Meshell Ndegeocello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.
Lauren Onkey | February 10, 2021
Meshell Ndegeocello's Tiny Desk (home) concert feels like a narrative film. Shot in vivid black and white, the concert includes songs from throughout her career framed by her thoughts on the importance and influence of James Baldwin: "He deserves flowers every day. Most of all because he was willing to discuss things that were painful, hard to look at, hard to see, hard to accept."
That description also applies to Ndegeocello's inventive and challenging work on display here. She opens with "Step Into the Projects" from her 1993 debut album, Plantation Lullabies, transformed from its original funky groove into a stark spoken word piece. "Price of the Ticket," with her longtime guitarist Chris Bruce, is from Ndegeocello's recent project, Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin, "a 21st century ritual toolkit for justice" inspired by Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.
She moves next from these songs about communal life to two that dig into internal turmoil. "Forget My Name" from Comet Come To Me (2014) is stripped down from its original reggae arrangement and lays bare the haunting imagery in the lyrics. "Fool of Me," from her acclaimed album Bitter (1999), ends the set with just vocals and guitar. This is one of the most intimate, focused and intense Tiny Desk concerts you'll find.
"Step Into the Projects"
"Price of the Ticket"
"Forget My Name"
"Fool of Me"
Meshell Ndegeocello: vocals, bass
Chris Bruce: guitar
Video: Chris Bruce, Meshell Ndegeocello and Morley Kamen
Audio: Chris Bruce and Meshell Ndegeocello
Producer: Abby O'Neill
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. sleepbaby17
    10 uur geleden

    I am just over hear just bawling my little eyes out.... lol

    Dag geleden

    Only 12 minutes! Thumbs down.

  3. Terry Arnold
    Terry Arnold
    2 dagen geleden

    What a wonderful performance by Meshell Ndegeocello and her guitarist Chris Bruce. There are those rare special artists that just seem to have a unique and personal way to connect to an audience, and this demonstrates beautifully that musical art is still alive and well. Heartfelt, intimate and as welcoming as an old friend, just fabulous and thank you so much for posting.

  4. Ashley McCann
    Ashley McCann
    2 dagen geleden

    Iโ€™ve loved this woman FOREVER!!!! This was a blessing! ๐Ÿ–ค

  5. Brice I.
    Brice I.
    3 dagen geleden

    One of the most beautiful voice. She's not looking for power, she's not looking to impress, but just the right tone for sweetness, beauty and intimacy. I am quite surprised to see that finally, there are not so much female singers trying to work in that direction of beauty of the sound of their voice, just like "crooners". Mamma Cass had that too.

  6. Elizabeth Myles
    Elizabeth Myles
    3 dagen geleden

    Same beautiful voice no different from back in the day๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜˜

  7. Nelda Mayfield
    Nelda Mayfield
    3 dagen geleden

    LAWD....NOT FOOL OF ME!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  8. Nelda Mayfield
    Nelda Mayfield
    3 dagen geleden

    I'm so happy right now!!!

  9. Kathie Mosby
    Kathie Mosby
    3 dagen geleden

    Your music has brought me so much comfort, joy, even insight. This concert was like reconnecting with an old friend.

  10. Kim A
    Kim A
    3 dagen geleden

    Meshelleโ€™s voice is so soothing

  11. shaun ross
    shaun ross
    4 dagen geleden

    I need this to be longer. I need Meshell 24/7

  12. Tajma Cameron
    Tajma Cameron
    4 dagen geleden

    Such an incredible talent โคโคโค

  13. Genine Singleton
    Genine Singleton
    5 dagen geleden

    Omg I love you guys your my favorites ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ”ฅโฃ๏ธIโ€™m gonna do the cover I play the keyboard. Check me out like in a week, on my NLlike channel. Genine Singleton itโ€™s new.

  14. Paul Siegel
    Paul Siegel
    5 dagen geleden

    So deep and beautiful,.

  15. EM Roll
    EM Roll
    5 dagen geleden

    All you ever need is to simply see her NAME and your back IMMEDIATELY straightens with mental Anticipation of the revelatory extensions, interpretations of the Black Experience, the Black Reality & Love. Almighty be Praised for using her as a Chosen Vessel. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

  16. Antonio Sadler
    Antonio Sadler
    5 dagen geleden

    A Go-Go Legend in DC. Not Maryland, not Virginia....DC. HOMEGROWN

  17. DMG Soul'togetherness
    DMG Soul'togetherness
    6 dagen geleden

    "PLANTATION" one of the most insanely perfect albums ever..start to finish.."here i sit outside your door".."talk to me".......๐Ÿฅฐ

  18. ortem000
    6 dagen geleden

    I felt this. Wonderful. Thank you.

  19. Terrie Dixon
    Terrie Dixon
    6 dagen geleden

    Oh my Gaaaaaawd ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  20. Iluvthatfeelgudmusic
    6 dagen geleden

    No words can explain. I want to be selfish and have her enlighten me all day. All love, always. Thank you Meshell Ndegeocello ๐Ÿค—

  21. Kams Fox
    Kams Fox
    6 dagen geleden

    Her voice makes me forget all my troubles

  22. Ang Gee
    Ang Gee
    6 dagen geleden

    Deep voiced sistas all over the world unite!

  23. Silvio Spampinato
    Silvio Spampinato
    6 dagen geleden

    We love you ! one of best Artist of all the time !

  24. Yuzi Drexel
    Yuzi Drexel
    7 dagen geleden

    Still plantation lullaby is tops !

  25. Shanell Meredith
    Shanell Meredith
    7 dagen geleden

    Love love love. Dionne Farris next please.

  26. deacon8754
    7 dagen geleden

    Such a treasure, Iโ€™ve been a fan since Plantation Lullabies, itโ€™s been a thrill to follow her progressions. Uncompromising, true to herself, searching, always soulful, always beautiful.

  27. rochelle rozario
    rochelle rozario
    9 dagen geleden

    You're good at organizing creative thoughts....that's hard. I appreciate that about you

  28. rochelle rozario
    rochelle rozario
    9 dagen geleden

    SEWWWWW happy to see you!!!! You just don't know

  29. Wayne Ranson
    Wayne Ranson
    9 dagen geleden

    MeShell we love you now, we loved you back then and you will forever be music lovers favorite. Thx for the collab with Glasper and for always blessing us with your music.

  30. Nguzo LoveInLoFi
    Nguzo LoveInLoFi
    9 dagen geleden

    The guitar player is a BEEEEEESSSEEE!

  31. Shay Jones
    Shay Jones
    9 dagen geleden

    Thank you so much for creating the music for Queen Sugar. I appreciate your artistry-a forever fan-before the well runs dry fan. Wishing you peace.

  32. Paul Hunt
    Paul Hunt
    9 dagen geleden

    Yeah - Calm ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

  33. Miss Jazz
    Miss Jazz
    9 dagen geleden

    Whew this woman got me in tears!!! A gem I'll cherish forever.

  34. Healed Aries46
    Healed Aries46
    9 dagen geleden


  35. tasha germaine
    tasha germaine
    10 dagen geleden

    Wow what a treat!!!! So happy to see her.

  36. Fosseneuve
    11 dagen geleden

    Whenever I see her name, I know it's going to be great. Bless you, Meshell.

  37. rescuediaries
    11 dagen geleden

    Meshell Ndegeocello, Chris Bruce thank you. Beautiful. Touching. You are both gifted and a gift to all of us.

  38. tHaT B-mOrE cHiCk
    tHaT B-mOrE cHiCk
    12 dagen geleden

    LordHaveMercy. Thank you for this; NPR never dissappoints. No words. So I'll just sit here transfixed...listening, processing, absorbing...FEELING. Talk about underrated.

  39. Maryne Wheatfields
    Maryne Wheatfields
    12 dagen geleden

    "Fool of Me" makes me want to cry. ๐Ÿ˜ข

  40. Joshua Yeager
    Joshua Yeager
    12 dagen geleden

    Been a fan since the first album. So strange that Iโ€™ve listened to Plantation Lullabies recently and itโ€™s an album that would speak volumes to the world right now. Meshell has always been ready to speak the hard truths we needed to address. Iโ€™m so grateful Iโ€™ve been able to see her live. One of my favorite concerts

  41. trina p.
    trina p.
    12 dagen geleden


  42. Felicia Levingston
    Felicia Levingston
    12 dagen geleden


  43. Demarco Jackson
    Demarco Jackson
    12 dagen geleden


  44. toya8169 JM
    toya8169 JM
    12 dagen geleden

    I canโ€™t believe I missed this when it was first posted I just did an Instagram post dedicated to her. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  45. Richard Taylor
    Richard Taylor
    12 dagen geleden

    I donโ€™t even know how I even found out who Meshell even was (blockbuster music back in the day??), but sheโ€™s been a part of the soundtrack of my life since the mid 90s. Thanks for this.

  46. WE DO ISH
    13 dagen geleden


  47. SmackItUp-FlipIt-RubItDown
    13 dagen geleden

    Simply amazing! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’š

  48. DeAndre Enrico
    DeAndre Enrico
    13 dagen geleden

    One of the best voices in the business, talking and singing. Lit AF on that bass. Great song writer. She's the truth in so many ways.

  49. Wynnette Outland
    Wynnette Outland
    13 dagen geleden

    Amazing ๐Ÿ’–

  50. Theresa Todd
    Theresa Todd
    14 dagen geleden

    Plantation Lullabies was a game changer. Every song was ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  51. Vee Furga'e
    Vee Furga'e
    14 dagen geleden

    Thank you for doing this tiny desk ๐Ÿ˜Š

  52. Stephen Torrez
    Stephen Torrez
    14 dagen geleden

    Loved every second! Thank you so very much.

  53. Love Spell
    Love Spell
    14 dagen geleden

    No words just wow ๐Ÿ‘

  54. Eddie Brown
    Eddie Brown
    15 dagen geleden

    Healing in the Pandemic love her artistryโค๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒ 

  55. TyposKill
    15 dagen geleden

    Comfort Woman. Peace Beyond Passion. Bitter. Plantation Lullabies.

  56. Katina Green
    Katina Green
    15 dagen geleden

    I needed this today!

  57. Taylor B
    Taylor B
    15 dagen geleden

    Not me in my feels listening to Fool of Me live before 11am!!!!! This song ALWAYS HITS!! Any time I hear this I wanna cry and watch Love and Basketball!!!

  58. Paige Washington
    Paige Washington
    15 dagen geleden

    Here to see if she sings Fool of Me

  59. far more
    far more
    16 dagen geleden

    MeShell is playing with my emotions. I need an hour minimum!

  60. Brown Royal
    Brown Royal
    16 dagen geleden

    If "underrated" was a person. Me'Shell= The Truth.

  61. Realign The DJ
    Realign The DJ
    16 dagen geleden


  62. Nett B
    Nett B
    16 dagen geleden

    Yoooooo i been missing youโœŠ๐Ÿฝ.. So glad for this blessing tonight ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. Thank you Sista Queen

  63. Philippe Souza
    Philippe Souza
    16 dagen geleden

    Me'shell tu รฉ perfeita!!!! Isso sim รฉ um "home concert", nรฃo um estรบdio decorado pra parecer uma casa.

  64. Mark Impact
    Mark Impact
    16 dagen geleden

    This is deep... thank you Meshell ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  65. Leopold
    16 dagen geleden

    more than 20 years of love for you girl

  66. Milisa Amor
    Milisa Amor
    16 dagen geleden

    Thank you Tiny Desk for bringing us this woman! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I love her so much! Her aura alone is everything! What a giftโค๏ธ I hope one day she travels to South Africa ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

  67. castroleiro
    17 dagen geleden

    As important as Prince. Perfect.

  68. Chris King
    Chris King
    17 dagen geleden

    The best concert I ever attended was a concert that MeShell held at the Metro in Chicago. I believe it was to promote the second album. The cypher that was held at the end was a lesson in humility and outreach to one's community of fans. From that point, MeShell was endeared to my heart and I have followed every release knowing that the combination of musicianship, lyricism, and just genuine street poetry came from a place deep down and raw. The music was never subjective for me because of that. I was made to see the emotion as it was meant to be seen, and in that to see the brilliance in the tapestry of the music. Thank you for being genuine, authentic, and for sharing that part of yourself with the world. You will always be in my pantheon of favorite artists of all time.

  69. Skyler Acord
    Skyler Acord
    17 dagen geleden

    Letโ€™s go!!!!! This is awesome!

  70. Blue Light
    Blue Light
    17 dagen geleden

    So excited to see you on Tiny Desk!!! Iโ€™ve loved your music for years. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

  71. Baby Esther
    Baby Esther
    17 dagen geleden

    Tha Original Sista Motha Queen Of Neo-Soul!!!๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  72. Rene Torry
    Rene Torry
    17 dagen geleden

    Her voice!! Fire!!

  73. ื ื•ืขื ื‘ื•ื—ื‘ื•ื˜
    ื ื•ืขื ื‘ื•ื—ื‘ื•ื˜
    18 dagen geleden

    "The" tiny desk i've been waiting for!!!!

  74. Semone Howell
    Semone Howell
    18 dagen geleden

    Fool of me [Love Jones]

  75. gimmeagig
    18 dagen geleden

    Meshell was one of the funkiest bass players on the planet with the deepest pocket and a killer voice that could just reel me in, rapping or singing. The stuff she was doing when she first hit the scene was mind blowing, but as much as I loved her then... this doesn't do anything for me.

  76. mstreds
    18 dagen geleden

    Amazing. I just need her to sing the entire Peace Beyond Passion album live

  77. Navanod27
    18 dagen geleden

    I put someone onto her music and they fell in love last week and I told them she should go a tiny desk concert and here we are.

  78. Love One
    Love One
    18 dagen geleden


  79. jbaby007
    18 dagen geleden

    Literally been listening to her on the regular while learning guitar and now this ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  80. Tara 2daG
    Tara 2daG
    19 dagen geleden

    Me'shell Ndegeocello, one of the greatest bassists ever and beautiful speaking voice! Date Stamp: 14feb21

  81. Anya Harris
    Anya Harris
    19 dagen geleden


  82. Doc Flop
    Doc Flop
    19 dagen geleden


  83. Shawna Faith Thompson
    Shawna Faith Thompson
    19 dagen geleden

    i love you meshell!

  84. C B
    C B
    19 dagen geleden

    umm wow - So understated

  85. T. Luna Imhotep, MDiv
    T. Luna Imhotep, MDiv
    19 dagen geleden

    She is perfection. I'm grateful for her existence in my lifetime

  86. coolrooment
    19 dagen geleden

    I've got one word for this sister and her many talents... YES! Want 2 more...? Bless you.

  87. teo entertainment
    teo entertainment
    19 dagen geleden

    Wow ! Cool I like Meshell

  88. Angelika Dibbasey
    Angelika Dibbasey
    19 dagen geleden

    Very Nice

  89. Brea S
    Brea S
    19 dagen geleden

    I donโ€™t want it to be over๐Ÿฅบ

  90. Floridaman_85 _
    Floridaman_85 _
    20 dagen geleden

    Finally. You can't understand what this means after all these

  91. Thabassmon
    20 dagen geleden

    Wow, I didn't expect Me'Shell on tiny desk, but I am sure glad it happened. I absolutely love her, as a bass player her feel is unreal, then her writing and delivery with it's light and shade, caressing and combative is great and reflective of the real human experience. First album of hers I heard was Peace Beyond Passion, then I dug Plantation lullabies and Bitter. From then on I was hooked, from the guest spot on Marcus Miller's Tales to her session work with Lynden David Hall - Medicine For My Pain, basically if I know Me'Shell is on it, I get it. She is amazing.

  92. Jennifer Sabado
    Jennifer Sabado
    20 dagen geleden

    โค๏ธโค๏ธ goosebumps โค๏ธโค๏ธ Now I want to watch Love&Basketball ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  93. Anewphaze
    20 dagen geleden

    Just wow. Smitten.

  94. More Love
    More Love
    20 dagen geleden

    Omg I clicked so fast!!! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  95. Desiree
    20 dagen geleden

    Her voice ๐Ÿ’“

  96. Leah Bennett
    Leah Bennett
    20 dagen geleden

    THANK YOU MESHELL! Your music/lyrics/poetry/WHOLE VIBE is dope! Thank you for singing two of my absolute favorite songs, I am full!

  97. Melissa
    20 dagen geleden

    Oh wow, what a fantastic choice! I love that she is still making music.

  98. Leah Tyus
    Leah Tyus
    20 dagen geleden

    omg!! I love her! she's my top 5!!

  99. Yolanda Vines
    Yolanda Vines
    20 dagen geleden

    I screamed when I saw her name!!!!!! Yessss!

  100. Nicole Pearson
    Nicole Pearson
    20 dagen geleden

    Magnificent! Thank you Tiny Desk for bringing us this treasure.