Everybody’s favorite Uncle Charlie has delivered a new performance and schooled many on what true R&B sounds like. He reminded everyone that Charlie Wilson never left.
NPR kicked off its Black Music Month celebration with the performance. He started the show off strong with his single Charlie, Last Name Wilson. He then transitioned to Computer Love, with a message to the audience.
“I’ve been on a lot of records, I’ve sung a lot of duets in pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B,” he said. “But I bet you 90 percent of the people in this room don’t know I sang on this record right here.”
After singing songs like There Goes My Baby, Yearning Love, and more he took a break to talk to the audience. He shared that he was not only celebrating Black Music Month and 50 years of hip hop but something a little more personal.
“I went from rags to riches, riches to rags, then rags to the curb, the curb to homeless,” he said. “Because I was an alcoholic and a crack cocaine addict! But I’m 28 years clean and sober!”
NPR’s Black Music Month celebrations will continue throughout June with performances from Babyface, Adam Blackstone and more.