Steeped in tradition while pushing music into new frontiers, modern R&B has infiltrated the mainstream and become the go-to sound for pop music.
Many record labels run by musicians have been little more than vanity imprints, but the most important of them have pioneered artists’ rights in the music industry.
The Barbados-born Rihanna has come a long way since ‘Pon De Replay.’ Here are 20 of the best Rihanna songs to take you on that journey.
Before hip-hop and R&B got together, the rap ballad showed the softer side of hip-hop. The best hip-hop love songs prove that MCs need love too.
The 16 newly-announced names will be voted on by some 1,000 notables in the music industry.
Hip-hop’s original storyteller, Slick Rick has carried the narrative torch for over three decades. The best Slick Rick songs reveal how.
Widely used by discerning crate-diggers and hip-hop heads, the best Blue Note samples have become part of the cultural fabric.
Roc Lit 101 will be led by Chris Jackson alongside Roc Nation’s Vice President Jana Fleishman.
Decades into his career, Jay Z can truly claim to run the town. We look at his best collaborations, from Kanye West to Rihanna.
The track comes from the rapper’s latest album ‘So Help Me God’ out now.
With her ‘Talk That Talk’ album, Rihanna continued her reign over pop music, throwing genre and romantic conventions to the wind.
Straddling the chart-savvy and the underground, Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ remains a masterpiece that’s both amazing and appalling.
With her sex-positive image, unbridled confidence and elite lyricism, Foxy Brown’s ‘Ill Na Na’ became the blueprint for female MCs in hip-hop.
The former president shared 20 favorite tunes to accompany his new memoir, ‘A Promised Land.’
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl, and one can only dream of being in that position.”