Friday, October 30, 2009

Music Week Sleeper Pick: Whatcha know about Rahsaan Patterson?

So by now you've figured out that while I'm a girl who wears many musical hats, Neo-Soul is my fallback position. Whenever I just need something "good" - I go Neo. It's the closest thing we've got to pure R&B these days. I discovered Rahsaan Patterson quite by accident. I was in a music store searching for I-don't-even-remember-what-now and ended up tossing Rahsaan's first self-titled CD into my basket. Getting home, I vividly recall wondering – who is this guy? I slid the CD in and went about doing some housework. It wasn't until I was boogieing with the mop that I realized this guy was good. His CD was one of those rare creations that you could put on and play straight through without skipping songs in between because they were clearly only there for filler. Literally, the entire CD was lovable.

It was a few years before I caught him in concert at an outdoor pavilion in California. Thanks to my date, we were hecka-late and had to sit way back on the lawn. This little guy came out in a hat with just a couple of musicians and a microphone and I thought another warm-up act was about to play. Without any accompaniment, this little dude ripped off the first verse of his single Stop By and then paused. The place was dead silent and then went wild. Little Dude can Sang. Not sing. But Sang! I was informed that he used to be "the kid" from Kids Incorporated but all that went right over my head. I love a real musician. He has four albums and a holiday record out. His album Wine and Spirits came out two years ago and still gets regular iPod rotation. Here is his video of Feels Good:

Last time I caught him in concert, he was with Lalah Hathaway and Angie Stone… it was Neo-Soul heaven. Quick Amazon playlist of some of his tunes, hope you enjoy!

9 comments:

Miss Jae said...

That's my boo! I like Stop Breaking My Heart & Feels Good! Those are my jams!

AppleBerryMIA said...

You know I love Rahsaan he and @LalahHathaway have a Lah and Rah show on YouTube. Very cute.

Violet Rose said...

I know he sings his ass off! Records are great but to see him live - OneChele, I agree. He is super-slept on. That voice has some octave range these pop stars wish they knew about. Thanks for highlighting.

Mr. Skyywalker said...

My ex hipped me to Rah a few years back, he's almost too good for the crap they call music out today. IMHO

Queen of Me said...

I hadn't heard of him, just bought a bunch of his stuff on amazon. Your blog is costing me money ;-)

derek love said...

Think you mentioned his Stonger than Pride re-make the other day - it's pretty effin brilliant

Shawnta said...

I really like him. He has a nice voice. You're right; he is slept on. I'd love to go to a show of his. One of my favorite songs is "Stop Breaking My Heart."

@QofM: LOL!

@Bailey: Thanks for the heads up on the Lah & Rah show on YouTube...going to subscribe now.

Leon X said...

Now we're getting down to the nitty gritty. Love In Stereo is still in rotation in the iPod. His phrasing is incredible and unmistakable. Rahsaan is also in a group called SugaRush Beat Company. They put a record out last year. Here is the video to their first single. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i6JZNI5GEk

diamond life said...

thanks for the link. love it!

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