Musiq was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in a strict Haitian household. During his teenage years he built a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MCs free styling on the open mic circuit, scatting at jazz clubs or just performing an a cappella for strangers on the streets, which is where he got the name “Musiq” and later added “Soulchild”. He cites as his inspiration such icons as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway as his most influential musical icons. He dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music.
Musiq Soulchild released his debut album, Aijuswanaseing, in 2000. Its lead single was “Just Friends (Sunny)”. Musiq’s second single “Love” spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Musiq’s second album, 2002’s Juslisen, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum; it also debuted number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts. The singles were “Halfcrazy” and “Dontchange”, which were top tens.
In 2003, Musiq released his third album, Soulstar, which went gold. It included the singles “Forthenight” and “Whoknows”.
Musiq took a four-year break and changed his management to Solqi Management, as well as his record label from Def Soul to Atlantic Records.