Introduction - What is Contemporary R&B?
Is there any other genre as misleading and as badly defined as Contemporary R&B? (except for smooth jazz
- Ask your friend or neighbor what they think of Contemporary R&B and chances he/she will say that it is nothing but "commercial music for the clubs with lots of naked chicks, bling bling and luxury/alcohol brands in the videos".
- Ask your parents and they will probably tell you it has nothing to do with the real R&B.
- Ask a stranger in the street about which Contemporary R&B they are aware of and I can bet they'll tell something like "Rihanna
, Chris Brown
, Jason Derülo
, The Black Eyed Peas
, Flo Rida
, Lil Wayne
, Justin Bieber
" or maybe even "David Guetta
or Lady Gaga
"... :/ In other words, a mix of pop
A few years ago, the answer would have been pop-rappers such as Nelly
or Ja Rule
or people like Akon
, Sean Paul
and Jennifer Lopez