‘I don’t know what y’all be thinking when y’all bring ’em round me. Let me remind you that I am the King of R&B.
– R. Kelly feat. T.I. & T-Pain (I’m A Flirt Remix)
On Sunday, November 9, 2019 the singer Jacquees boldly announced on his Instagram that he’s the King of R&B.
Like a typical Aries man he’s competitive, aggressive and smooth but Que I think you went a little bit too far, my boy.
Don’t get me wrong as a fan of Jacquees I’ve been there for everything the ‘Persian Rugs‘ and ‘Me, U & Hennessy‘ type of nights, the Mood mixtape, the collaboration album ‘F*** a Friendzone‘ that you had with Dej Loaf and the remix of Ella Mai’s Trip.
There’s no doubt that Jacquees is the R&B version of Lil Wayne because he remixes every song like Wayne did and y’all have to give credit when it’s due. Jacquees be going crazy! But R&B King? Naw I’m going to have to disagree. I still love you Que.
R&B is short for rhythm and blues. These elements are now mixed with pop, soul, funk, hip-hop, and electronic music.
Reddit says that three big things that define R&B are rhythm, vocals, and atmosphere. Vocals are usually emphasized in R&B with a lot of the genre’s vocalists often trying to sound sensual, smoother, or slicker.
Artists like Usher, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Monica, Brandy, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Kahn, Sade, Anita Baker, Fantasia, India Arie, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, TLC, Xscape, The Isley Brothers, Jagged Edge, Keith Sweat, Shai, Donell Jones, Dru Hill, Jodeci, Lyfe Jennings, Boys II Men, SWV, Alicia Keys, Aaliyah, Maxwell, Avant, Ginuwine, R.Kelly, Tank, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, John Legend, D’Angelo, and Miguel are R&B veterans.
R&B songs gives us real life situations of love, heartbreak, drama, intimacy, and makes us create great memories to them. That’s why 90s’ R&B is cherished the way that it is because it’s more than just sex. It speaks to the reality that we’re all facing or may face in our lives.
The-Dream tells NPR that R&B is the closest point to the reality of love that there is. You need it because that’s real life. So when you take out a song, suddenly we’re dancing to a song that doesn’t mean anything.
That’s much of what we do today, dance to songs that don’t have much meaning. This is the number one reason why old hits and legends in the game will always be respected no matter how old they are. Their music will live forever.
There’s no doubt that Jacquees is talented but he still has more growing and more songs to produce for his fans along with people around the world to hold the title of being the King of R&B.
P.Diddy does a great job of expressing this in his Twitter video:
Now to settle this debate I believe that the real King of R&B is the one and only R.KELLY.
Yeah I said it, it’s R.Kelly.
Yes I do recognize that R.Kelly is a pervert, that man has been sick in the head since the early 90s’. Remember him and Aaliyah? But that’s another subject.
R.Kelly as an artist is phenomenal. A singer, songwriter and record producer he has been giving us hits since the 1993. He gave us sex hits such as Bump n’ Grind, It Seems Like You’re Ready, The Zoo, Sex Planet, Sex Me, In The Kitchen, Slow Wind, and Half On a Baby.
He gave us family reunion songs like the Ignition (Remix), Step In the Name of Love, and Happy People.
He gave us songs from a woman’s point of view like and When a Woman Loves, Be Careful and When a Woman’s Fed Up.
He gave us inspirational songs like I Believe I Can Fly, I Wish, Worlds Greatest featured in Kirk Franklin’s ‘Lean On Me’ and U Saved Me.
He gave us songs of deception like Same Girl, featured in Kelly Price’s Friend of Mine, featured in The Isley Brothers ‘Contagious’, Down Low and the successful Hip-Hopera Trapped In the Closet Part 1-33.
He gave us party hits like Snake and I’m a Flirt (Remix) and lets not forget his unique songs Hair Braider and Real Talk.
R.Kelly is well rounded in the field of R&B and his artistry proves that he is overall the King Of R&B.
So readers tell me, do you agree that R.Kelly holds the crown of being the King of R&B or do you think that it’s someone else? Comment your thoughts.