This has been the year of the City Girls and the “nice for what” mentality, but where has this left one of our beloved genres: rhythm and blues? Music transcends and adjusts to what’s going on, but is R&B going to do the same? Here are some artists that are paving the way for the new wave of rhythm and blues.
Brent Fayiaz, a 23-year-old DMV native who’s a SoundCloud singer turned Grammy-nominated singer. In 2016 Fayiaz got his big break when he was featured on GoldLink’s hit single “Crew.” After it was deemed one of the songs of summer, 2017 Brent released his first studio album, Sonder Son. Earlier this month he dropped his EP Lost and it doesn’t seem like Fayiaz is leaving the R&B scene anytime soon. If you need more convincing to join the Faiyaz train, check out “Talk 2 U.”
H.E.R., a real mystery in the new aged R&B game, has been making a splash on the scene for the past two years. At just the tender age of 21, she wants her music to be the centerpiece of her career and not herself. After covering Drake’s “Jungle,” H.E.R. has paved her own way by making a mark on R&B. Her first album was released in October of 2017 and she recently dropped an EP, I Used to Know Her: The Prelude, which features songs by Bryson Tiller. To start your introduction to H.E.R start with “Focus.”
Summer Walker, a newcomer on the scene who recorded her debut just this year. This Atlanta based singer has joined in on a tour with 6lack that’s extending until the end of this year. Her Last Day of Summer album was released on October 12. Summer prefers to stay in the shadows and let her music do all the talking. She writes her music from personal situations and that give her music an extra edge. Check out her current hit record “Girls Need Love.”
There are so many great artists transforming the look of R&B music. Who are some new singers that you think should be added to our R&B playlist?
By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois Alumni
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