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Whatever Happened To Real R&B?

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With bands consisting of piano, drums, saxophone, guitars and bass – meshed with a smooth constant pas, creating power and rhythmic interplay producing mellow, passionate, and otter hypnotic textures while calling attention to no individual sound. Rhythm and blues known as R&B is a popular genre of the African and American culture; rocking Jazz based music with a heavy emphatic beat. R&B is music you can groove to, music from the soul, soul music, upbeat, funky music. Originated in the 1940’s used by the record companies to describe recordings marketing predominately to urban African Americans; which lyrics was focused solely on topics such as: Economics, sex, relationships, and aspirations. Emerging into a more contemporary R&B in the early 1980’s; with components of rhythm and blues, hip hop, funk, dance, and pop. With trendy – favored artist such: En Vogue, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, New Edition, and Tevin Campbell.
Today’s generation of R&B has a different feel from the 19th century. With artist such as: Chris Brown, Usher, Trey Songz, and The Weekend; R&B has gone to another level and has somewhat added a twist to the vibe and style of R&B. BY 2004 80% of R&B songs featured rappers on their songs, from 2005 – 2013 R&B sales declined. R&B music is not being bought anymore due to its limitations. In a recent article:” 8 Reasons Why R&B Has Died in the Black Community” sparked controversy in ‘What Ever Happened To Real R&B?’ Some of the most successful R&B artists now are white, such as, Justin Timberlake, Adele, and Robin Thicke. In’ 2013, Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart was topped by white artist 44 out of 52 weeks- including 37 straight weeks, January to October, where it was topped by either hip-hop due Macklemore & Ryan Lewis or Thicke. Another topic that was discussed was too much focus on physical attractions and sex. When listening to Black R&B artist, their music expresses just how much hypersexual the music and lyrics have become. For example: Trey Songz-Cuddy Buddy, T-Pain-I’m in love with a stripper, and Chris Brown-Take You Down. R&B and Hip-Hop has emerged into a single genre. Am I the only one that misses the kind of sound that touches your soul, that just makes you groove. Those songs you’ll never forget because it marks a memory point in your life. We need that back, we need real rhythm and blues to come back, and I’m sure there are artist out there giving us that “feel good” music we just need to hear from them.
The blues echoes right through into soul, R&B and Hip Hop. It’s part of the make-up of modern music. You can’t turn your back on the blues -Tank

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