• A. Rachelle

21 Neosoul Albums You Slept On



Since new generations are rediscovering ‘old-school’ neo-soul music, I decided to offer my list of essential neo-soul albums from artists who formed the movement as we identify it today. Many of the pioneering truly indie artists of the movement grew up, created families, acquired gainful employment, and put music on the back burner to deal with life’s successes and failures.


However, in my social media research to relaunch the “Neosoul Rhythms” podcast, I found that many neo-soul artists ‘back in the day’ that scored label contracts are still performing and touring. (Check the Neosoul Rhythms Instagram page.) Oh, you might argue with my choices, but I chose albums you can groove to from beginning to end, not ranked in any particular order. 😊


1. Maxwell Urban Hang Suite, (1996; Columbia)

2. Erykah BaduBaduizm, (1997; Universal)

3. Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, (1988; Columbia)

4. D’AngeloBrown Sugar, (1995; Virgin)

5. Jill ScottWho Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, (2000; Hidden Beach)

6. Raphael Saadiq Instant Vintage, (2002; Republic)

7. India Arie - Acoustic Soul, (2001; Motown)

8. Angie StoneStone Love, (2009; J Records)

9. DonnieThe Colored Section, (2003; Motown Records)

10. Geno YoungGhetto Symphony, (2004; Native Records)

11. JazzyfatnasteesThe Once and Future, (MCA Record; 1999)

12. Amel LarrieuxInfinite Possibilities, (2000; Epic Records)

13. LaurneaThe Collection, (2005; Shanachie)

14. Musiq Soulchild OnMyRadio, (2008; Atlantic Records)

15. PJ Morton Emotions, (2006; 2 Pm Music)

16. Tonex Pronounced “Toe-Nay”, (2000; Verity/Jive Records)

17. Fertile GroundBlack Is…, (2004; Black Out Records)

18. DJ Spinna Intergalactic Soul, (2006; Shanachie)

19. Justin TimberlakeJustified, (2002; Jive Records)

20. Amy WinehouseBack to Black, (2006; Universal Records)

21. Jimmy Sommers Sunset Collective, (2007; Gemini Records LLC)

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