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Wtf

Boulder, CO

#21 Aug 20, 2011
R&B means the music of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. I don't know how you can say Eminem and Usher are R&B... Listen to some Muddy Waters and Ray Charles and you'll understand the difference
MusicRIP

Santa Monica, CA

#22 Aug 20, 2011
R&B died in the mid-90's, following Rock's demise a few years earlier. Today's "Urban Contemporary" is complete garbage. There is no romance, heart or soul in the music. No relevant social issues are being addressed. This current generation of "artists" are the most selfish, vapid and ignorant in history, and their music reflects their weaknesses.

What happened to being witty or lighthearted? 90% of the artist/songwriters cannot relate to the songs they sing, or do not stand for anything; they possess neither the intelligence nor sophistication to comprehend anything.

Since: Dec 08

Paris

#23 Oct 11, 2011
Finally I have found a radio station in dfw that plays good r&b like it should be. I just happened upon it when scanning and thank goodness. No rap and none of the current stuff that to me is not r&b but just mixing. 105.7 is a great station and so far so good. Talk about Al Green, Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers, GAP band, Aretha, Jackson 5... they play it all!!
Old skool RNB

Australia

#24 Nov 27, 2011
On Facebook, join the group 'The good old days of R&B and Hip Hop - 90s to early 2000s'

Let's face it, today's crap just doesn't compare.
flossy

Coventry, UK

#25 Mar 2, 2012
I don't really take r &b, hip hop and rap seriously anymore to be honest.Basically today's "hip hop" is nicki minaj and YMCMB (young money and cash money billionaires), r and b is chris brown, autotune (yes in a category of its own),bruno mars and rihanna, other genres are adele of course and rap well..to be honest i don't know anymore...Big sean, wiz khalifa and j. cole are supposedly the rappers of the time.. and pop..don't have a clue what pop is anymore. There are so many combinations and mixtures now with pop, rock, r and b and electro dance that it's hard to distinguish one genre from another.. And "soul" hmmm i think the soul music has lost its place through modern music.It's like everything is being produced to sound the same and although the upside is the previous barriers that were between rock/punk artists and rap/hip hop artists such as with skateboarding, wearing skinny jeans,playing electric guitar and doing the "devil horns" sign has now been broken but still it's become a mess now..Lil wayne has gotten worse over the years and some chick with her alter ego Lana del rey who used to be a decent singer did a lady gaga and decided to change her look and style to fit into the mainstream, and the same with verbalicious whose now Natalia Kills. I know it's not all doom and gloom but i know exactly what you mean..Where does the music and the genre start and the smooth lyrics that were once associated with r and b begin?? Going back in time i think boyz 2 men, aaliyah, TLC, blackstreet..but i guess times are changing now anf there's not much we can do about it unfortunately. And besides a lot of the great artists are also passing away...it's sad we lost Aaliyah, left eye, biggie, tupac,amy winehouse, MJ, Etta james, now whitney..who next??
hmmm

Ballston Spa, NY

#26 Mar 12, 2012
I agree it's sooo sad!!! Hip-hop and R&B has changed, but i'm sure kids that are listening to the music out today will be saying the same thing when their older. Music doesn't stay the same unfortunately.. That doesn't mean I'm gonna accept this new music as hip hop or r&b,because it's not.
I'm only 18 and I know for sure that music has changed over the last 20 years (for older people, maybe even longer than that). But the late 90's and early 00's are MY idea of great hip hop and r&b. For someone older, that music was probably trash. So basically music changes, either go along with it or listen to the good ol music.

hip-hop is still alive in the underground music, so if you want good hip hop go listen so some mixtapes.Unfortunately I have no suggestions for R&B.
It's gone I guess :(
Jorge Cardenas

Los Angeles, CA

#27 Apr 4, 2012
hmmm wrote:
I agree it's sooo sad!!! Hip-hop and R&B has changed, but i'm sure kids that are listening to the music out today will be saying the same thing when their older. Music doesn't stay the same unfortunately.. That doesn't mean I'm gonna accept this new music as hip hop or r&b,because it's not.
I'm only 18 and I know for sure that music has changed over the last 20 years (for older people, maybe even longer than that). But the late 90's and early 00's are MY idea of great hip hop and r&b. For someone older, that music was probably trash. So basically music changes, either go along with it or listen to the good ol music.
hip-hop is still alive in the underground music, so if you want good hip hop go listen so some mixtapes.Unfortunately I have no suggestions for R&B.
It's gone I guess :(
I'm 24 years old and I agree with you all the way. Artists such as Tank, Jaheim, Jill Scott Maxwell, Raheem DeVaughn,etc are still making feel good music. Music changes you just have to embrace it the best way you can. It sucks but that's how it goes.
Lori Williams

United States

#28 Jun 18, 2012
Man! I miss everything about the 90's, not just the music dough the t.v. shows, the movies, the cartoons, but Swv, Jodeci, 702, Aaliyah, Total, faith Evans, Mary j. Blige, public announcement, R. Kelly, H-town, Guy, I mean..... New jack swing all those good jams man I miss that kind of music. Today's music is garbage and has no meaning, senseless, retarded, it's all about money, cars, hoes, clothes, Bull****. The 80's was a fun year and had good music also. And I loved the hair back then, a lot black women hair was long and healthy. Nowadays weave hot is, natural hair is not.

Since: Jul 12

Ashford, UK

#29 Jul 7, 2012
Yeah what did ever happen to Rhythm ans Blues. I much prefered R & B when it meant bands such as The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, The Small Faces, The Animals, Dr. Feelgood, Deep Purple, The Spencer Davis Group and The Who. Those bands all played covers of songs by established black performers, in addition to their own material. What passes for R&B now is really pop music. Popular chart music, nothing more.

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