Muja Messiah hops on Miguel's "Adorn," AKA one of 2012's best singles
|Miguel and Muja Messiah|
Miguel Pimentel, soon to be 26, has found an ease and warmth in his voice that some folks spend a lifetime working on. Marvin Gaye had it and so did Bill Withers. But he's also got the ear for the right beat, and the skill to put it together himself. "Adorn" is extra special because he assembled it -- presumably with his own joyous and comical "whoop" popping through from time to time -- and it's basically begging rappers to jump on in and take a lyrical journey of their own. In this case, it's 50 percent of Villa Rosa and inspired solo performer Muja Messiah getting caught up in the moment.
It's a big of a thug love tale that unfolds. "Remember that night you bailed me out the county joint? / What a way for a woman like you to earn brownie points," he raps with genuine gratitude in his voice. Later, things heat up and you'll just have to listen if you want to understand how "philanthropist" and "landing strip" fit together. [Via]
A lot of singers are gonna spend some time poring over the rest of Kaleidoscope Dream to figure out how to capture a piece of that magic in their own work. And if this performance by Miguel on Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday night is any indication, this guy has a huge, smoky head start. Check the white shoes.
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