Musiq Soulchild popped by Maggiano’s in Buckhead today to chat with a table of media folks about his upcoming album, “Musiqinthemagiq” (try typing that one five times in a row).
Sharply dressed in a three-piece gray suit, plaid tie and omnipresent tinted glasses, the Atlanta transplant said he’s been digging the vibe of the city since moving here from Philadelphia three years ago.
“I love the people and the energy. It reminds me of Philly. There’s a lot of trendsetting things that happen in Atlanta,” he said.
While he doesn’t think that being in the Hip-Hop of the South has altered his overall sound, he did acknowledge that “Radio,” from 2008’s “onmyradio” album, was a valentine to the city.
“I got bit by the Atlanta bug and that song just came out,” he said, noting that when he first moved, some peers asked if he considered the Atlanta sound “real” music.
“That [song] was my way of saying, I ain’t got no problem with this sound. I like it so much, I’ll make my own!”
With his new album, his sixth, out May 3, the R&B/soul singer said he doesn’t want people to be fixated on the uptempo nature of the first single, “Anything,” featuring Swizz Beatz. It’s the fastest song on the album, according to Musiq, who also introduced another new song, “Single,” a mid-tempo thumper more in line with his past work.
When asked what might be “for the ladies” on the album, Musiq laughed, then said seriously, “I always see myself as a mediator for women. I do my best to articulate a man’s perspective when it comes to being in love. But this whole project is for women. It’s for men, too, with me offering them advice and options and opinions.”
The title of the new CD is a play on the familiar term, “magic in the music.” The word “magic” kept popping into Musiq’s head while thinking about a name, and when he heard someone mention the “magic in the music” phrase, it stuck – with some modifications.
“I wanted to put my own twist on things,” he said, explaining why he flipped the two key words in the title. “I know that I’m the key ingredient and the magic in my music.”