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R&B Comeback

Some music never goes out of style. Rhythm and blues was thought to have been out of fashion when it went downhill back in the 2000s. But now, R&B is coming back with a bang. Artists like Khalid, Blackbear and Chris Brown are topping the Billboard Top 100 with songs like “Do Re Mi,” “Location” and “Questions.” How did rhythm and blues get its groove back?

 

During the 1990s, R&B hit an unparalleled popularity with hits from Boyz II Men and the likes of Destiny’s Child. Moving on to the 2000s, R&B lost its spark, losing artists like Beyonce and Rihanna, who first debuted in the genre. Artists became pressured to tramp their vocals with autotune and deejayed beats. Soulful voices were dumped with EDM bangers, as the general public fell in love with those relentless David Guetta beats. “Classic” R&B artists became tacky. As for that time, rhythm and blues seemed to wander aimlessly towards the unreachable stars.

 

Suddenly, a new generation of artistry crawled up from the grave. Songs from old-school artists like Missy Elliot and Timbaland hit the streets, prompting the genre as the default song in clubs nationwide. In 2010, new music began streaming into its groove with hits by Drake, Frank Ocean and the Weeknd. This was R&B with a more indie feel, artists who took inspiration from R&B and put their own spin on it..

 

Currently, the year’s most highly anticipated albums, from Jason Derulo, and Chris Brown, are rhythm and blues. R&B is taking over all genres, replacing house music, influencing pop and hip-hop and luring in a drop of soul. A young group of artist are rising along with R&B, singers like Alessia Cara spreading the genre into a mix of pop, funk, electronic and dance. “There is no longer a [set] R&B sound”, said the Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2015.

 

In most occasions, when something begins trending, it often loses the connection with the origins. Many people would argue that R&B has become a patronizing version of its old self, that it instead of the grand past and rich sound, it has become electronicized and produces heinous tracks. The reason some would say this might be due to the fact that a portion of the music-listening public often heap praises on songs without fully understanding the content, just because it is deemed “cool” by peers and idols. Several time-honored musicians have been victims of the uneducated opinions. For example, Ciara released an album in the 2010s, when it missed out on the Billboard’s top 100, yet after the release of an R&B hype, she released a similar, and this time it reached No. 2.

 

R&B has come back, but only with the help from the likes of Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean. Some people would call it a hogwash version of R&B, but maybe a mix of genre isn’t all bad, as change is not all harmful. No matter of the modifications, the culture of rhythm and blues has weaved itself into the beats of our heart. This genre may be the next big thing, the next generation of legends, but most of all, it definitely will be a monumental part of the future’s culture.

Some of the most famous R&B artists today

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