Monday, March 30, 2009

Whatever Happened To Jill Scott?!?

No, it ain't new. But nearly a decade after it's initial release of Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, this song still smells fresh to me. It also makes me wonder, just what the hell happened to Jill Scott?

Much like Vince Young, I feel like Jill Scott is a victim to the brilliance of her debut. Young set the NFL on fire his rookie season. He looked like "the next great thing". But expectations were raised so high, it was impossible for him to live up them. He could still pan out to be a perfectly good QB once healthy again, but folks will always look at his 1st year as a measuring stick. I think Jill Scott has a little Vince Young Syndrome going on.

I've got my flame retardant suit on, so feel free to blast me and remind me that "her subsequent albums were just as good", and that I'm "out of touch", and that I "don't even like R&B, so what would I know". Then kindly point me to a song as good as "The Way" on one of her subsequent albums, and shut me up. I double-dog-dare you. And yes, I'm intimately familiar with Jill's recent work. Perhaps too much so. AverageSis plays those CD's ad nauseum. Help me! keeps these in regular rotation. Perhaps that's the problem.

Yeah, I know about the divorce, the marriage, the baby, the HBO show, et cetera. But reality is, somewhere along the way, Jilly From Philly simply stopped making good music like this.

I sure wish she'd come back.

Question: What the hell happened to Jill Scott?

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