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10. "The bands you listed are talented, though I haven't heard them all."
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But one of my issues with R&B of the last 10 - 15 years is that it's largely become the music of people who are left of center. Alot of the bands on that list I'm familiar with are 'Playery.

That might sound like an odd criticism to make on OKP itself, but I think R&B has become too imbalanced. Prior to maybe 15 years ago, R&B was the music of Black people of all types and classes. The biggest R&B names of the 70s, 80s and 90s were largely, though not completely, composed of "regular" people who made music for other regular people. Off the top of my head the only newish/youngish "regular person" I can think of is Summer Walker and maybe Ari Lennox. There used to be too many to count.

When regular, ordinary black people exited R&B the music lost alot. It lost the church influence (very little of the most mainstream R&B today has an ounce of church). It lost alot of that danceability we're talking about. It lost the pulse of the youth.

But that goes to another point I'be noticed - young, everyday black men seem to have almost no interest in the genre at all. They seem 100% all in on Hip-Hop, and that's a huge part of the problem too. You can't have any genre of music be healthy if young, talented regular men don't want anything to do with it. When most of us here were coming up most of the big name R&B men were regular guys: Babyface, all the NJS guys, Jodeci, Boyz-II-Men, R. Kelly (ignore everything else with him), Levert, etc. All those kinds of guys now who are young pour themselves into Hip-Hop now.


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Is it me, or is up tempo R&B rare these days? [View all] , Buddy_Gilapagos, Mon Dec-21-20 11:35 AM
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Is it me, or is R&B rare these days?
Dec 22nd 2020
Its funny because I think that's the right question.
Dec 22nd 2020
I think this is it....
Dec 22nd 2020
It's you.
Dec 22nd 2020
R&B is better than ever...
Dec 29th 2020
I have skimmed and my first reaction is, nice but is there anything I ca...
Jan 22nd 2021
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Jan 22nd 2021
           You might wanna revisit Rise.
Jan 22nd 2021
                I guess you are right. Mostly uptempo
Jan 25th 2021
Seems blurred by Pop.
Jan 09th 2021
NJS is one of my favorite eras in music
Dec 22nd 2020
Couple reasons for that.
Dec 22nd 2020
Real interesting points
Dec 22nd 2020
This is interesting. Thanks.
Dec 23rd 2020
      RE: The bands you listed are talented, though I haven't heard them all.
Jan 09th 2021
interesting take.
Dec 23rd 2020
To Me R&B Is Mostly "Rhythm & Trap" Now
Dec 31st 2020
every once in a blue moon
Jan 07th 2021
Great points in here. Also, artists don't really make albums any
Jan 25th 2021

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