New Age Rhythm and Blues

Everybody was so upset when old heads didn’t recognize the sounds, artistry, and other elements of what is now considered rap, in 2019. We stressed that times have changed and so did the sound therefore it should be respected. I’m saying this to say we are unconsciously doing the same thing to the genre of R&B which is very much alive and well.

Kehlani by IG: @VinceCorona__

what is R&B? R&B is an abbreviation for Rhythm and Blues. 2.) A kind of pop music of African American origin with a soulful vocal style featuring improvisation.

” In classic R&B, there is a straight up stacking of vocal harmonies, which writer-musician Stuart Goosman says reminds him of the urban environments of Baltimore and Washington DC where the music got its start. He suggests that the physical and psychic aspects of the city, in particular, those cities’ urban segregation, helped shape the consciousness of the musicians, who freed themselves through the limitlessness of singing, engaging the imagination to soar beyond the limitations of place. ” – Mark Edward Nero

read more in the article “The origin and history of R&B Music”
[From Left to Right]: Brent Faiyaz by Zhamakthecat, Ty Dolla Sign, Masego by Filmawi, SiR

Why don’t we consider what’s being put out in today’s time “R&B” for what it is, which is “R&B”. We have Ari Lennox, SiR, Snoh Aalegra, Chloe x Halle, Nao, H.E.R, Jesse Reyes, Luke James, Teyana Taylor, Ty Dolla Sign, 6LACK, Eric Bellinger, Brent Faiyaz, Jeremih, in addition to all the your classic r&b singers still dropping music that goes unnoticed essentially because it is OLD. “New age” R&B accommodates the new age sound and lifestyle. No, people aren’t making it a point to beg to be loved on records as much because it’s a thing this generation has and that’s self worth. Rhythm & Blues..

I see a lot of slander from consumers complaining that some of these up and coming artist don’t have the range of artist such as Whitney Houston for example. When in reality the masses would still come for them if they even tried to wear themselves thin vocally oppose to what they know they can do and create with to still put out quality music.

[From Left to Right]: Snoh Allergra by Grizzleearts, Chloe x Halle, Jorja Smith by Michaelaquan, Leven Kali by Karoni

It’s a simple solution for all of this selfish consumption. Go listen to the old stuff from older eras if you happen to be one of those who mistake nostalgia for micro-aggressive fandom because depending on your age range it was a simpler time when “I want to put you to bed, bed, bed” by J. holiday was playing uncontrollably and you want to keep triggering you brain to relive those feelings therefore you don’t accept progression but have the nerve to disguise it all as a critique. 

People don’t even pay attention to the fact remixes or beat samples doesn’t coincide with longevity..it’s cute though, the sound burns out fast due the fact we’ve not only heard it before; it makes us want to go listen to how it was originally sung AND we are use to it already. People want progression and newness they just don’t know how to embrace it or developed the ears for it yet.

Then we have the R&B artist that prosper enough get on labels that end up trying to reconstruct their artistry as a whole. Resulting in us either getting silence or no music of original substance since the point of it is to contribute to getting out of such contract. Those particular artist have been seeming to go independent in order to reinvent themselves; a good example of this is Tinashe who just put out “Songs for You”, be sure to run it up whilst an often asked question is “what happen to Tinashe?” among others.

Tinashe by IG Jasonaltaan Hair: @Lilhunty_ Make-up: @Raoulalejandre Stylist: @mmmmylipshurt

Make sure you take the time to check out:
Pink Sweat$
Masego
Lucky Daye
Quin
Mariah The Scientist
Yuna
Tony Collins
ODIE
Sy Ari da kid
Yo Trane
Rico Love
PJ Morton
Kiana Lede

If you made it here and I might’ve forgot anybody it would be greatly appreciated if you left a comment listening who to “put us on”, share a playlist if you care to, even care to elaborate if you will.

Uncle Retch 

Let’s start by saying Retch is 1 of those artist that deserves all the respect he receives on a day to day basis.

  • This segment below introduced me to the one and only “Retch”.

Retch – Everything you need to know, May ’15 (Given to us by The Fader) 

The first time I heard the phrase “Finesse the World & Everything in it.” I immediately grew up, mind you I was probably in the 10th grade, but it ended up being a real influential phrase to me I definitely live by it. Retch has kept it straight with us from the time my fanship started, I even did a little snooping into previous years, til now and his tweets & actions keep me convinced. One thing I sincerely like about the man is he practices what he preaches, let alone gives us a little street knowledge in his music. In all he’s what I would consider a honest man, my version of a honest man is he’s aware of everything he does, what he has did, and knows what he’s going to do. Retch isn’t around here fronting for the kids and it’s only right you respect that because he’s teaching us to be aware of ourselves.

As time progresses I see nothing but prosperity oozing out his career which excites me because he deserves it.

I refer to him as “Uncle Retch” for the simple fact he teaches us unknowingly, he’s very generous in sharing the wealth of “Get it how you live” & encourages his supporters to keep going, now it’s up to you pay attention to the game he puts us up on. Yet and still no love lost, even though we don’t know him personally. It’s makes the fans happy to see him evolve into such a influential artist which inspires everyone to keep succeeding because life will always start changing for the better as long as you stay ten toes down, you enjoy it 1000x more as you can see with the visuals he post of quality carefree living.