18 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most talented and popular singer/producers associated with the neo-soul movement, Dwele has been impressing listeners since early in the millennium, working with fellow Motown residents Slum Village and their late, great beat maestro J Dilla. Though he started off as a rapper, he soon shifted into soul-singer mode, releasing his official debut album Subject in 2003. Seven years later he returns with his fourth full-length, a conceptual record broken into three parts that examine material desires, global politics, and (of course), the ladies. Clocking in at 17 tracks, it includes more collaborations than his previous efforts, pairing him up with an assortment of artists including David Banner ("Dodgin' Your Phone"), Raheem DeVaughn ("Dim The Lights"), Monica Blaire on the sublime "Detroit Sunrise" and West Coast legend DJ Quik on the head-nodding closer "I Wanna." Be sure to check out both singles, "What's Not to Love" and "I Wish" plus the self-explanatory "Love You Right."

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most talented and popular singer/producers associated with the neo-soul movement, Dwele has been impressing listeners since early in the millennium, working with fellow Motown residents Slum Village and their late, great beat maestro J Dilla. Though he started off as a rapper, he soon shifted into soul-singer mode, releasing his official debut album Subject in 2003. Seven years later he returns with his fourth full-length, a conceptual record broken into three parts that examine material desires, global politics, and (of course), the ladies. Clocking in at 17 tracks, it includes more collaborations than his previous efforts, pairing him up with an assortment of artists including David Banner ("Dodgin' Your Phone"), Raheem DeVaughn ("Dim The Lights"), Monica Blaire on the sublime "Detroit Sunrise" and West Coast legend DJ Quik on the head-nodding closer "I Wanna." Be sure to check out both singles, "What's Not to Love" and "I Wish" plus the self-explanatory "Love You Right."

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About Dwele

Adult contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele grew up on Detroit's west side, listening to soul music from Motown visionaries Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as jazz on the radio. Born Andwele Gardner, he began writing songs at the age of ten, after his father was murdered outside his home, and attended Cody High in Detroit. Dwele spent a year studying music at Wayne State but then opted for an informal education, making music at his home while living in Dearborn and working for AAA. His demo tape, 1998's The Rize, made waves around the Motor City, and he spent time collaborating with Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village and Philadelphia rapper Bahamadia. Signed to Virgin on the strength of his songwriting and performance skills, Dwele released Subject in mid-2003 and cemented his appeal with European audiences (he was a favorite on Gilles Peterson's influential Radio 1 program) with a tour that summer. His second album, Some Kinda..., followed in 2005 and reached the Top 10 of the R&B chart. A couple years later, he provided the hook on Kanye West's hit single "Flashing Lights" and signed to Koch/eOne to release Sketches of a Man (2008) and W.ants W.orld W.omen (2010). Both albums maintained the singer's streak of Top Ten R&B albums. Greater Than One (2012), also released on eOne, featured some of his breeziest, most pleasing grooves. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Detroit, MI
  • BORN
    14 February 1978

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