Let’s stop asking questions the state of R&B. The genre has been in good hands for a long time, if you didn’t notice. Some music-lovers haven’t been searching hard enough to find the sounds they are looking for. The new school of R&B have taken a page out of their predecessors’ books but also added their own spins on a genre that’s been nurtured for years and years.
Whether they’re crooning over smooth instrumentals or adopting the contemporary fusion of melodic trap, there’s no doubt that today’s class of vocalists are carrying the torch for R&B. Household names like SZA, H.E.R., and Summer Walker have the game on lock whenever they drop, but there are plenty more veterans – and a handful of newcomers – who are taking their rightful places at the forefront of R&B. Here are the top artists you should have in your playlist rotation.