With those sunglasses he wears all the time, it's sometimes hard to read Musiq. Except when he's onstage. He can't keep from smiling; he obviously loves what he's doing.
Wednesday night at B.B. King's in New York City, the Soulchild held his album release party for Juslisen, which drops next Tuesday (see "Musiq Croons Conversation Pieces On Juslisen" ). Unlike most shindigs of this nature, Musiq didn't just play cuts from his LP for attendees such as Jay-Z, Angie Stone, Capone and Bilal the 24-year-old and his band played cuts.
Before the main attraction came onto the stage, the Roots' Black Thought warmed things up with his group's "The Next Movement." "We got the hot music, the hot music," he chanted while the crowd clapped. Musiq showed just how hot we was when he jumped onstage and sang "L' Is Gone" from his debut, Aijuswanaseing, to the same beat.
"Y'all better sing," he told the crowd, giggling to himself later in the evening during "Mary Go Round," also from his previous album. Other oldies but goodies included "Girl Next Door" and "Love."
As for the new material, the Philly funkster gave the crowd a preview of what's to come with "Realove," which is about a girl who's afraid of getting into a relationship; the George Harrison-penned ode to amore, "Something"; and, of course, his current single, "Halfcrazy."
Musiq will perform on MTV2 at 10 p.m. Thursday (May 2) as part of the channel's "$2 Bill" concert series.