Maxwell will be appearing at the amphitheater in Coney Island Saturday July 9th.
Brooklyn institution Maxwell drops his fifth studio album, his first in seven years, today. Photo courtesy of Facebook. New York is the kind of place that draws creative types. Some of us relocate from other places, but some of us have been here forever. And the thing about being a creative type anywhere, but especially in New York, is that you usually can’t survive on your art right away — unless, of course, your creativity leads you to forge your own currency, but that could lead to other problems.
But usually, if you want to be able to make great art, you kind of have to work your ass off. Take neo-soul powerhouse Maxwell, for instance. Born and raised in East New York, he worked odd jobs as a teenager to support himself as he attended school, and, somehow, managed to write more than 300 songs before landing a deal with Columbia (and four platinum records). He’s sold out shows all over the world, but next weekend he’ll come home for a show at Coney Island. Maxwell’s fifth album, blackSUMMER’Snight, drops today.
His debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, came out 20 years ago, in 1996. It was a neo-soul R&B masterpiece that rose to No. 8 on the R&B album charts and No. 37 on the Billboard 200, and Maxwell ended up selling out Radio City Music Hall for three consecutive nights. He was said to have defined the “neo-soul” genre, along with other legends Erykah Badu and D’Angelo. And, in more recent news, he just gave this incredible performance at the BET awards last weekend, which included a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” (eat your heart out, Sinead O’Connor).
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