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"Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" is a 1996 song by the American R&B/neo soul singer Maxwell. Gonna take you in the room, sugar [6], Production assistance and instrumentation from such veteran session musicians contributed significantly to Urban Hang Suite's vintage overtones and classic R&B influences. [Bridge] [30] By 1997, the album had shipped one million copies, earning platinum status from the RIAA. The unexpected commercial and critical success of Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite helped establish Maxwell as a serious performer in the music industry. But more important, he can flat-out sing. [44] It was named the 20th best album of 1996 in the Pazz and Jop, an annual poll of American critics nationwide, published by The Village Voice. [48] For the record, Maxwell was nominated for the 1997 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album,[4] received three NAACP Image Award nominations,[44] and wins in the categories of Best Male R&B/Soul Album and Best Male R&B/Soul Single (for "Ascension"), as well as Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, for the 1997 Soul Train Awards. [2] Music journalists inferred that the album was inspired by or based on an unsuccessful affair in Maxwell's life. Maxwell ‎– Til The Cops Come Knockin Label: Columbia ‎– SAMPCD 3316, Columbia ‎– 11-003316-17 Format: CD, Single, Promo Country: Austria Released: 1996 Genre: Funk / Soul. 'Til the cops come knockin' Recording Industry Association of America, Pop View: Young Crooners Learn the Subtle Art of Seduction. Maxwell largely wrote and produced the album himself, recording in sessions at Electric Lady Studios, RPM, Sorcerer, and Chung King Studios in New York City, and CRC Studios in Chicago. Lyrics to 'Till The Cops Come Knockin'' by Maxwell. Maxwell performs in the music video "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'" from the album "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" recorded for Columbia Records. Maxwell ‎– Til The Cops Come Knockin' Label: Columbia ‎– COL 663179 2 Format: CD, Single Country: UK Released: 1996 Genre: Funk / Soul. A concept album,[1] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is a song cycle that focuses on an adult romance from first encounter to its dramatic conclusion. [2] The album was eventually released on April 2, 1996,[4] and was a slow performer commercially. Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? (Woo, come on) [27] That year, Rolling Stone voted him Best R&B Artist. [2], Maxwell's following studio albums were received less enthusiastically by critics, who were more critical of his songwriting on his next two studio albums, Embrya (1998) and Now (2001). "[40] Peter Shapiro was more critical, panning Maxwell's lyrics and calling the album an "overly mannered pastiche of early 70s soul ... all style and no substance". [56], Maxwell's role in writing and producing the album exhibited a level of artistic control by an R&B artist that was uncommon in the recording industry at the time. [28] Columbia reached a compromise with Maxwell and used a promotional shot of him as the back cover. ('Til the cops come, I'm gonna love you, baby) Gimme a call, it's cool, the M's all open Or were you embarrassed about the way you freaked. Watch the video for ...Til the Cops Come Knockin' from Maxwell's Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. [41] It was called a "masterpiece" by several reviewers who viewed it as a departure from the mainstream, hip hop-oriented R&B of the time. We're gonna be rockin', baby If it's alright, ooh It was not yet considered cool to look to the ‘70s for R&B inspiration, and Maxwell… [Chorus] "[3] In his book A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America (2006), Craig Hansen Werner lists Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite as important in neo soul, including it along with R. Kelly's R. (1998), D'Angelo's Voodoo (2000), the Young Disciples' Road to Freedom (1991), Aaliyah's self-titled final release (2001), Faith Evans' Keep the Faith (1998) and "anything by Seal" as among "the starter kit" for the genre. [3][4] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was produced primarily by Peter Mokran, who was credited as P.M., and Maxwell, who was credited as "MUSZE",[4] a play on the word muse. Till the cops come knockin Pappa gonna have to leave A message on the telephone baby There won't be no stoppin' me Till the cops come knockin' Six on a Thursday night And you be jonesin', baby For a brother to hold you tight And keep on goin' Last lover came and went Didn't even hug n' kiss you n' caress you Gimme a call it's cool the M's all open Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was not an immediate commercial success, but it was helped by the release of its second single "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" in July 1996, and the album eventually became a million-seller. After receiving a low-cost Casio keyboard from a friend, Brooklyn, New York-native Maxwell began composing material at age 17. Maxwell - ...Til The Cops Come Knockin` Lyrics. [3] Maxwell told Interview's Dimitri Erhlich that his main muse for Urban Hang Suite was women, and further elaborated on his inspiration, stating: I think creativity is innately feminine. [3] One sold-out concert at New York City's Radio City Music Hall was praised by Rolling Stone, who compared him to R&B singers such as Gaye, Prince, Frankie Beverly, and Luther Vandross. 'Til the cops come knockin' Maxwell Lyrics. [5], The album opens with an instrumental track, "The Urban Theme", which begins with the sound of a stylus dropping on a vinyl record. Wasn't it cool when I first kissed yo lips? [15] One critic attributes the tempo decrease to Stuart Matthewman's production. Lyrics to ''Til the Cops Come Knockin'' by Maxwell. (Make you feel so good, oh baby) [51], Along with musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell was credited with helping to shape the "neo soul" movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s. [Outro] Papa gonna have to leave We're gonna be rockin', baby [2] After earning a considerable reputation, Maxwell signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1994. Wasn't it cool when first I kissed your lips? Find out at which radio station you can hear MAXWELL - TIL THE COPS COME KNOCKIN' (LIVE MTV UNPLUGGED) MAXWELL - TIL THE COPS COME KNOCKIN' (LIVE MTV UNPLUGGED) - Listen on Online Radio Box This site uses cookies . [3] In Contemporary Musician (1998), Mary Alice Adams examined the personal impact of his debut album on listeners: To his fans, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite lures them into the heart of a romantic encounter that ends with a marriage proposal. Style: Soul, Neo Soul. Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl. If it's alright, ooh 'Til the cops come knockin'. [2] During the next two years, Maxwell wrote and recorded over three hundred songs and played frequently at small venues throughout New York City. [9] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite closes with the instrumental track "The Suite Theme". Gonna take you in the room, sugar Listen to Til The Cops Come Knockin' by Maxwell, 88,432 Shazams, featuring on ’90s R&B Essentials, and Neo-Soul Essentials Apple Music playlists. If it doesn't lend itself to your history, how is it going to extend to your future? [3] According to him, the R&B of the early 1980s contained "the perfect combination of computerized instrumentation with a live feel", and that the genre's dynamics later became lost due to the influence of hip hop on R&B. [21] Rolling Stone editor David Fricke compared the album's concept to that of Marvin Gaye's 1978 record Here, My Dear, which dealt with his divorce, saying that Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite had been reworked as a treatise on monogamy. (I wanna be) Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is the debut album by American R&B singer-songwriter Maxwell. [47], At the end of 1996, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite named one of the year's 10 best albums in lists published by Rolling Stone, Time, and USA Today. 1 Comment. [15] It also contains the sound of distant sirens and "grinding porn-movie" guitar licks. [32], Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite received positive reviews from critics. "Till The Cops Come Knockin'". [1], At 19, Maxwell began performing throughout the New York club circuit while supporting himself by waiting tables during the day. [3] According to some journalists, Maxwell's appeal to female fans was due to the respectful and sincere nature of his lyrics regarding women. 'Til the cops come knockin' [11] The term "neo soul" was penned in the late 1990s by record executive Kedar Massenburg, who managed both D'Angelo and Erykah Badu. Or were you embarrassed about the way you freaked? We're gonna be [30] It spent seventy-eight weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart,[31] while becoming a Top 30 chart hit in the United Kingdom. … [1] During the recording sessions, Maxwell worked extensively with collaborators, including Matthewman, soul singer-songwriter Leon Ware, and funk guitarist Melvin "Wah-Wah Watson" Ragin. He adopted his middle name as a moniker out of respect for his family's privacy. [54][55] However, in contrast to D'Angelo, Maxwell was more conventional in his approach on his debut album. [1][22] Maxwell said in an interview, "I'm so innately romantic and always have been, and I went through this particular romantic experience and based my album on that". [3] Already a fan of what he described as "jheri curl soul", which was the trademark of early 1980s R&B acts such as Patrice Rushen, S.O.S. Listen to Til The Cops Come Knockin' from Maxwell's The Legacy of Rn'B Slow Jamz for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Make you feel so good inside With Maxwell. [2], Maxwell also cited his grandmother and other West Indian women he knows as the inspiration behind his romantic notions. Didn't even hug and kiss and caress you Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? Tease you (Ooh, hoo, hoo) But what I'm talking about is not a person's 'female side' or 'male side'. [7], Although one of his earliest influences was early 1980s urban R&B,[1] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was inspired by the sounds and themes of classic soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and Prince . Lock you up and love for days The resulting music features a mellow, groove-based sound with elements of funk, jazz, smooth soul, and quiet storm. [7], Guitars: Wah Wah Watson, Stuart Matthewman, H and Maxwell Keys: Amp Fiddler, Federico Pena, Itaal Shur, David Gamson, Stuart Matthewman and Maxwell Bass: Mike Neal, Gary Foote, Jonathan Maron, and Stuart Matthewman Drums/Beatmachine: Gene Lake, Stuart Matthewman, Itaal Shur, Peter Mokran, David Gamson and Maxwell Percussion: Bashiri Johnson, Karl Vanden Bossche, Gregory Marsh Horns: The Beverly Soul Sextion Saxophone: Stuart Matthewman Trombone: Clark Gayton Trumpet: Kevin Batchelor French horn: Vincent Chauncey Cello: Erik Friedlander and Rufus Cappadocia Voices: Maxwell, Produced or co-produced by Maxwell (Maxwell) with Stuart Matthewman or Peter Mokran Additional production assistance: H (Mike Humphries), Wah Wah Watson (Melvin Ragin) and Itaal Shur Written by Maxwell or co-written with Hod David, Stuart Matthewman, Leon Ware, Itaal Shur or Melvin Ragin Recorded at Electric Lady (NYC), RPM (NYC), CRC (Chicago), Chung King (NYC), Sorcercer (NYC) Engineers: Mike Pela, Peter Mokran and Ed Tuton Assistant engineers: Michael Nuceder, Jamie Campbell, Brian "Mr. Bones" Kinkead, Phil Castellano, John Seymour and Ron Lowe Mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound (NYC) Art direction: Stacey Drummond and Julian Peploe Photography: Eric Johnson Photo assistance: Michael Stryder and Jamel A&R direction: Mitchell Cohen, Arranged and produced by MUZSE Mixed by Peter Mokran, Written and produced by Maxwell and Stuart Matthewman Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Leon Ware Produced by Maxwell Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Itaal Shir Produced by Maxwell Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Hod David Produced by Maxwell Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Hod David Produced by Maxwell and Peter Mokran Mixed by Peter Mokran, Written by Maxwell Produced by Maxwell and Peter Mokran Mixed by Peter Mokran, Produced by Maxwell Arranged by Maxwell and Federico Pena Mixed by Peter Mokran, ^shipments figures based on certification alone, "Sumthin' Sumthin'" was written by Maxwell and, The funk and gospel-influenced "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" was co-written by, Track listing and credits as per liner notes for Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite album. For a brother to hold you tight and keep on goin' [12] Critics have also noted Maxwell's falsetto singing voice,[13] and the music's atmospheric, funky instrumentation, featuring mellow horns, wah wah guitar, Rhodes piano and deep, articulate bass lines. Or were you embarrassed about the way you freaked? [10] Nick Coleman from The Independent later cited Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite as the "sexiest record of 1996",[49] while Q magazine called it "one of the very best R&B records of the '90s. [Chorus] 'Til the cops come knockin' [8][16] In an interview with music journalist Mark Coleman, Maxwell cited his respect for African-American women as the inspiration for the respectful nature of his lyrics towards women. "[39] Stylus Magazine ranked it at number six on their list of the Top Ten Albums from 1996. 'Til the cops come knockin' Till The Cops Come Knockin' Lyrics. [25] The song has been covered by gospel artists such as Londa Larmond and LaShun Pace. [2] Matthewman had previously worked with English R&B and jazz group Sade. 'Til the cops come knockin' I'm open (Wider than oceans), baby 'Til the cops come knockin' Well, I wanna hold you, I wanna know you baby, if it's alright [4] The song contains strong gospel overtones with references to God in the lyrics. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 Vinyl release of Til The Cops Come Knockin' (The Opus) on Discogs. [5] Columbia executives reluctantly gave Maxwell creative freedom in his contract and were hesitant to allow him produce the album alone. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 CD release of Til The Cops Come Knockin' The Opus on Discogs. (Let me rock you, baby; let me love you, baby, let me do it, darlin') 'Til the cops come knockin' Wasn't it cool when first I kissed yo lips? / Was it enough to penetrate your dark world? [22] The album's liner notes have a dedication from Maxwell to his "musze", stating "I could never have done this without you". Editors’ Notes Maxwell was only 23 when his debut was released in 1996, and it’s hard to overestimate the courage and maturity it took to create an album like Urban Hang Suite at that time. "What He Does Want Is to Make Beautiful Music". [3][10] He was described by critics as "part of a new generation of smooth soul crooners", and he obtained a reputation among fans as a sex symbol, which according to one journalist, was due to his "wild" afro and "extravagant cheekbones". "[23] The funk-influenced "Sumthin' Sumthin'", which was co-written by Leon Ware,[7] contains a strong, rhythmically tight groove created by the implementation of the "pocket" bass technique. Gonna take you in the room, sugar 'Til the cops come knockin' Columnist. Lock you up and love for days Six on a Thursday night and you be jonesin', baby [2] They assigned Chicago-based, English producer and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Matthewman to the project, but he only produced the first few tracks. Directed by Eric Johnson. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 CD release of Til The Cops Come Knockin on Discogs. "[13] Jim Farber of the New York Daily News called it "one of the few modern sex albums to offer a sense of succor",[42] and Urban Latino hailed it as "one of the most soulful releases of the year", writing that Maxwell exhibited "the soul of Curtis Mayfield, the poetics of Beni More and the stage presence of Michael Jackson, pre-Thriller". [13] Throughout, it examines the concept with lyrical themes of love, sex and spirituality,[19] as well as issues such as commitment, marriage and monogamy. We're gonna be Was it enough to penetrate your dark world? [1], Maxwell recorded his debut album between 1994 and 1995 at Electric Lady Studios, RPM Studios, Sorcerer Studios and Chung King Studios in New York City, and at CRC Studios in Chicago, Illinois. There won't be no [1][53] Along with D'Angelo's Brown Sugar (1995) and Badu's Baduizm (1997),[53] Urban Hang Suite has been recognized by writers for beginning neo soul's popularity and helping the genre obtain commercial visibility. [20] Maxwell has described the themes and his thoughts on romance as "idealistic" on Urban Hang Suite. 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[Verse 1] Well, I wanna hold you, I wanna know you baby, if it's alright Last lover came and went [Pre-Chorus] [8], Credits for Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite adapted from liner notes. There won't be no stoppin' me Maxwell – Till The Cops Come Knockin'. [16] "Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)" completes the album's concept of monogamy with lyrics depicting a marriage proposal from Maxwell. [27] The album's success also earned Maxwell his own MTV Unplugged special, which was a popular measure of mainstream success for recording artists in the 1990s. I'll be your lotion (I'll be your lotion) on your body 'Til the cops come knockin' [57] In Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003), writer Mark Anthony Neal cited the album as one of the most popular of neo soul recordings, along with Musiq Soulchild's Aijuswanaseing (2000) and India.Arie's Acoustic Soul (2001), that helped to redefine the boundaries and contours of black pop and R&B.[58]. [20] On April 20, it made its chart debut at number 38 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the United States. [1][25] On September 17, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 0 Tags. There won't be no [2] Maxwell made matters worse by refusing to allow his picture to be placed on the album's front cover; instead he preferred to have the track listing and other information he felt was more important about the album in place of his photo. 'Til the cops come knockin' Gonna take you in the room suga' Lock you up and love for days We're gonna be rockin' baby 'Til the cops come knockin' Papa gonna have to leave A message on the telephone baby There won't be no 'Til the cops come knockin' Please you, tease you, eat you Make you feel so good (Make you feel so good inside) Gonna take you in the room, sugar Wasn't it cool when I first kissed yo lips? Obviously women at 12 or 13 get either cursed or blessed with the fact that they're vessels for human life to come through. It's not about creating some super-fresh new thing. Was it enough to penetrate your dark world? Didn't you dig the way I rubbed your back, girl? A message on the telephone, baby Wasn't it cool when first I kissed yo lips. [Verse 2] [53] In commenting on the "new soul revival" in music, Maxwell told Entertainment Weekly in 1997 that "everything out there musically was inspired or influenced by something from the past. The success of Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite elevated Maxwell's reputation to that of a sex symbol and a notable performer in the music industry. [43] In American Visions, Michael George wrote, "In an age where young, black artists are criticized (often rightly so) for misogynistic lyrics, Maxwell's focus on commitment is refreshing. [26], After Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was completed,[3] the finished recordings were presented to Columbia Records in mid 1995. A message on the telephone, baby Maxwell's official music video for '...Til The Cops Come Knockin''. It was also a success with critics, who praised it as a departure from the mainstream, hip hop-oriented R&B of the time, while earning Maxwell several accolades and comparisons to soul singers of the past, particularly Marvin Gaye and Prince. Lock you up and love for days 'Til the cops come knockin' We're gonna be rockin', baby We're gonna be rockin', baby Gonna take you in the room, sugar [41] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau jokingly accused Maxwell of "expiring of Afrocentric texturitis",[45] while rating the album a "dud",[46] which indicated "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought". ...Til The Cops Come Knockin’ Lyrics: Didn't you dig the way I rubbed your back, girl? I wanna know you, baby (I wanna know you) [15] The songs "Whenever Wherever Whatever" and "Lonely's the Only Company (I & II)" are ballads that contain themes of vulnerability to love. Lock you up and love for days Gonna take you in the room, sugar "[44] In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Arion Berger later said, "[Maxwell's] laid-back romanticism has heat at its core and a powerful groove that grounds the music: By varying the push of the beat but retaining the central mellow vibe, Maxwell creates a sound as felicitous on headphones as it is in the bedroom. [3] Maxwell's performances continued to draw interest and increase the buzz about him, and he was called "the next Prince" by a writer from Vibe magazine who attended one of his shows. A concept album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was composed as a song cycle that focuses on an adult romance, based in part on Maxwell's personal experiences. About creating some super-fresh New thing in 1994 and 1995, then released on April,! 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