Is there any other genre as misleading and as badly defined as Contemporary R&B? (except for smooth jazz).
- Ask your friend or neighbor what they think of Contemporary R&B and chances he/she will say that it is nothing but "commercial music for the clubs with lots of naked chicks, bling bling and luxury/alcohol brands in the videos".
- Ask your parents and they will probably tell you it has nothing to do with the real R&B.
- Ask a stranger in the street about which Contemporary R&B they are aware of and I can bet they'll tell something like "Rihanna, Chris Brown, Jason Derülo, The Black Eyed Peas, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber" or maybe even "David Guetta or Lady Gaga"... :/ In other words, a mix of pop, hip-hop and dance.
A few years ago, the answer would have been pop-rappers such as Nelly or Ja Rule or people like Akon, Sean Paul and Jennifer Lopez. …