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In a world where it sometimes seems that female performers must conform to one of two stereotypes — either Rihanna’s pop diva with teen appeal, or Norah Jones’ model of the demure, adult-oriented songstress — Jill Scott is one of the few who can successfully bridge the jazz generation with the hip-hop generation. Unlike so many products of today’s music world, Scott seems entirely in control of her image and abilities. Brassy numbers like “The Real Thing” and “Hate On Me” set the album’s tone, fuelled as they are by Scott’s take-charge attitude and extra-bold vocals. But Scott doesn’t just demand that we respect her strength; she demands we see every side of her, vulnerability (“Wanna Be Loved”), spirituality (“Breathe”), and powerful libido (“Epiphany,” “Crown Royal,” “Celibacy Blues,” “All I”) included. No matter the material, Scott molds her voice to match the tone; whether she is belting it out like a r’n’b shouter or hanging back on the beat like a nightclub chanteuse, her vocal presence is never less than captivating. For all her many moods, Scott is best heard in her signature setting: standout track “My Love” pairs her unadulterated singing with little more than the lush tones of a Rhodes keyboard and some finger snaps.

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This album IS The Real Thing!

Let me start this review by saying: If you haven’t purchased The Real Thing yet, do it now! It is such an amazing collection of Words and Sounds that Jill Scott is known for. The songs on this album are nothing short of classic Jill Scott music. With a newer, sexier, braver, more independent sound and voice, Jill has done it again. If you loved her first two albums, you will adore the growth heard on Volume 3. And if you’re a newcomer, you’re even better off because this album is nothing like what’s being pushed out there – the lyrics are real, the music is real, and Jill Scott is The Real Thing. Enjoy this album as an affirmation of self and a true look into the soul of not only Jill Scott, but of the human spirit everywhere. The universal themes addressed are clearly seen from the start with “Let It Be”, “The Real Thing”, “Hate On Me”, “Whenever You’re Around”, and “Wanna Be Loved.” The sensual Jill Scott is heard with “Come See Me”, “Crown Royal”, “Epiphany”, and “All I.” And the soul-baring raw emotion of “My Love” cannot be matched. In order to answer the original question WHO IS JILL SCOTT? one must listen to the entire album to grasp the full experience of the BEAUTIFULLY HUMAN artist who has evolved into THE REAL THING. The quest is not over, but we are coming to an answer to that original question, and it can only be: Jill Scott.


Jill Scott's latest is truly worth the wait. After buying the sampler a few weeks ago, my anticipation had been building. Every song brings a message, something Jill's fans have come to expect and to love. "Hate On Me" is truly an anthem. "My Love" is a smooth ride from smart to finish- yet you feel every lyric. Buy this album... IMMEDIATELY. You won't regret it!


This project is the best one yet! Jill's subject matter, poetic lyrics, funky beats and music, chilled out methodology, and sexy and vivid imagery personifies her talent. Women, in particular, will FEEL this album. ENJOY!


Born: April 4, 1972 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

A mature R&B vocalist who excelled most with slower, sensual material ("Slowly, Surely," "I'm Not Afraid," "My Love") and was versatile enough to pack plenty of punch with anthems of pride and self-empowerment ("Golden," "Family Reunion," "Hate on Me"), Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia and began her performing career reading her own poetry. She was heard by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, drummer in the Roots, who invited her to join the band in the studio, resulting in the co-composition "You...
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