with British rapper and singer Estelle for the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's March 2008 Meet the Browns titled "People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)".

Television and books edit

Musiq guest starred as himself in the UPN sitcom Half and Half in May 2004 and The CW comedy The Game in October 2007.[20][21]

On June 25, 2012, Musiq released a book on love and relationships, titled 143 – Love According To Musiq.[22]

Personal life edit

When Musiq was a young child, he developed a lazy eye from an accident that occurred while being fed by his uncle.[23][24][25]

In 2009, he had a son with 702 singer Kameelah Williams.[26] He also has a daughter named Satori, born in 2017. Musiq resides in Atlanta, Georgia.[27][28]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

List of studio albums, with selected details, chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Ind.
Aijuswanaseing 24 4
  • Released: May 7, 2002
  • Label: Def Soul, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
1 1
  • Released: December 9, 2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
13 3
  • Released: March 13, 2007
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1
  • Released: December 9, 2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11 1
  • Released: May 3, 2011
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 3
Husel Music
(as The Husel)
  • Released: May 5, 2015
  • Label: Soulstar Music Company
  • Formats: Digital download
Life on Earth
  • Released: April 15, 2016
  • Label: My Block, E1 Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
27 3 2 5
Feel the Real
  • Released: September 15, 2017
  • Label: eOne, SoulStar Music Company
  • Formats: CD, digital download
126 16 11

Collaboration albums edit

List of collaboration albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart
(with Syleena Johnson)
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Formats: CD, download
Victims and Villains
(with Hit-Boy)
  • Released: March 10, 2023
  • Label: SoulStar Music Company
  • Formats: Download

EPs edit

List of EPs, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US Holiday
A Philly Soul Christmas / Christmas Musiq
  • Released: 2008 (physical)
    October 30, 2009 (digital)
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, download
88 20 9
The Pre-Up – EP
  • Released: July 30, 2014
  • Label: Soulstar Music Company
  • Formats: Download
The EternaL Peace EP
  • Released: June 18, 2015
  • Label: Soulstar Music Company
  • Formats: Download

Singles edit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Just Friends (Sunny)" 2000 31 6 Aijuswanaseing
"Love" 24 2
"Girl Next Door" (featuring Ayana) 2001 85 28
"Halfcrazy" 2002 16 2 Juslisen
"Dontchange" 17 3
"Forthenight" 2003 53 18 Soulstar
"Whoknows" 2004 65 23
"B.U.D.D.Y." 2007 36 2 Luvanmusiq
"Teachme" 42 2
"Makeyouhappy" 61
"Radio" 2008 55 OnMyRadio
(featuring Mary J. Blige)
71 6
"SoBeautiful" 2009 84 8
"Silky Soul" 2010 Silky Soul Music – An All-Star Tribute to Maze & Frankie Beverly
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
2011 31 MusiqInTheMagiq
"Yes" 24
"Feel the Fire"
(with Syleena Johnson)
2013 9ine
"I Do" 2016 11 Life on Earth
"Simple Things" 2017 Feel the Real
"Start Over" 11

As featured artist edit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Break You Off"
(The Roots featuring Musiq Soulchild)
2002 99 55 59 Phrenology
"Nothing at All"
(Santana featuring Musiq Soulchild)
2003 Shaman
(Black Ice featuring Musiq Soulchild)
2006 The Death of Willie Lynch
"Why Me"
(Ice Cube featuring Musiq Soulchild)
2008 Raw Footage
"Chocolate High"
(India.Arie featuring Musiq Soulchild)
114 19 Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
(The Floacist featuring Musiq Soulchild)
2010 Floetic Soul
"Hope for Haiti"
(Kim Burrell featuring Musiq Soulchild, Michelle Williams, Lil' Mo and Tye Tribbett)
Charity single
"Ah Yeah"
(Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild)
2012 86 Black Radio
"Still Believe in Love"
(Demetria McKinney featuring Musiq Soulchild)
2013 Non-album singles
"Give It to You"
(Meelah featuring Musiq Soulchild)
(Kehlani featuring Musiq Soulchild)
2019 While We Wait
"Your Turn"
Ty Dolla Sign featuring Musiq Soulchild, Tish Hyman and 6lack)
2020 Featuring Ty Dolla Sign

Accolades edit

Soulchild has two platinum as well as two gold albums altogether.[30]

He has also received awards from BET and the ASCAP among others.[3][38]

Soulchild has also received 13 Grammy nominations, including three for his 2007 album Luvanmusiq.[39]

ASCAP Awards edit


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 ASCAP Awards Musiq Soulchild Best Male R&B Artist Won

BET Awards edit


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 Musiq Soulchild Best Male R&B Artist Won
2001 Musiq Soulchild Best New Artist Nominated
2003 Musiq Soulchild Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
2007 Musiq Soulchild BET Centric Award Nominated
2009 Musiq Soulchild BET J Award Nominated

American Music Awards edit


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 Musiq Soulchild Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist Nominated

Grammy Awards edit


Year Nominee / work 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
2017 "I Do" Best R&B Performance Nominated
2018 Feel the Real Best R&B Album Nominated

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