What Happened to the "Good" R&B Music?

If you don't like R&B don't bother answering the question.

I was listening to the radio on my way to work this morning and one station was playing Boyz II Men's hit record, "End of the Road." I remember thinking while I was listening to the record, "What happened to the good R&B like that of Boyz II Men?"

I love Usher but honestly his stuff is so "watered down" (pop sounding) that I don't feel it anymore. Example "Love in the club."

Chris Brown is another pop artist who in my opinion can't sing.

Mariah Carey doesn't sing anymore she only talk/sing on her records now.

Ne-Yo, I like him but I think he's trying to be too much like Prince (and I think there can only be one Prince).

Those artist are the only R&B artist out right now. Did R&B die with Luther? And where is Babyface?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Boys II Men was a group that definitely stayed with the old R& B formula. The best artists are the "old-school" artists that were probably before your time :) Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross, Alexander O'Neal, and Prince are also very talented artists with excellent quality music and vocals. I actually WENT to the Purple Rain concert and Ne-Yo can't touch Prince. Standards are low in society, so people don't have high expecations from artists either. Music videos have lowered standards too.

  • 1 decade ago

    It went the same place good "hip hop" music went.

    It don't longer benefits its listeners, (spiritually, socially, or inspires creativity)its only purpose is to line the pockets of the artists, & mostly the record company/execs.

  • 1 decade ago

    That's because it's all been watered down, and recycled 10 times. Sometimes I feel like I'm just getting older, and the newer music is for the younger genaration. Everything now is about fashion, money, and sex. It feel's like R&B turned into Disco.

  • 1 decade ago

    all of the "r&b" is not actually r&b its pop the only thing close to r&b is what they know call "soul" and even that is not up to standards baby face is propbably still reeling over his wife leaving him and taking quite a bit of his money

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