One of the black community’s greatest gifts to the world is an amazing list of genres and artists who have changed the way we all listen to music. Without genres like the blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, Afrobeat, calypso, reggae, roots music, rap and hip-hop, The western world might still be doing the fucking waltz. But, there has been a huge drop in popularity and influence of R&B over the last several decades.
Where R&B artists used to be chart-toppers, now they are virtually invisible on the charts as their record sales have plunged like your girl on me. They no longer have much of a presence on black radio. So, what happened to this previously dominant musical genre?
There was a time when R&B singers were elevated and celebrated because of their talent and not their looks. It would be disrespectful to name fabulous singers of the past as examples, but one who has been called the “Queen of Soul” might be an example.
The quality of the music, of the voices, was paramount back then. But, those days are long gone. Today, there are too many R&B artists who are eye candy with not much talent or average talent, and the truly talented artists are not signed or promoted because of the way they look. The record-buying public notices this and stops feeling compelled to buy the music.
Personally, I think this new generation plays a role in the decline of R&B sales and popularity. People today believe R&B is a "soft" genre. And if you listen to it, apparently you're pussy. What do you all think? Sound off in the comments below!