Back in 1999, Miguel was already in training to become the freak-soul god he is today, as you'll hear on "U R on My Mind." Posted to Soundcloud last night (read Miguel's reminiscences on the track below), you'll hear the younger Miguel hit a distinctly Lauryn Hill sound. That lovesick vibe is compounded by a verse from Blu, rap's underground stalwart, and given a bubbling, spacey edge by producer Anthony Williams. Check that out below, then watch Miguel's "Waves" video from his excellent new album Wildheart.
“NEVER BEFORE RELEASED. Recorded this song sometime in the fall of 1999 with Blu and Anthony Williams. I was 14 years old, ha. This photo was taken around Halloween 2007. Waves - M”