This year has been an interesting one, to say the least. For me, this year has been more of a solemn one so my taste in music has shifted more towards R&B. It seems that I’m not the only one that has felt this way this year. Overall it seems like more people listened to R&B more than they have in recent years. This is thanks to some amazing new artists arriving on the scene. When it came to hip-hop, we received some highly anticipated projects. The culture around the genre also seemed to shift slightly away from the music, which has held it back a bit. So with that, here’s my list of music that helped defied 2018.
Now that we are in 2019 a lot of people have begun to put their year in focus. Some have written their goals and ambitions for the new year down in their planners and notebooks. Others have just taken time to meditate and take mental notes on what they would like the year to be for them. Regardless of the method everyone is trying to bring their new year in focus.
This year has been a really good year for R&B. We’ve had the pleasure of seeing artists take steps forward in helping bring the genre back to its roots. H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Ella Mai, 6LACK, and Khalid allowed listeners to connect with their music by bringing transparency to their music. They focused in on the ups and downs of love and relationships along with the lessons they’ve learned dealing with it. As a result, there were more people listening to R&B and even more hit this year than in earlier years. So here are some of the R&B songs this year I loved and couldn’t get enough of this year. What songs were you feeling this year? Who would you want to hear more of next year?
The-Dream was a mastermind in the studio in the 2000s and a writer who has written countless hits. He has written records for Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. He has also penned and produced some memorable tracks for himself. With his signature “eh” adlib, it wasn’t hard to figure out his lyrics across the industry. So let’s take at one of the greatest writers in the last couple of decades, The-Dream.