WATCH: Learn About The History Of Legendary Group The Soulquarians In New Animated Short

The Soulquarians created some of the modern era’s greatest recordings and shaped the sound of hip hop and R&B. Watch Pitchfork bring their story to life in a new creative short.

Back in 1998, Questlove, J Dilla, D’Angelo, and James Poyser founded the notorious hip-hop collective known as the Soulquarians. In a new six-minute animated short created by Pitchfork, learn the history of how the legendary group came to be.

These artists all had a strong desire to channel the aesthetic of music from the 60s and 70s into their present era of the late 90s. Their jam sessions, according to the short, captured the attention of other compatible musicians such as Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, and DJ Premier. The Soulquarians’ timeless music can be heard on multi-platinum albums such as D’Angelo’s Voodoo, Common’s Like Water For Chocolate, and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun.

Unfortunately, the group came to an end in 2000. However, as the short eloquently states, “The Soulquarians shined brightest as a constellation, a legacy that will continue to burn long after their individual light is extinguished.” Watch the creative short above.

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a 26-year-old writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I’m into spirituality, nature walks, music festivals, poetry, traveling without a destination in mind, painting, and discussing everything out of the ordinary with other curious minds. Also, I'm an INFP!

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