The Music You Should Be Listening To: Miguel

Now, we all know that I am the music man. In my mind, I secretly hold the anthology of all things Hip Hop and R&B dating back to the late-80s and early-90s up to now. So, I am starting a series entitled “The Music You Should Be Listening To“. The radio waves are filled with a cycle of “popular” songs played on repeat, not because of the quality but because of their sheer ubiquitous-ness. So, as opposed to the other crap that you hear from every media outlet, here is the music that you should be listening to.




Ever heard of Miguel? He is a talented singer, songwriter and producer who has steadily been building a fan base since 2005. He did work for Usher on both his albums Here I Stand and Raymond vs. Raymond (Source) and he also received two GRAMMY nominations for co-writing, once on Musiq Soulchild’s 2008 single “IfULeave” and the other on Jaheim’s 2010 single “Finding My Way Back”. He is somewhat of a “real” artist and an innovator as shown in the experimental and creative chances he takes both musically and visually. He does his own thing, and he is someone to keep your eye on.

Building off the success of his mixtape Mischief (download HERE), he’s been bubbling just below the surface. And since the release of his 2010 single “All I Want Is You” featuring J. Cole off of his album of the same name, Miguel’s star has only continued to rise. Sample his 3 follow-up singles below:

“Sure Thing”


“Girls Like You”

He rode the success of these singles all the way through 2011, and in 2012 he released 3 more mixtapes (Download: Art Dealer Chic Vol. 123) to help tide fans over until the release of his next studio album.

Now, with his second album, Kaleidoscope Dream, set to be released Oct. 2, 2012, Miguel is making a splash again with his single “Adorn”.

If you can’t wait to hear Miguel’s album Kaleidoscope Dream, you can purchase 2 previews of the album at the links below.

Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview

Kaleidoscope Dream: The Water Preview

So now that you’ve heard all the music and seen all the visuals, you should have a pretty good idea of what Miguel is about. The magic is in the delivery. And if you listen to the heart of the music, there is always a solid groove. No studio effects or cheap affectations are used to gain that pop appeal. He doesn’t have to try to distract you from his lack of talent, because he has talent. Even when the material and the visuals are very sexual (i.e. “Quickie”), things are still tasteful, sleek, and creative. And that comes from artistry. That’s not to say that he is a landmark vocalist in the new millennium, but Miguel knows his lane and he is great at staying in it. The music industry always needs something fresh and new, and Miguel is obviously somebody that is constantly innovating and reinventing himself. Miguel makes real, cool music.

WriteToLive’s Verdict: If you like artists like Ryan Leslie, Robin Thicke, Dawn Richard, Aaliyah, Elle Varner, or Tweet, Miguel has music you should be listening to.

Will you be buying the new album? Does Miguel satiate the desire in you to hear actual musical artistry?

What say you Water Cooler Community?

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

2 Responses

  1. Your well written review of Miguel just got him a spot on my Spotify playlist. He should thank you 😉

  2. WritetoLive says:

    Thanks, Akin. You can also now stream his album right now over at NPR (HERE).