Who says nice guys finish last, even in today's rougher-then-ever urban music world? Philly singer Musiq Soulchild
is something like the Theo Huxtable of R&B: a guy who politely chats up girls who plan to go to law school and make him a "Better Man." And you can still top the charts with those sentiments, especially when they're set to beguiling, Stevie Wonderesque grooves. Musiq who plays Fair St. Louis with newcomer Chrisette Michele opening did it just this year with his fourth solo album, Luvanmusiq
, making the label trade that sent him to Atlantic and overrated rapper Fabolous to Def Jam look pretty one-sided artistically, at least.