What They Don’t Play - 5 R&B Acts in Need of More Attention
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Many of the R&B songs from Black artists that perform well commercially reflect the influence of mainstream Rap – club anthems often produced by DJ Mustard that are shallow in subject matter. The ballads that resonate with fans and up-tempo songs that entire families can enjoy are hard to come by for radio listeners. While these changes are taking place within the Black R&B scene, White singers like Adele and Sam Smith are ascending to superstar status with vocals and content reminiscent of R&B and Soul records from the past
With these changes, many R&B fans question the state of the genre and some even grow frustrated with Black artists. There are often ignored nuances to the issue of mainstream R&B, but this piece will celebrate five of the genre’s acts that aren’t on many stations across the country, but should be given the quality of music they’ve made as of late
- Janelle Monáe
- Marsha Ambrosius