I have a very SERIOUS question……
What in the world happened to R&B/Soul Music?? Seriously, I want to know. This is a pet peeve of mine. I have very interesting music taste so I listen to an array of things BUT I do not want to listen to Jazz, all the time or Neo-Soul, all the time or Gospel all the time or even my beloved Big Band Swing all the time! Sometimes I want to hear some good old R&B, some love songs, something you can dream about. But UNFORTUNATELY there is none!
I have “old” music on my tablet that stays in heavy rotation like anything by Marvin Gaye, Promise by Jagged Edge, Lately by Tyrese, There Goes My Baby by Usher, Cab Ride by Tweet (LOL! Yes, I said Tweet, you remember her) etc. But where are all the current songs about LOVE? I mean LOVE, not the songs about “Hit It and Quit It”, not the songs about dropping it low, or the songs about friends with benefits.
AND ANOTHER THING, another Pet peeve is why must every song have a rapper on it???? As soon as I think something is sounding good, I am getting a good head nod going, all of a sudden I hear Wale, or Lil Wayne, or Rick Ross. Sorry people, just so you know a rapper on every track does not make it a hit, it just makes me turn it off!
Another thing, STOP trying to blend or annihilate the genres! My R&B/Soul should NOT be sounding like POP music, RAP should NOT be sounding like R&B, POP should not be sounding like HIP-HOP! UGHHHH! Yes I am frustrated because I want to listen to something good but something current! Is there currently NO GOOD MUSIC??? (By the way, side note – I think today’s HIP-HOP is GARBAGE! But that is a rant for another day!)
If you go to Billboard, you will find a category that says Top HIP-HOP & R&B. On this list you have…
- Ni**as In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West
- Party – Beyonce & Andre 3000
- Lotus Flower Bomb – Wale & Miquel
- Headlines – Drake
- She Will- Lil Wayne & Drake
- Dance (A$$) – Big Sean & Nicki Minaj
- That Way – Wale, Jermemih & Rick Ross
- Body 2 Body – Ace Hood & Chris Brown
- 5 o’clock – T-Pain, Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
- Make Me Proud – Drake & Nicki Minaj
Do you see this NONSENSE??? First of all I am mad that R&B has to share a category with HIP-HOP, but I am even MADDER because there is NO real R&B in the R&B category!!! Come on people pull it together. There has to be someone out there who can sing AND I DO NOT MEAN MJB!!! Is there no one current from this decade who can sing????
Well, I’m off to listen to Marvin Gaye & Luther…
Peace & Love All