I had never really been a fan of any hardcore R&B music, but over the past year I have really grown to love some fabulous and sexy R&B artists!
One of my all time favorites: Miguel, this guy has a voice that makes me want to devour a pound of chocolate and drink a bottle of wine, all at the same time. His explicit lyrics range from creative metaphors to just plain sexy phrases. The flow of every song leaves you wanting more and more of his silky smooth voice. When I first listened to “Use Me” I immediately fell in love with Miguel. No, seriously… I want to marry him, but he happens to have a beautiful fiancé who just happens to be a model…
Favorite songs: Use Me, Adorn, How Many Drinks, and Sure Thing
Another newcomer I have discovered is Banks. Who knew this little girl had such a crazy beautiful voice. Her range is impeccable as you can hear on her latest single “Brain” which describes men in a general/sarcastic way singing “I can see you struggling, boy don’t hurt your brain, thinking what you’re gonna say, cause everything’s a game…” I find this song perfect when I’m pissed off at guys and need a really good tweet… Her songs range from full fledged rock synths to R&B swagged up beats followed by her cunning dark sultry voice. Following Banks’ voice in these songs leaves you firmly believing she is a dark but cute fairy from another world.
Favorite songs: Warm Water, Brain, Change, and Bedroom Wall
Ok, do NOT judge me, but Justin Bieber’s new music is so good. I could not be happier that he strayed a little bit from the straight up pop scene. Most of these songs are not even being played on the radio and it makes me mad. He finally starts making descent music and gets no play-time… My favorite right now is “Hold Tight” the lyrics are sexy and the reoccurring slow hip-hop beat is so relaxing to listen to. Justin’s lyrics are also quite creative and sometimes cliché, “Something like a zip lock, but a lip lock, want you wrapped ’round my arm like a wrist watch” The quiet guitars and trimmed down pop beat play a sensual game with Justin’s voice. After listening to these songs, you could easily believe Justin was made for R&B tracks.
Favorite songs: Hold Tight, All That Matters, Confident
Jhene Aiko: This beauty caught my attention when I first heard her on Drake’s snappy slowed down rap “From Time”. Her breathy gentle voice lends a helping hand in the most gorgeous way. I immediately looked her up and slapped myself for not listening sooner… My favorite song of hers is “Stay Ready”. A tropical drum beat guides the song into a soaring melody accompanied by Jhene’s blossoming lyrics. A quick cameo by the new rap genius Mr. Kendrick Lamar adds to the sex appeal of the song, “But if I stay monogamous promise this kiss will always taste like candy…” Jhene’s easy listening internal beauty is crazy contagious on every track.
Favorite songs: Stay Ready, Bed Peace, and The Worst