The genre I have
chose is R&B…
I have chosen R&B because it’s music I enjoy regularly listening too.
I like R&B because 99% of the time the lyrics are clean and not too Volga. Listening to
it keeps me in a good mood an the beats of the songs has a relaxation tone too it.
depending on the type of mood I’m in depends on the type of artist I listen too because
they all have there own techniques and lyrics.
I also like R&B because it’s the type of music you can dance too and make up routines
because of the continuous rhythm throughout the song its easy to catch the four beats.
Jerry Wexler came
up with the term
‘R&B’ in 1948.
R&B has been around from the 1940’s and
ended in the 1950’s where it was then taken
over by ‘contemporary R&B’.
The term R&B replaced the term ‘race music’. It was called race
music because this type of music originally came from within
the black community. It was changed because it was said to be
R&B style of music came from a mixture of electric blues,
gospel and soul. R&B got its name from the beat and melody.
The precursor of rhythm and blues came from jazz and blues,
through the work from ‘The Hamfat’s and T-bone walker.
R&B bands usually dressed in suits or had a uniform.
Electric guitars was the lead instrument but the band would usually consist of a piano
and a sax.
The original R&B artist were: James Brown, Billy Wright, Big Joe Turner, Johnny Turner
and Faye Adams.
Contemporary R&B is the modern version of R&B which
came about in the late 1980’s. today’s R&B is used to
convey the style of African- American music after disco in
the early 1980’s.
‘Urban contemporary’ is also another name for contemporary R&B, this consists of
Hip-Hop, R&B and soul. R&B is today used to abbreviate the term rhythm and bass.
R&B has severely modernized in the production style by using drum machines,
backing rhythms and different vocal arrangements. Contemporary R&B artists are
commonly known for using melisma.
Top mainstream artists were, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Diana
In the mid-90’s Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, TLC, SWV and Boys 11 Men, all
brought contemporary R&B to the mainstream.
Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson were 1st and 2nd most successful artists of the 90’s.
In the minellium artist such as Beyonce and usher became huge after starting
their career in the late 90’s.
The pioneers of R&B were Lionel Hampton, Ruth Brown, Louis
These are a few of the small number of people to bring R&B to
…R&B started off as religious as the music was influenced by gospel.
Illuminati and contemporary R&B
In R&B today there is a new controversy over the illuminati cult.
Most R&B and Hip-Hop artist are now conforming to this cult also commonly
known as the freemason.
The artist are involving imagery and symbolism into their music videos and also
lyrics to allow their audience to recognize this.
In the 1940’s, when performing and
doing videos R&B artists would
wear suits and even custom
In this generation of R&B, artist
wear more revealing clothes.
They were a lot of jewelry and
tend to have a lot of colorful
clothing and heavy make up.
Old video’s vs.
older R&B video’s are in black and white
most of the time. The women in the videos
are fully covered and tend to be dressed
up in formal wear with light make up and
hair done up.
In contemporary R&B video’s there’s
always lights and special effects. The
women are always wearing revealing
clothes and heavy bright coloured make
R&B videos have changed drastically from
when R&B was first discovered. Not only
has the dress codes changed because of
the way society is today, but also
technology has changed. The graphics
are better, the lighting is better, colour has
improved and special effects have been