Flashback Friday: India.Arie and Skillz

I’ve been offline for a couple of hours, any new politicians pop up wearing blackface while I was gone?

This week was a LOT playa.

Music, be our therapy.

acoustic soul

India Arie, Acoustic Soul (2001)

Next week this time we’ll likely be enjoying India’s latest LP. In the meantime, I figured we’d go back and revisit the record that started it all. Acoustic Soul was one of the most celebrated albums of the neo-soul revolution of the early 00s.  It’s really ahead of its time – the social commentary and odes to blackness are tailor-made for today’s conscious climate.

Also check out:


“Brown Skin”

the million dollar backpack

Skillz, The Million Dollar Backpack (2008)

And y’all just thought my man did end-of-the-year Rap Ups? Skillz is a veteran MC with a vastly underrated catalog. I loved his ’08 offering, which featured some of my favorite tracks from him. He’s one of the game’s finest lyricists.

Also check out:

“Don’t Act Like You Don’t Know,” featuring Freeway

“Hold Tight,” featuring Black Thought 

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.



  1. I once read India’s voice described as a big, warm hug and I can’t think of anything more perfect. Her singing just makes me feel safe.

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