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List: The Best of March – Top 10 Records

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Whew! 2015 is moving as quick as the wind! It feels as if in just a blink of an eye, the month of March has come and gone and the first quarter of the year is now behind us.

If you’ve been following our lists, you’d know how much good music was brought to us in January and February, and we must say, March has been no different. From the return of Jill Scott and Jamie Foxx, to new sounds from Jhené Aiko and Jodeci, we were blessed with some music to carry us fully into Spring.  Although there weren’t many major single releases throughout the month, the surprise mixtapes and EPs made up for it.  Anyways, quality will always supersede quantity in our humble musical opinion.

Ready to see what had us vibing out last month? Check out the “Best of March – Top 10 Records” below!

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List: The Best of February – Top 12 Records

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2015 has proven to be the year of the comeback! While last month provided releases from Jazmine Sullivan, Jodeci, and more, February has us running to YouTube to hit play on some of our favorite songs from R&B past.

From the return of songstress Tamia to the reunion of the early ’00s group Pretty Ricky, the month of the lover brought out some top contenders in the genre of R&B. Whether you’re a fan of the classic sounds or more of the progressive style that’s out today, February’s list has something to offer for every type of lover in you.

Although this may be only the second month of the year, it’s going to be difficult to top what was offered this time around.

So, if you’re ready for that good good, jump into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” below!

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List: The Best of January – Top 10 Records

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With a new year comes new music, and we couldn’t be more ready. While January is the leading month of the year, it also set the tone for what we know will be another strong year for R&B.

With the highly anticipated return of Jazmine Sullivan to the release of Ne-Yo’s latest album, we’ve already had a running start to 2015. In that same category of superb musical delivery are classic R&B group Jodeci as well as the Radio Killer himself, The-Dream.

In addition to a few veterans, new artists such as V Bozeman and Lyrica Anderson kept us on our toes and in our feelings with their stellar releases as well.

So, without any more teasing, jump into our “Best of January – Top 10 Records” below!

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ThisisRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014

Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014

Better late than never right?? 2014 may be over and done, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bask in it a bit more. While the year brought about many disappointments and frustrations, it also brought with it a few blessings in the form of R&B.

Whether you were waiting on your favorite artist to drop another album, or you were introduced to the sounds of someone different, there’s no denying the talent that moved through our ears and speakers last year. From Mary J. Blige’s commendable trip across the pond to K. Michelle’s anticipated sophomore effort to Chris Brown yet again finding favor in the hearts of many for his music, some damn good audible treats surfaced during 2014.

Although the above may be true, unfortunately some artists didn’t receive the shine that they deserved for their obviously noted underrated albums. That however, has never stopped us from giving them their well-deserved props and doing our part to help everyone discover their greatness.

So, even if you preferred to be “Dancing In The Dark” over getting “2 On,” there’s no way that anyone can say that this past year didn’t help with moving R&B back to the top of the charts! Gone are the days of R&B being looked at as “tarnished,” “washed,” or “unappreciated,” because there were truly some classic and timeless pieces of art dropped throughout last year.

So, without further adieu, give yourself one more look back with “The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014″ below!

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ThisisRnB Presents: Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014

 Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014

Y’all thought we forgot, huh? Although a little time has passed since 2014 ended, we couldn’t leave you without a recap of the year’s finest. Indeed, 2015 has already kicked off to a great start, but last year saw some of R&B’s most talented artists drop great pieces of work. While many of the best mixtapes or EPs came from new and growing artists in the genre, that doesn’t mean they didn’t put out work that parallels the veterans. Some, that we are proud to say, produced better material than artists who delivered full length projects last year.

While 2013 had us screaming the praises of Sevyn Streeter and Jhené Aiko, made us fall in love with Maxine Ashley and Tinashe, and let us know that Adrian Marcel was what the industry had been missing, it was last year that really solidified the fact that the new class of R&B artists are playing no games.

Doing our job to keep you up on the music that deserves to be heard, our “Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014” list will either remind you, intrigue you, or wake you the hell up and let you know how much you’ve slept on some of the most talented emerging artists of the year.

So, moonwalk back to last year and press play on the “Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014″ below!

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List: The Best of December – Top 15 Records

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2014 is a wrap and we’re simply astonished at how quickly the year has gone by! What’s even more astonishing though, is the music that hit our ears month after month, and like any other month, we’re here to give you our take on some of the best singles that dropped during the month of December.

Even though the holidays have a tendency to make people lazy, that sure wasn’t the case for the artists who chose to deliver material in the last month of 2014. From the captivating sounds of Jazmine Sullivan to the vocal fight for change from John Legend, December brought out some heavy hitters in the genre of R&B.

Without a doubt, we can confidently say that it’s been one hell of a year for music! While we’re a little sad to see 2014 go, we’re positive that 2015 will do just as much – if not more – for R&B and all of those involved in evolving, progressing and sustaining the genre.

In the meantime though, do one last reflection of the year with our “Top 15 Records of December” below!

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List: The Best of November – Top 12 Records

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It’s the week after Thanksgiving and along with the extra weight that we have to drop from over eating, it’s time for another monthly list! Fresh off of the infamous “leftover” weekend, we’re one step closer to closing out 2014 and embarking on a well-anticipated 2015. Coming off of a slow month for music in October, we’re back with some tunes for you to rock with while burning off the pounds from your plates.

Between keeping it real and funk’n you up to smackin’ it in the air, this month had many contributions from artists that we were surprised to hear from. Breaking the internet a few times this month, November’s pickings will find you still giving your thanks for good music.

Ready to dance off all of that Thanksgiving stuffing? Press play and get into our “Best of November – Top 12 Records” list below!

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List: The 10 Artists That We Are Most Thankful For This Year!

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Ahhhh, Thanksgiving. The time of year that we sit around the table, stuff ourselves fat, and watch football all day long! While Thanksgiving gets its rep for the loaded plates that we anticipate all year long, some of us forget the true meaning of the holiday.  Meant to be a reminder of all things that we are thankful for, the Thanksgiving holiday wouldn’t be right for us, if we didn’t give our own spin on it.

This year has brought in a batch of talent fresher than your Granny’s cookies, that have made us find appreciation in 2014 just that much more.  But, don’t think that we’ve forgotten about the veterans that held it down this year too. With contributions from both old, and new artists to the R&B genre, 2014 dropped off some of the most impressive and – in some cases – unfortunately slept on talent that we’ve seen or heard.

From bringing back the true essence of R&B to keeping up with the current progressive sounds, each of these artists gave us a little something that had us looking back on the year with big smiles and wide arms.

So, without any further delay, let’s get into our Thanksgiving list, “10 Artists That We Are Most Thankful For This Year!”

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