Contemporary Rhythm and Blues Essentials

Since the '70s, urban music has been transformed by the rise of rap and hip-hop, as well as by the rebirth of dance music, often eclipsing older R&B accents. Yet a hardy community of contemporary R&B stylists has endured, adding new generations of singers, musicians, writers, and producers who carry on the soul virtues of classic R&B--well-crafted songs, powerful solo and choral singing, and decidedly adult themes. Today's slow grooves trace a direct line back to the soul ballads of 30 years past, and any fears that phat beats and gangsta raps would render older, more lyrical R&B obsolete have been overturned by the past decade's bumper crop of powerful young stars. Consider this overview of essential contemporary R&B CD's.

Classic Rhythm & Blues Here
Contemporary Rhythm & Blues
Motown R&B Here
Funk Essential Music Here


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Baduizm by Erykah Badu

I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly

Live by Erykah Badu

Secrets by Toni Braxton

Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite by Maxwell

I Ain't Movin' by Des'ree

Evolution by Boyz II Men

MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 by Babyface

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby

Toni Braxton

Unplugged by Maxwell

II by Boyz II Men

Best Of Luther Vandross...The Best Of Love

EV3 by En Vogue

Love Is on the Way by Luther Vandross

One Night With You: The Best...Vol. 2 by Luther Vandross

Mind Adventures by Des'ree

Funky Divas by En Vogue

R. Kelly

Song for Mama by Boyz II Men

Brown Sugar by D'Angelo

No Diggity by Blackstreet

A Closer Look by Babyface

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 by New Edition

Lovers by Babyface

How Could an Angel Break Your by Toni Braxton


Poison by Bell Biv Devoe

For The Cool In You by Babyface

Diary Of A Mad Band by Jodeci

Power Of Love by Luther Vandross

Bump 'N' Grind by R. Kelly

12 Play by R. Kelly

Cooleyhighharmony [Spanish Version] by Boyz II Men

Songs by Luther Vandross

Favorites by Johnny Gill

Evolucion by Boyz II Men

Tender Lover by Babyface

You're Making Me High by Toni Braxton

Keith Sweat

The Day by Babyface

Born Into The 90's by R. Kelly

Never Let Me Go by Luther Vandross

Secrets by Toni Braxton

Don't Be Cruel by Bobby Brown

Another Level by Blackstreet

King Of Stage by Bobby Brown

Ginuwine...The Bachelor

Candy Rain by Soul For Real

Let's Get The Mood Right by Johnny Gill


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