The world of R&B is being forced to come to terms with itself after Diddy said R&B not only was dead last month but that it “is muthaf*ckin’ dead as of right now.” Well Tank, who is now over 20 years into his career that just released his 10th album in August decided to chime in on the matter. He said as a guest at the Grammy museum in downtown LA as part of The Drop conversation series, “Record labels are in this to make money,” Tank said. “Radio conglomerates are in this to make money. Venues are in this to make money. A rap record that was made for $2,500 in somebody’s basement sold a million copies. An R&B record made in the biggest studio in the world, had already spent $1.2 million, sold the same one million records.”
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He added: “As rap takes over, all of a sudden melodic rap sneaks in. Now, people would rather hear rappers singing bad than singers singing good.” As for his new album, he’s described it as “an uninterrupted sex tape.” And as for the title R&B Money, he says he’s been wanting to bring back the “expensive part of R&B that’s missing, the emotional and spiritual connection.” And as for being a 17 track uninterrupted sex tape, those are some heavy words to put out there. We’re going to have to wait for the reviews and see how many people did just that to the album.
Also chiming in was Usher on the SiriusXM show Bevelations who said, “When I do hear people, even like Puff saying, you know R&B is dead, he sounds nuts to me. It sounds, it sounds, it sounds crazy. You know, especially knowing he was a pioneer in understanding and beneficiary of it. You know, the source that is R&B created the breath of life that was breathed into Hip Hop. It wouldn’t be. There would be no Hip Hop if there were not R&B, so it’s blasphemous to hear me say, to hear people say anything, especially Hip Hop cats, to say anything about R&B.” And with Usher pretty much being the King of R&B these days (Who’s going to argue otherwise), if he says R&B isn’t dead, it damn isn’t. We’ll even add that DMV R&B singer J Fitts who responded to Diddy asking who killed R&B on Twitter, “The fake ass A&R’s did . If you look for J Fitts it ain’t dead no more.” He was also in our PopGlitz Song of the Day series as well.
The fake ass A&R’s did . If you look for J Fitts it ain’t dead no more https://t.co/jdfKcHa8Hx
— J. Fitts FTS🥷 (@MyVoiceWetPants) August 17, 2022