'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.
Poetic and provocative, Common rose from underground hip-hop to become the music’s fiercest custodian. The best Common songs reveal how.
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.
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.
Unlike most other eras, the notion of 90s music is hard to pin down. Oddball and eclectic, the decade defies easy categorisation, but it’s this cross-pollination of sounds that left a boundary-breaking...
With a PhD in emotional honesty, she keeps it street and soulful. The best Mary J Blige songs show why the singer remains a unique force in R&B.