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Legendary singer/songwriter, Maxwell, celebrated his 25th anniversary album, Urban Hang Suite, with his very good friend Ryan Cameron on Majic 107.5/97.5 radio in Atlanta on Monday.

They discussed what the album meant at that time, and how it inspired the next generation of R&B.

Maxwell explained why he turned down a Verzuz battle against D'Angelo in March.

Maxwell said it "was a question of timing". He was also dealing with the loss of family members to Covid-19.

"I got love for my brothers and I know that the people needed something. I did my best and my best wasn't able to come through in that way," he said.

"So, I couldn't commit to it at the time, but I'm always open to doing anything I can to bring entertainment to the people that I love and respect who have made my life what it is for sure."

Maxwell told Ryan he got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine the day before the interview and he's still feeling the effects from the shot.

Listen to a snippet of the interview below.
 

Click here to hear the full interview. Maxwell and Ryan discuss:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic
  • If he's heard Tank's latest single, "Can't Let It Show"
  • Watching the Derek Chauvin trial
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    D'Angelo is the latest star to take part in the Verzuz livestream lip-sync series.

    The R&B singer/songwriter announced he will take on his "friends" - rather than a single competitor - in the Verzuz battle on February 27 at The Apollo Theater in Harlem.

    The 47-year-old Aquarius took to Instagram Live over the weekend to confirm his Verzuz appearance will precede a new album.

    "D'Angelo KNEW we been patiently waiting for a new album and not only were getting that were also getting #VERZUZ I'm so grateful," one fan wrote on Twitter.

    Another fan commented, "D’Angelo did an Instagram live confirming a new album and a Verzuz battle. I feel like this is a dream and I'm going to be p**sed when I wake up."

    Music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz launchd their online lip-sync battles as a way to pass the time during the Covid-19 lockdowns last year.

    The duo set up battles between stars including Snoop Dogg and DMX, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, and Monica and Brandy.

    D'Angelo toured briefly in 2015 after he released his last album Black Messiah in December 2014.