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.

Better Days 

You know I was told “when it’s going good it might not be that great so therefore when it’s going bad it’s not as horrible as it may seem.” I try to hold onto that mind frame to reassure me better days will come even though it may not seem like it. Just because things were fine and we got use to it doesn’t mean they could not have been better, any struggle is just what it takes to become better.

Optimism is a fundamental but realistically it can be passed as denial if you don’t keep a fine line between what could happen oppose to what is happening. It’s a nice gesture to remain positive though it gives you something else to focus on besides all the negatives around you.

We all go through our own trials and tribulations which is “fine” it’s life there would be no sunshine without rain, you just can’t let your sorrow become who you are because it’ll sike you out and you’ll become use to the unhappiness as if that’s just life and we all deserve a pleasant life.

Wishing you all peace, joy, and prosperity always xoxo.

The cover is from the famous painting “The Sugar Shack” by Ernie Barnes for more information you can read: The History of the Sugar Shack 

Here I have an album for you all to enjoy Sonder Son by Brent Faiyaz