Mario’s career has come full circle and he’s back on the top of his game as an artist. Since his arrival in 2002 with his self titled album Mario, he has been one of the most underrated male artists in R&B.
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.
Thanks to today’s artists ability to be successful while staying independent, record labels like RCA have been forced to give out more favorable contracts. With artist’s having access to the social media market their art and new distribution platforms to give the public access the bargaining power has shifted in their favor. SZA has recently became possibly the biggest beneficiary to date with her joint deal with TDE and RCA.