Rhythm and Blues, usually abbreviated as R&B, surfaced the scene in the 1940s. Since the slow jam style of music has surfaced, many have grown to fall in love with the sound of some R&B legends including Maxwell, Jill Scott, Usher, Erykah Badu, Sam Cook, Alicia Keys, Anita Baker, and more. It’s the type of feel-good music you resort to when all else fails.
Young M.A. went sparked a conversation with fans on social media after she posted some thought-provoking tweets about the sound of today’s music. The Herstory rapper claims that there is an imbalance in today’s music because of the lack of R&B music. “Music don’t feel the same because we barely have R&B, … R&B brung that balance to music.. now everything is leanin one way smh so it gets played out quick! We need R&B for the balance no kap!” the tweet read.
Following all controversy is all two ends of the spectrum. Fans replied to Young M.A.’s claims stating that R&B is still alive, shouting out some of today’s R&B artists including Summer Walker, Kehlani, Ari Lennox, and Jhene Aiko. On the other hand, fans agree with the New York rapper and wish for that 90s/2000s style R&B.