'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.
We tapped a host of change agents to discuss the powerful link between women, music, and socio-political movements.
The album was both a celebration of the joys of success and a testament to the wounds it can never heal.
Queen Latifah can still spit hot fire as effortlessly as she belts a note. The beauty is, she’s proven she doesn’t have to choose between the two.
This classic song found Nina Simone highlighting Black happiness and optimism in the face of the tumult and turmoil happening outside her window.
Benefitting from a luminous, nostalgic sheen, ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ is a reminder that R&B duo Zhané were a unique voice in early 90s R&B.
The barriers women face in sports don’t differ much from that of the music industry, and they will be knocked down all the same.
A coming-of-age tale set to thumping bass and wheezing synths, ‘Kaleidoscope’ saw Kelis set the standard for a new era of experimental R&B.
While much of 1965’s ‘Pastel Blues’ is sonically subdued, the album’s 10-minute grand finale is a tour de force.
With ‘Very Necessary’, the First Ladies Of Hip-Hop, Salt-N-Pepa, pushed the genre forward, creating a cultural legacy when many critics called it a fad.
‘The Velvet Rope’ reaffirmed Janet Jackson’s position as the pre-eminent top-selling female recording artist of her generation.
With ‘The Emancipation Of Mimi’, Mariah Carey staged a stunning comeback that resulted in hard-fought, record-shattering creative freedoms.
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.
'Funky President,' episode two of the three-part series, follows the opening 'Funky Drummer,' released in July.
How the legendary soul imprint worked to make some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most celebrated and inspiring speeches available on record.