I’m in disbelief, ya’ll. Maxwell has finally released a new album after years of thirst trapping. Seven years ago, Maxwell (the mononymous singer who only needs one name because he’s so fine) released a very good album in BLACKsummers’night after an absence of 10 years. He promised us a trilogy. He promised that he’d release a new album soon. And then he went ghost again. I don’t believe in ghosts.
Understand that I am Maxwell’s biggest fan. I have loved his music since I picked up Now at my local library and ran to listen to his other music. The man is the way, the truth, and the finest falsetto of R&B. I know songs off Embrya, for God’s sake, which is the equivalent of the hidden level in his discography. He can have all my coins, among other things. My husband proposed to me with “Lifetime” playing in the background. It is “our song.” My husband jokingly refuses to let me go to a Maxwell concert solo because I might not come home. He is a wise man. I might not come home.
Maxwell is the king of long album lags.
I have been waiting impatiently for Maxwell to release another album since 2009. When I hopped late on Instagram in 2013, I was so excited that we could get 612×612 pixel windows into a celeb’s life. I followed Maxwell and that’s when the salt came. Maxwell flashed his gorgeous teeth and his pretty caramel tan in the Mediterranean. In the Caribbean. He took photos of rooftop parties and #nofilter azure skies. Maxwell posed with the panties of beautiful, racially ambiguous women atop his beautiful head. He teased us with snippets of stuff he was “working on.” Maxwell didn’t drop any albums. He dropped thirst traps for the Gram. He left us in a seven-year drought.
I still loved his music. You don’t quit a good man simply because he’s cheating on you with Instagram models, right? Maxwell knows who really loves him. Eventually he’ll come back to us and drop
the heaux a hot record. He bodied Alicia Keys on her own isht a few years ago with “The Fire We Make,” but no new album came. I wanted more baby-making music. Year after year passed. He promised us he’d return soon and very soon, and I wanted to trust him. I was forced to make a baby without a new Maxwell album. It was very, very hard, but I made do. But after a while, I stopped believing in him. He became my Frank Ocean, my Lauryn Hill, my Black neo-soul Jesus: will the second coming ever happen? I saltily predicted he’d give us another 10-year lag between albums.
When rumors surfaced of a new single in May, I didn’t study them. I joked with friends that I wouldn’t believe it until it was in my hand. I need to hear his honeyed tenor with my own ears. He put out “Lake by the Ocean” on Facebook Live while sitting on a bed crowded with stuffed animals. It was a solid single, a very “I don’t know exactly what a lake by the ocean means but I like it when he sings it” kind of Maxwell tune. But I said “Whatever, Maxwell,” about that alleged promised album on July 1. I didn’t dare get excited.
But today, my loves, TODAY! ShamamalamamalamalaBOSHA! Maxwell put out blackSUMMERS’night like he said he would. This almost makes up for the absolute tragic trash that 2016 has been to us. I haven’t even listened to the album yet. I already know it’s good; it’s Maxwell. He’s incapable of releasing bad music. He has risen from his bed of IG women to give us some music to go to bed with other people. It’s lit!
I don’t know if Maxwell will ever come through with the third part of that trilogy. Apparently, seven years to him is as one day. But today he has left the ranks of Lauryn and Frank and Lupe, that great pantheon of eclectic Black singers who refuse to bow to their clamoring fan base and produce on demand. I hope the sea, sun, and sand were good to him and it shows in every note. I hope many babies are made in his name (not me; I’m closing the factory)! I am geeked, I am grateful, I am Gucci Mane’s new body.
Maxwell released an album, y’all; it is a good day. Now let me go download that bit of R&B goodness and collect my blessing. Happy Friday!
Are you a Maxwell fan? Don’t answer that. Of course you are. What do you think of blackSUMMERS’night?