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The Appetizer

Eric Roberson

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Album Review

The Appetizer starts off with "N2U," a free-form duet with Marsha Ambrosius where both artists sing freestyled, off-the-cuff lyrics over what could pass for an early-'90s Pete Rock beat. It's followed by "What I Gotta Do?" and its early Dilla-esque production where Roberson, as usual, displays his knack for marrying breezy new-soul grounded with an authentic hip-hop sound core. The album as a whole is a varied one, with everything from odes to '90s R&B duets ("The Moon") to songs like "Hesitation," which isn't satisfied until it takes a coda detour. It's a more than solid effort by one of the era's most consistent artists.

Biography

Born: Rahway, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An independent neo-soul artist from Rahway, NJ, Eric Roberson was originally signed to Warner Bros., having released his single “The Moon” on the major label in 1994. An album was recorded for the label but it was never released, so Roberson returned to Howard University on a musical theater scholarship. After graduating, he came back to music in 2001 with the independently released album The Esoteric Movement. A year later he joined DJ Jazzy Jeff’s A Touch of Jazz production company, kicking off...
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The Appetizer, Eric Roberson
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: 07 November 2005

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