Maxwell Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Urban Hang Suite’ w/ WHUR!

Hey Live Squad!

Your Midday Love AutumnJoi Live had the opportunity to chop it up with Maxwell as he celebrated the 25th anniversary of Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite on Friday, April 2! Check out their EXCLUSIVE Candid Conversation and hear Maxwell’s reaction after AutumnJoi revealed that he received 2 NEW RIAA certifications on the same day of his anniversary!


Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite generated four hit singles: “…Til the Cops Come Knockin’,” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” “Sumthin’ Sumthin'” and “Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)” with different versions of the album’s songs appearing on a series of EPs. “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” has achieved RIAA platinum status while “Sumthin’ Sumthin'” has been certified RIAA gold.

Slow-but-steady in climbing the charts and making its impact, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suitebecame one of the most ubiquitously played albums of the year, eventually spending 78 weeks on the Billboard 200 and achieving RIAA double platinum status. Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite made the year-end Top 10 Best Albums lists in Time, Rolling Stone, USA Today and others while earning Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. With his debut album, Maxwell, an iconic singer-songwriter-performer, was redefining classic soul music for a new generation.

As Senior Vice President of A&R and Columbia Records, music industry veteran Mitchell Cohen signed Maxwell to the label in 1994 and remembers the first time he heard this music on an embryonic demo tape: “….it got under my skin; I heard echoes of music that I’d grown up with and loved, early Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, some of the great R&B and doo wop singers like Clyde McPhatter, Pookie Hudson and Lee Andrews. And the music was slinky and sexy. It made unexpected twists, had a seductive pulse. The tape said ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite,’ and I had no idea who this Maxwell was, but I thought I should find out…. He aimed for the platonic ideal of the record. And it came out as brilliantly as he’d hoped, an album that spoke to a new romanticism that had been missing in so much synthetic, inorganic R&B.”