Welcome to SB Mixtape! This week we are featuring R&B (rhythm and blues) songs. Originally a style of music marketed and created by a specific demographic, the genre has broadened to appeal to many and in the process undergone a few changes. Through the years, R&B has been marked by such distinct elements as jazz, funk, soul, gospel, blues, rap, and more recently EDM. Also, hip-hop and R&B are becoming increasingly linked together – with Billboard even combining the two terms for one of its charts.
Korean R&B frequently meshes hip-hop and R&B together in many popular songs. A component usually present in most R&B songs is the melismatic vocal styling that takes a syllable across different melodic notes. In addition, as groups are still prominent in the K-entertainment scene, varying tones and harmonies can all be experienced in one song. Check it out in the playlist below!
R&B continues to undergo a revolution in its sound. There were certainly a bunch of tracks that I could not fit on this playlist. Which R&B songs and artists are your favorites, and which ones do you think should have been included?