2894163, I agree with this idea|
Posted by DigiSoul, Mon Jul-28-14 02:58 PM
that D'Angelo and Erykah Badu were addressing the impact that hip-hop had on black music and culture. Hip-hop and R&B were now reconciled and no longer the enemies that they were in the early to mid-eighties.
Some may consider it a far-fetched idea but still think that new-jack swing, though it has been marketed as a standalone genre, is an earlier form of neo-soul. Teddy Riley and co. merely absorbed the growing influence and sound of hip-hop up until that point and crafted an R&B style from it. The seminal artists of neo-soul crafted an R&B style inspired by the growing influence and sound of one of hip-hop's most enduring acts, A Tribe Called Quest. Both genres grew out of sounds originating from hip-hop that was prevalent in their time.