R&B

Without SZA’s ‘CTRL,’ R&B Wouldn’t Be Where It Is Now

Released five years ago, SZA's major label debut is a peerless piece of work. CTRL is an honest, compelling R&B album… Read More

June 9, 2022

How R&B Allows Black Women To Express Their Sexuality

R&B allows Black women to explore a part of themselves that is often too taboo to touch on, in both… Read More

June 8, 2022

First Look Friday: UMI on Making Music That Heals

For our latest First Look Friday, we spoke with UMI about her career, her therapeutic debut album Forest in the… Read More

June 3, 2022

Mary J. Blige is No Longer Worried About the State of R&B

We spoke to legendary singer Mary J. Blige about the state of R&B and what she's trying to achieve with… Read More

May 11, 2022

PJ Morton’s ‘Watch the Sun’ is a Full Circle Moment

PJ Morton spoke with Okayplayer about representing New Orleans music, his new album Watch the Sun, collaborating with Nas and… Read More

April 29, 2022

Watch H.E.R., Lenny Kravitz, & Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Perform at the 2022 Grammys

H.E.R. hit the stage with nothing but legends during her Grammys performance. It's still relatively early in H.E.R.'s career but… Read More

April 3, 2022

Kehlani Shares Release Date For New Album, ‘Blue Water Road’

Kehlani announced the April 29th release date of third album Blue Water Road, which follows her 2020 album It Was… Read More

March 24, 2022

5 Albums That Made Neo-Soul Possible

The source code of neo-soul is scattered across a number of genre-defiant projects that pushed, and eventually broke, boundaries in… Read More

March 4, 2022

Why Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduizm’ Is The Best ’90s Neo-Soul Album

Erykah Badu's Baduizm not only stamped neo-soul's validity but foreshadowed its staying power decades after its invention. The year is 1997,… Read More

February 10, 2022

Muni Long Was a Pop Songwriter – Then She Bet on Herself as a Solo R&B Act

"We've seen viral moments where the song is huge for a couple of weeks and then it disappears, this is… Read More

January 28, 2022

22 Albums Okayplayer Can’t Wait to Hear in 2022

This year, new albums from artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Freddie Gibbs, and Normani are expected to drop. Here are… Read More

January 13, 2022

Ronnie Spector, Legendary Singer from the Ronettes, has Died

Ronnie Spector, powerhouse lead singer of the legendary 1960s pop group the Ronettes, died after a fight with cancer. Ronnie… Read More

January 12, 2022

First Look Friday: Wiley From Atlanta Wants To Make Authentic, Soulful Southern Music

For our latest First Look Friday, we spoke with Wiley from Atlanta about being influenced by soul and R&B music,… Read More

January 7, 2022

The Weeknd & DJ Jim Carrey Host a Purgatory Dance Party on New Album ‘Dawn FM’

After hosting a surprise livestream yesterday night in anticipation of his fifth album Dawn FM, "new sonic universe" from The… Read More

January 7, 2022

Jessie D, From Beloved ’80s R&B Group Force M.D.s, Has Died

Force M.D.s were known for being pioneers in hip-hop and R&B On Tuesday, it was confirmed on the group's Facebook… Read More

January 5, 2022

Ari Lennox & Summer Walker: The Yin & Yang of R&B

Though the two are very different, Ari Lennox and Summer Walker stand out in the upper echelon of R&B because… Read More

January 4, 2022