R&B & Soul

Songs of Protest & Healing: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’s ‘Be Real Black for Me’

Songs of Protest & Healing: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’s ‘Be Real Black for Me’

Seratones’ A.J. Haynes on this compelling, comforting celebration of hard-won Black love.

A Place to Dance

A Place to Dance

Alumni of the Paradise Garage remember the club, and DJ, that redefined the discotheque.

The Country Soul of Swamp Dogg

The Country Soul of Swamp Dogg

How a septuagenarian R&B great went from relative obscurity to a late-career renaissance.

Black History Month: UNSUNG – The Producers

Black History Month: UNSUNG – The Producers

Here we honor the beatmakers and sonic artisans shaping our favorite records.

Black History Month: UNSUNG – The Songwriters

Black History Month: UNSUNG – The Songwriters

Check out these vibrantly gifted songwriters and composers, from R&B and rock to jazz and classical.

Black History Month: UNSUNG – The Vocalists

Black History Month: UNSUNG – The Vocalists

A genre-spanning survey of hugely gifted — albeit underrated — singers and emcees.

D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ Turns 20

D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ Turns 20

The landmark R&B album transformed neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz and more, and these eight tracks prove it.

Hip-Hop and R&B are Rock & Roll Too: Why Biggie and Whitney Belong in the Rock Hall

Hip-Hop and R&B are Rock & Roll Too: Why Biggie and Whitney Belong in the Rock Hall

J.D. Considine pushes back against some tired and troubling gripes.

John Legend’s ‘Get Lifted’ Turns 15

John Legend’s ‘Get Lifted’ Turns 15

How a young producer, Kanye West, helped an aspiring R&B singer-pianist, John Roger Stephens, become a legend.

TIDAL 10: R&B and the Interior Gaze

TIDAL 10: R&B and the Interior Gaze

In R&B, the 2010s will go down as the decade when a new aesthetics of abstention took hold.

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