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.

Unconventional Beauty, a blessing and a curse.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. if that happens to be the case does “If you’re ugly on the inside you’re ugly on the outside” hold significance still?

“Who are you” artwork by @Bryantdgiles

What is unconventional beauty? “Someone who is unconventionally beautiful is attractive through their defiance of standards, not in spite of them. A trait that is ugly to one person may seem beautiful to another. There are those who are only beautiful in the eyes of certain beholders. What’s universal is the attitude behind the facade.” –Urbanette Magazine

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Slick Woods photo by David Roemer

Unconventional Beauty!

Being told our features are strong, being mistaken for a man, or being compared to an animal is something we are to familiar with in this realm of beauty.

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Grace Jones photo by Universal / The Kobal Collection

The Curse: It’s a lot of grief that’s placed upon you, people just rule themselves high enough to determine whatever about you based off your beauty. Growing up you don’t find yourself to be as beautiful as you happen to be and being teased about what will eventually become insecurities do not make it any better. I use the word “curse” with all sarcasm. It’s like we must prove we are of some substance since we aren’t whats generally welcomed.

The Blessing: Our true beauty gets the chance to be admired wholeheartedly. Your urge to display Creativity increases only causing you to become better; innovated; free-flowing for it will be accepted more openly because you’re “abnormal”, I use that term very loosely, already. Luckily we get to get our point across and really heard out because the people around us aren’t necessarily for any gain besides what we have to offer as a human being.

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Teyana Taylor photo by Albert Urso

Learning to “adjust” or understand that you have different type of facial features can be a journey especially in such a vain era we happen to be living in.

Self Confidence: Self expression gives me a boost of confidence sometimes I feel I do not look like what society wants let alone my best. With great feeling energy your mood will make you feel invisible in a sense contributing to what an outsider would consider self confidence not knowing you basically had to throw a pep rally while getting ready just for mild assurance. As time progresses you just learn to wear the skin you’re in effortlessly. It gets tough sometimes tougher in different moments because

When you see other women who are given a hard time yet still vibrant in the mind and soul it speaks volumes on how senile the vision of the world can be, as people still contribute to tearing down the persons confidence. I encourage every beaut to embrace what they have it’s people out her that would love to have a look that stands out.

Also as I’ve gotten older I don’t get bothered over snide comments since so many see a different kind of beauty within me. Yet it still makes me wonder why some people feel the need to go out of their way to make me aware of however they feel about my physical appearance from something such as the size of your ears to the skinniness of our bods enjoy what you have to offer to the world.

*Just a light take on my thoughts regarding how it feels to be placed in an almost secondary realm in the world of beauty.*