Every time someone says that "R&B is dead" or proclaims that they're "bringing R&B back," I must control myself from unleashing a tirade for them to stop the madness and to start listening a lot closer to all of the quality R&B music being produced today. Yes, today. Sure, R&B music may not have the mainstream prominence and chart dominance that it's had in years past, but the genre is alive, kicking and not going anywhere anytime soon. With that in mind, we reached out to one of our favorite Mixologists, DJ OhsoKool outta NYC, to co-curate a mix of some of the best new R&B out right now for R&B Is Not Dead Vol. 1 to celebrate Black Music Month.
We love the R&B from the '80s and '90s, and the new directions in which genre is moving and evolving, but there is no shortage of new fangled R&B to give us that old school, feel-good vibe. You'll hear a number of those songs on this R&B Is Not Dead Vol. 1 mix featuring tracks by Mary J. Blige, Tank, Ledisi, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé and more. This is the first volume of what we're sure will be many to come. So the next time you hear some someone talking smack about the lack of good R&B music, just point them in this direction.
OhsoKool's R&B Is Not Dead Vol. 1 [Download]
Usher - Good Kisser (OSKNYC Touch Me BK Block Party Blend)
Trey Songz - What's Best For You
Christon Gray - Vanish
Anthony Lewis - Candy Rain
The Foreign Exchange feat. Sy Smith - Right After Midnight
Yasmin Green - Into The Night
Mary J. Blige - Moment Of Love
Tank - You're My Star
Ledisi - Rock With You
Lalah Hathaway feat. Divageek - Shine
Kesington Kross - Gimme Your Love
Teyana Taylor - D.U.I.
Mariah Carey - You Don't Know What To Do
Jennifer Hudson - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)
CeCe Peniston - Nothing Can Stop Me Now
Zo! feat. Eric Roberson & Phonte - We Are On The Move
Beyoncé - Blow