In an ongoing effort to better understand the musical influences behind new music, we’re asking artists to tell us about their be-all-end-all essential albums of all time ever forever. This week we get five picks from neo-soul singer Miguel, whose excellent album dropped last year.
Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key of Life (1976)
It’s probably one of the most known albums by Stevie Wonder. If you’ve never listened to him, it’s a great place to start. It'll make you want to go back and listen to his earlier releases.
Listen: "Love's In Need of Love Today"
Led Zeppelin - IV (1971)
It’s THE quintessential rock album.
Listen: IV (full album)
The Notorious B.I.G - Ready To Die (1994)
He’s a storyteller. Allegorically, he’s the illest MC ever; and he’s got a sense of humor.
Listen: Ready To Die (full album)
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
I love the continuity of the record. André 3000 is my favourite MC of all time.
Little Brother - The Listening (2003)
That album, front to back, is amazing; the continuity, the concepts, the lyricism, the beats. It’s their debut album to a larger audience and one of the last, timeless hip-hop album by a duo.
Listen: The Listening (full album)