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 best Christmas hip-hop and R&B songs find Kanye giving the gift of a guest spot and Kurtis Blow doing a different kind of Christmas wrapping.
'It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me' took Barry's bedroom soul into the disco era.
From deep funk cuts to snazzy jazz numbers, the best Thanksgiving songs focus on food and gratitude for the holidays.
No longer masking her ornate bravado with hip-hop samples, ‘Mary’ saw Mary J Blige follow her 70s muse and take a plunge into neo-soul.
‘What’s The 411?’ introduced to the world a fusion of R&B hooks and hip-hop beats.
'My Life' moved 90s R&B out of its adolescence, effectively marking the moment when New Jack Swing grew up and became hip-hop soul.
Genre-defining anthems from the finest golden age of R&B, the best 90s R&B songs still fill dancefloors while speaking to the soul.
Not often a label thought of in hip-hop terms, the best Motown samples prove that Berry Gordy’s empire had more than enough beats for the crate-diggers.
Blige will also star in the forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, ‘Respect.’
Blige joins a legendary class of inductees including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, and the original Temptations.
The film also stars Marlon Wayans, Forrest Whitaker, Marc Maron, and more.
Restlessly innovative, Maroon 5 released ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,’ kick-starting their crossover assault on the pop and dance worlds.
‘Karma 3 Deluxe’ culminated a run for East that saw him move from regional star to nationwide talent.
In life and love, Mary J. Blige wanted no more drama, but that certainly never applied to her sense of style.