November 22, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Daniel Caesar makes R&B that sounds like a dream, ebbing and flowing between waves of gospel eloquence, alternative experimentation, and pop ambition. This outlier presentation established him as a pioneering force on 2017’s Freudian. The breakout album yielded the smash, “Best Part” [feat. H.E.R.], which not only garnered a 2018 GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best R&B Performance,” but it also clocked half-a-billion cumulative streams. Also anchored by “Get You” [feat. Kali Uchis] (225 million Spotify streams), “We Find Love” (63 million Spotify streams), and “Hold Me Down” (49 million Spotify streams), the total tally on Freudian surpassed 1 billion within just two years—all independently. At the JUNO Awards, it took home “R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.” Meanwhile, he attracted further praise from Pitchfork, NPR, and more. Between multiple number ones and sold out shows everywhere, Caesar emerged as an undeniable presence.