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YBF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Maxwell

Yesterday I had the fabulous opportunity to chit chat with the extremely talented sexiness that is Maxwell.  And before I could even drop my "stan moment" on him telling him how much of a fan I was, he was divulging his love for YBF for the past 4 years...and the readers.  He had me at "I mean, I've had my foolywang moments too."  Yes, ladies, he's just as charming, genuine, and engaging as his voice makes us believe on any of his songs.  After some serious chit chat about nothing music related and everything admiration related, we got down to business.  Check out the interview:

Natasha/YBF: First of all Maxwell, people are wondering what happened at Essence Fest? {laughs} The Superdome was packed waiting for you to headline and it took a LONG time for your set to start. No one knew if you were going to show up. {laughs} Maxwell: Oh no! {laughs} What was I supposed to do—tell the great Anita to get off the stage? {laughs} She taught me how to sing. Gotta let her do what she do, you know? And then on our end, we had technical difficulties and were really trying to get out there as soon as possible. I knew it wasn’t the MAXWELL Fest, it was just things happening out of my control. And it was definitely all good once your set started. So, what made you decide to make another album after you’ve been away so long? I was working on it all through those years. “Pretty Wings” even started in 2002. You always have to wait for life to inspire you. You know, I got involved in a relationship that spurred up some stuff. So I wanted to write about it. When you look at the music world, our energy is coming back and coming together again. Music execs vs. artists is the way it was when I left. People were at odds and things like that. But now we’re back. And I enjoyed my time away. I actually had time to myself. I mean, I applaud the people who do music and movies and books and fashion lines—I’m just not that guy. {laughs} I just stick to what I do best. And I’m so grateful people waited. Women love your songs, especially the YBF women. How is it that you manage to connect with them so easily? Well I got a little doggy dog in me too. {laughs} I throw a bit of it in my show. But as for the music, you don’t want to put anything in music that is dated. So when you’re ready to release it, you still want it to have legs. I try to do things that are timeless. It’s not about trends, or the era, or what’s “in” at the moment. Read the Rest--Maxwell talks about which young artists he has admiration for, his muse, his inspirations...and of course, a peek into his intimate love life.

Why the name BLACKsummer’snight for this album? We wanted to maintain respect of the trilogy. So each album has its own persona. BLACKsummer'snight: This album is more of a heartbreak record--it shows the darker side of love.  Addiction to another, heartbreak, those things.  BlackSUMMER'Snight will be more upbeat.  It's a futuristic and gospel mix.  Different.  And Blacksummer'sNIGHT--that one has that soul and sexy feel. Like you put it on at night and just… handle your business. If you don’t want have a baby, just don’t listen. {laughs} Do you feel the quality of R&B is what it use to be, or is it different? Yeah, it’s different. I don’t want to be the old crotchety saying “everything’s not how it used to be”. We used samples and stuff too, but overall, every generation has their right to graffiti stamp the music scene how they desire. It’s really not about the initial takeoff of one’s career. It’s about the maintenance. I get excited seeing how [the artists] continue. Look at Michael Jackson. He was the star in the Jackson 5, but then his voice gets deep and people wonder if he’ll be able to continue. And then, we got MICHAEL JACKSON. The adult. It’s amazing. Speaking of Michael, how are you dealing with his untimely death? It’s all I listen too right now. ALL I listen to. I’ve actually OWNED his albums since I was little. Plus I just bought out ITunes these past couple weeks for all his music. {laughs} Which other artists do you enjoy? I still love Rihanna, Ryan Leslie, The Dream. Dream and Ryan are both extremely talented writers and producers. I love what those brothers are doing. I got to talk to Beyonce at Essence Fest in New Orleans a few weeks ago and I was just so amazed at her professionalism. Such a talented woman. On the rock side of things: I like Radiohead, Fleet Foxes--their harmonies are amazing—I like Santogold. Wow—I’m definitely a fan of Santogold as well. Crazy different sound that I can appreciate. Yes! I love her. She’s a beautiful black woman that’s not doing what you would expect. I love that. Speaking of beautiful black women, I remember seeing you in pics at events with a particular beautiful black woman. She’s a model and you definitely looked to be in a relationship. {laughs hard} Wow. I mean, yes. There were “relationships”. I don’t want to sound like a dog here. {laughs} I don’t want to use relationships as publicity stunts. I try to keep it away from my music life. It’s tough to keep things solid though in this industry. All because the world is your girlfriend—I’m married to the world when it comes to my music. I feel like, a responsibility to it, and to the people who hold a torch for what I do. People have been so patient and kind to me. I’m happy though—to still be relevant. As an entertainer do you feel it’s difficult to maintain some form of normality in your past/current/future relationships?

Well I’m definitely grounded. We were on welfare growing up. I was born in Brooklyn. And my parents are immigrants. Every single day we had to build up what we had. Money, food, everything. There’s no way I can get souped up. There’s just no way. I feel like I’m just keeping the seat warm for the next artist. In my time away, I really had the opportunity to learn who I was. Let me tell you about this one girl. A girl I met in the club a while back. She asked her friend “Hey, who is that?” Her friend said, “Oh that’s Maxwell, he used to be famous in the 90’s.” Woooooow. Oh my gosh! Natasha I kid you not! {laughs} She said “Ok cool.” And then she came up and asked me out. I loved that she wanted to come up and talk to me even though she perceived me—well, according to her friend—as a has been. It just wasn’t about that. And I got to be myself. Somebody was meeting me and speaking to me based on me—not me as an artist. I really appreciated that. She ended up being my muse for my albums. Oh man you’re like Barbara Walters trying to get me to cry over here...{laughs} No no no. Never that. So more about this muse, what really inspires you to sing/write certain songs? Inspiration—it’s as simple as living. Everyone’s looking for love and want to get married and all that. For the last 7 years, I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with that. And I didn’t have to deal with the celebrity of it all or in the spotlight. A lot of people change when the spotlight is on them. Guards go up and you can’t be you. It’s hard to have a real life and relationship. It kept me humble to wonder if I even had a career waiting for me when I did return. I never thought—“Yeah I got this”. I always stayed inspired. My time away really gave me that—I got to live life and be inspired. And you know, I’m 36 now. I have to act like I’m 36 and am not going to be anything I’m not. And I love when there are 17 year old people in the audience saying they just bought my album. I’m 36 and still have the ability to connect. That’s incredible. What is it that you want to tell your YBF fans? THANK YOU. What they do for me, giving me the respect of space as a person and not vilifying me, it means the world to me. There’s nothing harder in the world to be than an African American woman. My mom is the most beautiful example. I saw her go to school, raise a kid, work, everything by herself. To all those readers—keep holding us down and getting us right—us men—when we act crazy. {laughs} Maxwell's album BLACKsummer'snight is available everywhere now and is currently sitting at #1 on the Billboard and R&B charts.

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I absolutely love reading

I absolutely love reading this interview. Thanks for posting it! :-)
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Oh I love this article.

Oh I love this article. Maxwell can sing! He makes my heart melt everytime I see him. I love Fistful of Tears!
Susan's picture

I am going to go ahead and

I am going to go ahead and co-sign every single post. MAXWELL IS THE TRUTH!! Tasha you did your thing with the interview. It was excellent!
Nicky B.'s picture

Loved the interview with

Loved the interview with Maxwell. Delighted to see he's still got that sexy sexy while keepn it real. I admire his honesty and humility a true gentleman....the cd's got such a emotional groove. Is that Sweetback I here backing him?
Goddess3000's picture

I love, love, love this man!

I love, love, love this man! He came to PHX a month ago and performed his butt off..Max, please continue to visit AZ, it's been way too long!
Shantel's picture

I could not leave the site

I could not leave the site without sharing my love for Maxwell(And I never post comments on sites!). Natasha great interview! Maxwell is my all time favorite artist. The effect his music has on me is indescribable! I have been to two of his concerts and ended up in a week long trance! Maxwell please come back to Philly,preferably the Tower Theater because it is so intimate. Maxwell keep doing what you are doing. There is a pureness in you that comes through in your music that no one else has! Can't wait til the SUMMER and NIGHT come out. Peace, Love and Balance in all that you do!
BlackQueen's picture

Can someone share these

Can someone share these pictures Natasha is talking about? The ones with him and the model? Just curious. Anyway, nice interview. <3 Maxwell. ;-)
Michelle D.A.'s picture

I hope people will go out

I hope people will go out there to support Maxwell. I mean, a lot of people support many artists out there, and their music is just trashy, and to have an artist who takes his time, actually has songs that makes sense, and a true talent. It seems very down to earth, and humble. Let's go out there, and support real music.
Cece's picture

I love Maxwell. He's the

I love Maxwell. He's the definition of a true talent and artist. I'm excited he's back. I'm young, but the music out there does not appeal to me at all. His voice is unique, and his music is classic. I just hope these young artists can learn that it's not only about singing how you want to get you some, or singing about the girl's body, or just sex, but it's about romance. I respect Maxwell and M.J., R.I.P, they both have a way of singing about a woman without having to mention sex.
Cece's picture

Commuted to Columbus,OH to

Commuted to Columbus,OH to see Maxwell excellent show, awesome performer! Only wished he had sang my favorite "Fistfull of Tears!"
Shonee's picture

I heart Maxwell. Been a fan

I heart Maxwell. Been a fan for years. True artistry. Take the time to produce music that will span for years!!!!Nice interview Tash! I'm with Maxwell on the Michael Jackson thing, besides his new album in my car, Mike's all I've been listening to. I can't wait for the next two albums, especially the last one. ***Wink Wink***
Tiffany's picture

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU MAXWELL!!!!! *SCREAMS*
chaka1's picture

I absolutely LOVE this man!!

I absolutely LOVE this man!! I think his humility is outstanding and his talent is priceless! I've enjoyed two recent events with him and neither left me disappointed! He is the man!
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THEpyt: Sigh…Maxwell can

THEpyt: Sigh…Maxwell can get it…I’m 23 but he can get it…in church on Easter Sunday (lol…sue me) LAWD have mercy GIRL DONT PLAY! Im 18 and this man can get get get it on the other side of the priest confessional booth, Im tellin' ya! Haha And I agree with Lucida, not ONE hater and we all know how many haters love to surf around the YBF. Goes to show because hes down to earth unlike KANYE, sorry to call you out bro but Ye you need an ego check.
ashleigh's picture

I've been loving Maxwell

I've been loving Maxwell something terrible since 1997. Now at 28... All my friends and family know who Mrs. M is... lol I love his album.. talk about good music coming at the right time. Needless to say it's on heavy rotation in my car. I can't wait till the NIGHT part of the trilogy comes out. SEXY TIMEs.. Until then, I be jamming to my fav song on this album BAD HABITS!!! Smooches
BklynLove's picture

i LOVE maxwell. even though

i LOVE maxwell. even though i'm only 17 years old, his music inspires me to do so much. i copped his album too. its FANTASTIC!!!! can't wait for the next 2...
danielle's picture

*Deeply sighs* I just fell in

*Deeply sighs* I just fell in love a little bit. Maxwell is so sexy and down to earth. He would be one of the top people I would like to talk too. Nice interview, Tasha. The CD is wonderful and wishing him much much more success. Truly a talented and down to earth brother that proves good music never goes out of style if you stay true to yourself, he is truly working on his craft and surpassing it! He truly does show love to the black woman, mmmmm...I may be 23 but I will still hop on that and show him somethings I don't even know about yet...lol. Huge hugs and :)
binky's picture

Wow! Not one nasty comment.

Wow! Not one nasty comment. That proves what a genuine person Maxwell seems to be. Love you Fistful of tears pretty wings awww hell, the whole damn CD is good.
Lucida's picture

I WAS AT ESSENCE and I was

I WAS AT ESSENCE and I was one of those angry women in the crowd waiting for Maxwell to come on so I am glad you cleared that up :) However, when he did come on, he delivered, I was happy to be there..
SG's picture

Wonderful interview-I really

Wonderful interview-I really caught a glimpse of Maxwell's personality. He is a phenomenal artist and I hope he has nothing but continued success!!
Caila K's picture

This was a great interview!

This was a great interview! He's so humble, down to earth, and he appreciates his fans which are qualities you don't see very much in some of today's artists with their egos. Also congrats to him for selling 300,000 copies this week. That is incredible and just goes to show you people miss quality music and will support it.
Focused1's picture

The interview shows you just

The interview shows you just how real he is. Stay humble like that Max, your music is art, and you are lovely. SB
SweetBrown's picture

Sigh...Maxwell can get

Sigh...Maxwell can get it...I'm 23 but he can get it...in church on Easter Sunday (lol...sue me) LAWD have mercy
THEpyt's picture

OMG i love Maxwell, his

OMG i love Maxwell, his album, the interview... not only are his songs awesome but he seems like a great person. Very humble, admits he's human like the rest of us and has his own flaws which makes me love him more and more. He could be like a Kanye but he's not that why we love him. Im so happy his album was number one and much deserved. I was at first disappointed that it was only 9 songs but i figured that i rather 9 quality songs then 10-15 filler songs, plus his 2 more albums to come in the next 2 years. Congrats to him and much success.
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I am LOVING the cd but I was

I am LOVING the cd but I was ticked about it only have 9 songs.lol Tracks Bad Habits and Fistful of tears are my FAVS!! I was at the concert in NO and I was NOT going anywhere until he hit the stage by the time the show ended I was on the front row it was so empty..lol
GiGi's picture

Love Maxwell..."This woman's

Love Maxwell..."This woman's work" still gets me horny everytime I hear it :-)
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SiZtaAct: He said his

SiZtaAct: He said his parent were/are immigrants… what’s his heritage? Anybody know?! His mother is Haitian and his father was Puerto Rican... His father died in a plane crash when he was three.... As far as the interview and Blacksummer'snight..... APPLAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bad Habits will be a death of me and I can not stop listening to that damn song... I had no problem with it only being nine songs on the cd.... I would rather have a cd with nine good songs instead of a cd with 16/17 tracks and three forths of them are crap.... I Love You Maxwell.... great interview by the way
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Great interview Natasha!! I

Great interview Natasha!! I love some Maxwell! Saw him in concert and fell in love even more!
Purple Ladybug's picture

I love how only the women are

I love how only the women are commenting. LOL Maxwell is one lucky fellow. Thanks Natasha for a great interview. I simply adore Max and his music.
LuckyMeRockStarChica's picture

I LOVE Maxwell...He is a true

I LOVE Maxwell...He is a true talent....BLACKsummersnight is Awesome....I still listen to Urban Hang suite like it came out yesterday...Loves it!!! Timeless.....
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Love You MAXWELL!!! Thank

Love You MAXWELL!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and energy with us!!! Great interview Natasha. >>>When is the 'BAD HABITS' video coming out? I am lovin' this song, especially since I living out my own 'bad habits'...I know it will be fab as long as Maxwell's pretty face is in it!!! >>>I saw Maxwell's performance at the Essence Fest and he was Phenomenal....Classic...his band was divine...It was difficult to sing along to my favorite song from being in a trance from watching his performance!!! I will see him AGAIN! >>>My favorite MAXWELL SONGS: *Submerge: Til We Become the Sun *Know These Things: Shouldn't You *Get To Know Ya' *Bad Habits *Pretty Wings ...and all of the others... Love you Maxi...don't Ever change 'your style'...
deLis's picture

I love me some him!!! so

I love me some him!!! so humble and down to earth--Saw him here in Memphis in November and want him to come back ASAP... I apologized to my husband a trillion times at the concert LOL kept grooving dancing dang near passed out--the Hubs was cool tho--he know I've been a Maxwell stan since the beginning..
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LEILA: Im loving all this

LEILA: Im loving all this Maxwell love, he deserves it more than almost everyone in the business. Keep supporting Maxwell, hes a real brother. I remember a while ago looking at all these music videos with black males and latina women or white women and not feeling really adequate ( i was much younger, didnt really understand the whole self-esteem/self love thing) and then I saw a Maxwell video with all the beautiful sisters, chocolate, caramel ALL OF THEM! And I felt so appreciate, haha. He shows black women som real love so we love him back! Keep doing you Max, we adore you Amen LEILA!!!! I believe your referring, maybe specifically to his videos for "Matrimony: Maybe You" & "Let's Not Play the Game" from "The Best Man" Soundtrack that video is probably my fav Maxwell video, soo many sistahs of all flavors and complexions and the male cast of The Best Man, Morris, Taye, Terrance are all in the video as well, I also love the video for "Sumtin' Sumtin'" it's laid back and has an easy feel to it and I love that his leading lady in the video was model Chrystele Saint-Louis Augustin from Martinique & France, Maxwell always represents us proudly. BC
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leah: I EFFING LOVE

leah: I EFFING LOVE MAXWELL. I SWEAR IM HALF HIS AGE BUT I LOVE WHAT HE DOES, LORD HAVE MERCY IF ONE MAN IN THIS ENTIRE WORLD COULD GET IT THAT WOULD BE MAXWELL. HIS VOICE, HIS FACE, EVERYTHING MMMH. HE COULD SING ME THE ALPHABETHE’S INTELLIGENT/INTELLECTUAL , RESPECTFUL, TALENTED, AND BEAUTIFUL. God was showing off when he created him. Keep up the amazing work Maxwell, BLACKsummersnight is THE album! Keeps me on the edge waiting for more yet satisfies me. *dead* smh... *deader* :lol:
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Foley: I EFFIN LOVE YOU

Foley: I EFFIN LOVE YOU MAXWELL!!!!!Fistful of tears is my . You a MESS, Foley!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: Lawd, if I wasn't married...smh...if I wasn't married... ;-)
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Lavender- Its a different

Lavender- Its a different world ohh than where you come from: I love Maxwell and i finally get to go home. Good night and good weekend ladies. If you dont have this album you better cop it. straight baby making music. Im about to try for twins ***Twinkle*** Adios Girl my twins poppin out on 9/19/09...and please believe Maxwell was part of the baby makin lineup that night...hell..."Stop the World" finna make me "pregnanter"..LMAO!!!
(insert witticism here) aka Chloe aka Maxwell Stan #1's picture

Maxwell, I have been a fan

Maxwell, I have been a fan for a while, it's hard to chose just one song but I fell in love with Pretty Wings when I heard the snippet. I love "Bad habits" and "Playing Possum" also " HElp Somebody".....its the whole album. It's addictive, lol!
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I love Maxwell and i finally

I love Maxwell and i finally get to go home. Good night and good weekend ladies. If you dont have this album you better cop it. straight baby making music. Im about to try for twins ***Twinkle*** Adios
Lavender- Its a different world ohh than where you come from's picture

Foley: I EFFIN LOVE YOU

Foley: I EFFIN LOVE YOU MAXWELL!!!!!Fistful of tears is my favorite song. I envy you Foley not for being first but being allowed to comment at the time. Dang finally i get to say something so i'll shout and repeat you loud and proudly "I EFFIN LOVE YOU MAXWELL" That interview was great. Too bad we couldnt hear him speak.
Lavender- Its a different world ohh than where you come from's picture

Wise. He's the type of

Wise. He's the type of person who can step back and evaluate themselves to become a better person and in turn a great Artist.
Creamypeach's picture

I can feel his lips moving as

I can feel his lips moving as he speaks Im such a dayum Fan ! His songs where the story of my love life back when he first came out,I was young and hopelessly in love with a pure look alike of Max. I can tell you my emotions, my style of dress with each one of his songs gpes with various emoitons I was having at the time. Love Jones for his Songs
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i have chills reading this!

i have chills reading this! i'm such a fan of maxwell - he has that cool, sexy vibe that Marvin Gaye gave our parents in the 60s/70s...maxwell, glad you had a good vacation (without me, i might add!) and even happier you're back! when he comes back to the bay, i'm there... gotta go pick up his new album today...i've been living off NOW for a while, and that album still holds my heart... sigh.
pgrip's picture

that was a great interview.

that was a great interview. for a minute i stopped being bitter against men/dating lol :)
Leah's picture

Hello: Sounds like Maxwell

Hello: Sounds like Maxwell made you moist too. lolYou are in love. I love me some Maxwell!Make sure you check his show!! Oh for sure honey! Im head over heels in the least stan-ish way possible LOL! I would LOVE to check out his show, I rarely EVER go to concerts because theres not that many musicians I love but when he hits up TORONTO, I'll be the first, maybe second, person there. COME BACK TO TORONTO MAXWELL, I MISSED THE OCTOBER CONCERT. You've got some YOUNG BLACK AND ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS girls waiting to have a live experience dressed to the nines! haha
leah's picture

Hello: Sounds like Maxwell

Hello: Sounds like Maxwell made you moist too. lolYou are in love. I love me some Maxwell!Make sure you check his show!! Oh for sure honey! Im head over heels in the least stan-ish way possible LOL! I would LOVE to check out his show, I rarely EVER go to concerts because theres not that many musicians I love but when he hits up TORONTO, I'll be the first, maybe second, person there. COME BACK TO TORONTO MAXWELL, I MISSED THE OCTOBER CONCERT. You've got some youngins waiting to have a live experience haha
leah's picture

Yess!! Thanks Natasha for

Yess!! Thanks Natasha for fixing this post! I wanted to tell Maxwell how sexy and seductive he is! I loved this interview and I love the album! Maxwell is so genuine and talented and his voice and songs make me moist! LOL! We thirst for talent like Maxwell's.
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I love me some him and I so

I love me some him and I so love his swagger
Nic's picture

PS: MAXWELL ISNT MARRIED,

PS: MAXWELL ISNT MARRIED, LOL. Oh hell no, I know a ton of women would be up in fists haha! But no, he isn't.
LEILA's picture

Oh and major biggups to

Oh and major biggups to Natasha for an EXCELLENT interview! The questions were on point!
Cali Coltrane's picture

Im loving all this Maxwell

Im loving all this Maxwell love, he deserves it more than almost everyone in the business. Keep supporting Maxwell, hes a real brother. I remember a while ago looking at all these music videos with black males and latina women or white women and not feeling really adequate ( i was much younger, didnt really understand the whole self-esteem/self love thing) and then I saw a Maxwell video with all the beautiful sisters, chocolate, caramel ALL OF THEM! And I felt so appreciate, haha. He shows black women som real love so we love him back! Keep doing you Max, we adore you
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