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Topic subjectIs it me, or is up tempo R&B rare these days?
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3029161, Is it me, or is up tempo R&B rare these days?
Posted by Buddy_Gilapagos, Mon Dec-21-20 11:35 AM
As a person raised on New Jack Swing, the music I miss the most is up tempo "fast" R&B songs. R&B songs you can dance to. This weekend I was playing a lot of tracks like this:

Frank Ocean - Songs for Women

Lucky Daye - Late Night

and my favorite party starter

John Legend - Green Light (Official Video) ft. André 3000

It seems like Usher and The Weeknd are the only cats who consistently drop up tempo tracks but it seems like you don't hear a lot of it on the radio these days.

Now there are plenty of Hip-hop songs with singers and R&B vibes and Pop songs by black and white artist like Doja Cat but I guess I am not counting that as R&B (I may be splitting hairs). For example, is Get Lucky by Daft Punk an R&B song? Which reminds me there are a few retro white boy acts like Tuxedo and Mayer Hawthorne who do uptempo R&Bish songs, but am I missing something or am I right that there isn't a lot of uptempo R&B being churned out these days?

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