[Chorus] After receiving a low-cost Casio keyboard from a friend, Brooklyn, New York-native Maxwell began composing material at age 17. [6], Production assistance and instrumentation from such veteran session musicians contributed significantly to Urban Hang Suite's vintage overtones and classic R&B influences. And that's what music--what creativity--is to me. It's not about creating some super-fresh new thing. [1][3] The marketplace dominance of hip hop soul in 1995 was in contrast with Maxwell's monogamous themes and older soul influences, which Columbia worried would be interpreted as old-fashioned. [29] The gold-certified single "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)", which had shipped 500,000 copies in the US by October,[30] was considered by music journalists to be a significant factor in consumers' increased interest in the album. Audiophile Journeys with a PC: Subjective Listening - Arrrgh! Maxwell performs in the music video "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'" from the album "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" recorded for Columbia Records. [9] The album has been noted for the sincerity of Maxwell's lyrics, which depict a man's weakness and vulnerability to a woman's love. [19] The track's prominent funk sound is reminiscent of the music of the Brand New Heavies. [16] The album contains elements of funk, jazz, contemporary R&B and quiet storm,[4] and it is mostly composed of sexual balladry and slow jams.[17][18]. A message on the telephone, baby [2] Music journalists inferred that the album was inspired by or based on an unsuccessful affair in Maxwell's life. "[44] In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Arion Berger later said, "[Maxwell's] laid-back romanticism has heat at its core and a powerful groove that grounds the music: By varying the push of the beat but retaining the central mellow vibe, Maxwell creates a sound as felicitous on headphones as it is in the bedroom. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. [Bridge] Tease you (Ooh, hoo, hoo) Was it enough to penetrate your dark world? Well, I wanna hold you, I wanna know you baby, if it's alright [5] Columbia executives reluctantly gave Maxwell creative freedom in his contract and were hesitant to allow him produce the album alone. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 Vinyl release of Til The Cops Come Knockin' (The Opus) on Discogs. According to Prince biographer Alex Hahn, Maxwell adopts the singer's sound and style, particularly from songs such as "Do Me, Baby" (1982) and "Pink Cashmere" (1993), while The New York Times's Amy Linden said that he "melds a soft-spoken singing style with the fluid, spacious gr… 'Til the cops come knockin' [40] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite has since been cited by several critics as his best album,[41][40] including Stephen Cook from AllMusic, who said it was "destined to become a classic contemporary R&B disc". He was credited with shaping the "neo soul" movement of musicians that rose to prominence during the late 1990s. Lock you up and love for days [10] Nick Coleman from The Independent later cited Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite as the "sexiest record of 1996",[49] while Q magazine called it "one of the very best R&B records of the '90s. I'm open (Wider than oceans), baby With Maxwell. It is the second single released from his debut album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite.Co written and produced by Maxwell and G Syier Hawkins Brown. (I wanna be) There won't be no A message on the telephone, baby [50] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. 'Til the cops come knockin' [32], Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite received positive reviews from critics. / Wasn't it cool when first I kissed your lips? [21] Rolling Stone editor David Fricke compared the album's concept to that of Marvin Gaye's 1978 record Here, My Dear, which dealt with his divorce, saying that Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite had been reworked as a treatise on monogamy. [Chorus] Lock you up and love for days [1], At 19, Maxwell began performing throughout the New York club circuit while supporting himself by waiting tables during the day. Maxwell's official music video for '...Til The Cops Come Knockin''. The success of Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite elevated Maxwell's reputation to that of a sex symbol and a notable performer in the music industry. [28] Columbia reached a compromise with Maxwell and used a promotional shot of him as the back cover. The magazine highlighted Maxwell's showmanship, "down-to-earth" attitude and body movements including dropping down to his knees, swiveling his hips in a "slow grind", and crawling across the stage while singing. I guess being a man is a truly physical state and mentally it's a little bit limiting. [2] Regarding the cover, Maxwell later said "I wanted people to have the facts: the title, the selections and the fact that you had to basically buy it. We're gonna be rockin', baby But what I'm talking about is not a person's 'female side' or 'male side'. We're gonna be rockin', baby [4] The song contains strong gospel overtones with references to God in the lyrics. Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? It was not yet considered cool to look to the ‘70s for R&B inspiration, and Maxwell… ('Til the cops come, 'til the police come knockin') "What He Does Want Is to Make Beautiful Music". ('Til the cops come, I'm gonna love you, baby) [1][22] Maxwell said in an interview, "I'm so innately romantic and always have been, and I went through this particular romantic experience and based my album on that". Was it enough to penetrate yo dark world. [Verse 1] [10] In 2002, it was certified double platinum,[30] and by 2008, it stood as Maxwell's best-selling album, having sold 1,790,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Gonna take you in the room, sugar Obviously women at 12 or 13 get either cursed or blessed with the fact that they're vessels for human life to come through. [41][59] His concert performances in promotion of the album attracted many female fans. "[23] The funk-influenced "Sumthin' Sumthin'", which was co-written by Leon Ware,[7] contains a strong, rhythmically tight groove created by the implementation of the "pocket" bass technique. [8], Credits for Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite adapted from liner notes. [60] Essence writer Jeannine Amber compared his stage presence to Teddy Pendergrass. We're gonna be 'Til the cops come knockin' Watch the video for ...Til the Cops Come Knockin' from Maxwell's Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. (Ooh, hoo, hoo) [44] It was named the 20th best album of 1996 in the Pazz and Jop, an annual poll of American critics nationwide, published by The Village Voice. Maxwell – Till The Cops Come Knockin'. If it's alright, ooh Papa gonna have to leave For a brother to hold you tight and keep on goin' [41] Maxwell was also compared to soul singers of the 1960s and 1970s. 0 Tags. It was also a success with critics, who praised it as a departure from the mainstream, hip hop-oriented R&B of the time, while earning Maxwell several accolades and comparisons to soul singers of the past, particularly Marvin Gaye and Prince. [1][25] On September 17, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? Maxwell Lyrics. [43] In American Visions, Michael George wrote, "In an age where young, black artists are criticized (often rightly so) for misogynistic lyrics, Maxwell's focus on commitment is refreshing. [3] Already a fan of what he described as "jheri curl soul", which was the trademark of early 1980s R&B acts such as Patrice Rushen, S.O.S. [8][9][10] According to Prince biographer Alex Hahn, Maxwell adopts the singer's sound and style, particularly from songs such as "Do Me, Baby" (1982) and "Pink Cashmere" (1993),[11] while The New York Times's Amy Linden said that he "melds a soft-spoken singing style with the fluid, spacious grooves often associated with the cocktail funk of Sade". [41] It was called a "masterpiece" by several reviewers who viewed it as a departure from the mainstream, hip hop-oriented R&B of the time. I wanted people to come to the music and not base any opinion on the image". [8][16] In an interview with music journalist Mark Coleman, Maxwell cited his respect for African-American women as the inspiration for the respectful nature of his lyrics towards women. [2], Writing for Vibe, OJ Lima said the record was a "refreshing detour from hump-bouncin' '90s R&B",[16] while Dimitri Ehrlich from Entertainment Weekly wrote that Maxwell "smooths hip-hop's and soul's edges, proving that black dance music doesn't automatically mean ghetto culture. [7], Although one of his earliest influences was early 1980s urban R&B,[1] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was inspired by the sounds and themes of classic soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and Prince . Was it enough to penetrate your dark world? [20] It was shelved for nearly a year,[19] because of issues with Columbia's management, the label's extensive reorganization, and record executives' doubts regarding the album's commercial potential. I wanna know you, baby (I wanna know you) View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 CD release of Til The Cops Come Knockin' The Opus on Discogs. Wasn't it cool when I first kissed yo lips? Style: Soul, Neo Soul. We're gonna be Well, I wanna hold you (I wanna hold you) A message on the telephone, baby [Pre-Chorus] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was not an immediate commercial success, but it was helped by the release of its second single "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" in July 1996, and the album eventually became a million-seller. [41] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau jokingly accused Maxwell of "expiring of Afrocentric texturitis",[45] while rating the album a "dud",[46] which indicated "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought". Wasn't it cool when I first kissed yo lips? Gonna take you in the room, sugar Check out ...Til the Cops Come Knockin' by Maxwell on Amazon Music. 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