Musiq Soulchild, "Aijuswanaseing" (2000) [Nostalgic.Nightfalls]
It's rather a blessing and a curse to start your career with a bang, one hell of a single that grooved the whole world for months, because then you gotta ask yourself the question, where do you go from here to prevent becoming another one-hit wonder? Artists who write their songs themselves and own up to their own styles and artistry normally end up handling this problem with aplomb, figuring out ways to maintain the "it" factor that made the debut in the first place but also go above and beyond. As much as we can all agree that Musiq Soulchild in his 16-year-old recording career probably never really got to top the success that came from "Just Friends (Sunny)", the man who dared to take on the name music stayed true to his soulful self exhibited on Aijuswanaseing throughout these years and consistently blessed us with feel-good melodies and sincere sentiments. My favorite track off the album is without a doubt "143", a wicked tune with a beyond-mystic chord progression where the Stevie-Prince-Marvin influence cited by Taalib himself shines bright.