When people think of Motown Records artists like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Smokey Robinson come to mind – not Reuben Howell. I don’t have any information on him and I couldn’t find any on the internet either. His debut, self-titled album was released in 1973. The album has an overall soulful feel, with some decent music, but nothing ground-breaking. I don’t recognize any of the artists/producers in the liner notes and there is no picture of him on the jacket. This all leads me to believe they didn’t have much faith in Reuben blowing up.
Regardless, there is a dope drum break on the album, on the cut “Help the People“. Check it out.