Hip-Hop <3s Sade

From the no sh*t files: Hip-Hop loves Sade. Well, everyone in their right mind loves Sade. And New York Magazine's pop culture blog Vulture asked everyone from Talib Kweli to Freeway to Keri Hilson (I guess if you're using a loose definition of Hip-Hop she fits...) about their memories of the reigning Queen of Soul. Although all of the short quotes are worth a look, Rakim's is one of the best. Here's a taste:

"Being in the biz for about the same amount of time, I respect and try to emulate how she floats above the industry ... one of the few that can do things on her own terms, knowing her fans will watch out for her. To this day, she's one of the artists I can listen to with 100 percent admiration."

Missy Elliot says that her favorite Sade moment was "watching her sing 'Smooth Operator' live" because she sounds as flawless as on the studio recording.


All this, a patented CAPS LOCK excerpt from Kanye's blog, and more can be found in the nice tribute post on their blog. But let's pose the question here to you fellow SoulBouncers: What is your favorite Sade moment?

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6 Responses

  1. My favorite moment? I guess it had to be when I went to see her at Madison Square Garden during her "Stronger Than Pride" tour. Impeccable presentation, mood, sound and of course, she is quite possibly one of the most beautiful women I have had the opportunity to look upon in person! I remember particularly her performance of "Nothing Can Come Between Us" with the brother she did it with - WHOA! She and dude had the entire crowd singing, like a mantra: "It's about faith/It's about trust/Yeah, yeah!" over and over and over like some buddhist chant! It's was definitely one of those out of body experiences you hear people go one about. Just...Amazing!!!

  2. My favorite Sade moment was also at one of her concerts. I went to her last concert; Lovers Rock. And when she sang Kiss of Life I felt like I was in heaven. The song takes me away every time I hear it but live was absolutely incredible. Sade and the late Luther Vandross were two of the best concerts I've ever experienced.

  3. ......listening to Punch Drunk one night and realizing that the entire BAND is amazing.. to this day its one my favorite songs even though she doesn't sing a LICK!

  4. I last saw her in 2001 (or 2002) when India.Arie opened for her in Baltimore. It is amazing how soothing she is as a performer, even in a packed concert hall. Her performances of "Sweetest Taboo" and "Smooth Operator" are treasured memories. "King of Sorrow" became a favorite, too.
    I agree with NeeNee, she and Luther Vandross give/gave excellent concerts.

  5. 2001 I drove from Albuquerque NM to Pheonix Az to see her in concert--to tell the truth I would have walked

  6. listening to "smooth operator" for the first time at my childhood friend's apartment. his big brother had a monster collection of records (actual records btw) with all types of music i never heard before (beatles, fleetwood mac, marvin gaye and etc) and he put on sade. i sat in front of that system and kept rewinding trying to understand the theory of it all. listening to layering. how she didn't oversing. the spacing. for a kid, it was quite an education.