Shake UP your playlist with Majid Jordan

By: Maddie Wood

Admittedly, my music taste is different than most 19-year-old girls. I was raised on a mix of Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and the Four Tops, a departure from the typical Backstreet Boys obsession.

I have my parents and their love of Motown to thank for my love of old-school crooners and rhythmic melodies, but I’ve also become quite the connoisseur of R&B music, as my friends would be quick to confirm.

Contrary to popular belief, R&B isn’t a thing of the past. While it seems as though EDM, pop, and hip-hop are conquering the current music scene, R&B is actually making a pretty cool comeback.

Much of this can be attributed to the recent fame of R&B masterminds like The Weeknd and August Alsina, and Fox’s wildly popular show Empire whose music is produced by none other than media mogul Timbaland.

I know R&B might make you think of early 2000s Usher and distasteful Trey Songz/ Chris Brown lyrics, but I promise it’s more than that.

Cue performer/producer duo, Majid Jordan.

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Majid Al Maskati (left) and Jordan Ullman of Majid Jordan. Courtesy of vmagazine.com

Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman first burst onto the scene in 2013 when they were featured on Drake’s mega-hit, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Since then the two have kept busy, releasing 2 EPs and signing to Drake’s OVO label.

Their much-anticipated first studio album was released on Feb.5, and surely didn’t disappoint.

Majid Jordan brings airy vocals and dreamy backgrounds together to create a unique blend that combines electronic and classic R&B beats, a hybrid between Miguel and Daft Punk.

Some of their best work on the self-titled debut album includes the drowsy-yet-upbeat track “Something About You,” “Every Step Every Way,” a mythical song with an infectious melody, and “My Love (feat. Drake),” featuring their mentor and label-head.

While Maskati and Ullman are becoming well-known for their suave vocals, they’re also smooth in the style department. Their signature look can best be described as Toronto-trendy, drawing inspiration from the city’s chic architecture and rugged street wear.

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Majid Al Maskati wearing 3.Paradis. Courtesy of complex.com

They’ve spotted wearing up-and-coming designer 3.Paradis in the music video for “My Love (feat. Drake),” as well as popular cool-guy brand Givenchy.

Before you diss R&B once and for all, trust everyone’s favorite Canadian (sorry Justin Bieber), and give Drake’s dreamy duo a shot.

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