He told “The Breakfast Club Morning Show” interview why exactly he switched up his style of music, but it’s not for the reason people may think.
He didn’t switch up because R&B isn’t as popular as it used to be; he didn’t switch up because he’s part of the Illuminati; but he’s seriously wanted to express himself in a new space in music — outside of the box he was in for more than a decade.
He decided to present himself to the world as The Husel, “because I feel it’s only right. I’m an artist and that’s what I’m doing right now. I figured y’all might dig it, and if you don’t, it ain’t for you.”
As for the name The Husel being a state of mind, he added, “somebody is paying attention! I’ve explained this before; everybody in this room right now is on their hustle, right? I’m making soundtrack music for people like us. It’s as simple as that.”
The response to him changing up his styled has been split. Some are feeling it and some are not. The fans and critics who are not feeling his new musical direction have been shading him all over social media, which he finds hilarious. But also, he’s gotten some love.
“It’s 50/50. Actually, I get a lot of love from people who never really rocked with Musiq Soulchild,” he said. “You know they heard about me but never really, really got into it but now that I’m doing this they’re like, ‘Yo! I’ve been waiting on you to do something like this.’ But then on the other side is like, ‘Bruh…’ they won’t give me no chance at all! Like I’ve been called all types of stuff.”
As for R&B, he believes in the genre, but he acknowledged pop and hip-hop music genres are the most popular as of now — leaving his old genre of R&B in the dark.
“As far as numbers go and the state of the industry, radio and all the industry jargon and all that talk, yeah it’s not as popping as it used to be. A lot of people are gravitating towards Hip-Hop or a more pop. Real singing and real songwriting, real arrangements, real musicians and real performances. I’m not saying there aren’t people out there who aren’t interested in it, it’s just the people I know who are dope, you don’t hear too much about it on the radio.”
He added, “this isn’t knocking anybody that’s winning. I congratulate anybody that’s doing it because it’s hard enough to even be recognized in this big world being somebody, anybody doing anything. Coming from a culture of music where people really cared about if you could sing or if you could write really good songs, if you could really move them emotionally with music, I don’t really feel like that’s a top priority right now.”
Watch the full interview below: