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21 R&B Videos from the 2000s To Get You Ready for Spring Love!

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Ah, spring! The season where the weather is nice, the flowers start to bloom, and R&B songs reign supreme!

As the weather finally went from drab to fab in the blink of an eye, I couldn’t help but play one of my favorite songs dedicated to the spring: Stevie B’s 1988 hit-single “Spring Love”.  Now, in the midst of me bobbin’ my head while the wind blew through and hit my bad hair day chia pet hair, I realized that this is the season that is the precursor to the official choose up season (word to Eric B.). It is in the spring that you engage in the drafting to the choose up season…if you will. It is with spring that you start laying down the good talk game to secure your spot for the playoff season if you’re in the market to be traded or do the trading.

Of course though, we all know that R&B is literally the genre of love (and heartache, but we’ll save that for another list), so it was only right that we delivered a list of R&B songs/videos from the 2000s to get you ready for spring love! What better way to let the one you’re checkin’ for know that they’ve caught your eye then to play them a track from one of the best eras (I’m not here to let you debate me, so don’t try) of music ever made?

Jump into our list of “21 R&B Videos from The 2000’s to Get You Ready for Spring Love” below!

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Celebrating Maxwell’s Grammy-Nominated Debut Album ‘Urban Hang Suite’ 20 Years Later!

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Maxwell.

When we hear or see that name, our interest is piqued, eager to experience euphoric grooves and mellifluous vocals. We adore him because he is a master at curating soundscapes of insatiable desire. And it’s been that way for the past 20 years.

When the Brooklyn bred singer/songwriter’s seminal debut, Urban Hang Suite dropped on April 2, 1996, the R&B game was solid, but the Neo-Soul movement—of which Maxwell is a pioneer—introduced a brave new world.  Like a quiet storm, Urban Hang Suite initially went unnoticed, but eventually, it went platinum and earned a Grammy nomination, fulfilling its rightful place as a R&B classic.

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List: The Best of February – Top 12 Records

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It’s incredible to think that February 2016 has all of the capability to be labeled as the best month of the year, and we’re nowhere near done! From Beyoncé commanding all the ladies into “Formation” to Tweet and Missy Elliott’s re-connection on “Somebody Else Will,” the year’s shortest month (even on a leap year) supplied some really good music.

In addition to the music supplied, February brought along one of the most memorable Black History Month’s in recent years. With notable Grammy performances, Oscar snubs, and apparent riots against those standing up for the culture, this Black History Month was absolutely a little more “lit” than usual and our appreciation for it was the same.

With all of that in mind and brought forth to your immediate memory, get into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” list below!

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List: The Best of January – Top 12 Records

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2016 has already shown to be impactful musically, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Setting the tone for what we predict will be a successful year for R&B, January has delivered some strong contenders for our end of year lists.

Inclusive of a highly anticipated return of Fantasia, the delivery of Tank’s sequel to Sex, Love & Pain, and new releases from some of our favorite new artists, if the state of R&B was ever in an emergency before, we’re convinced that it’s on it’s way out of the red.

While there were so many choices that made it hard for us to choose from, we’re confident in the choices that we made for this awesome month of music.

So, without any more teasing, jump into our “Best of January – Top 12 Records” below!

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ThisisRnB Presents: 16 Albums To Sweat In 2016

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2015 was truly an excellent year in music, and it may seem hard to top, but looking into 2016 we are remaining optimistic.  While last year saw the surprise comeback of music icon Janet Jackson, return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sullivan, Tamia and Jill Scott, along with a monster crossover by The Weeknd, there is plenty more to look forward to this year.

With R&B continuing to reach vast audiences of varying age groups, tastes and styles, there will be something for everyone once again in 2016.

An exciting class of newcomers, lead by the likes of Kehlani and Tory Lanez, bring some of the most anticipated debuts. Strong 2nd and 3rd albums are expected by some of the already established current stars like Tinashe and K. Michelle, while anticipated comebacks by veterans like Usher, Tweet, and the Queen Bey will surely top most fans sweat list.

Get a sneak peek into the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “16 Albums To Sweat in 2016” below!

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ThisIsRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

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2015 was the best year in R&B since the ’90s … Go ahead, fight us on that…

Ok, maybe not exactly, but it was damn near close and we’ve been reveling in it all year long.  So, with 2016 upon us and the same question – Where did the year go? – we spent the last month of 2015 re-listening, debating, writing, enjoying, and celebrating all of the amazing albums that hit our desks from a very wide range of artists.

Great R&B ruled in it’s current arena, which is Urban AC radio and independent labels, but it also slowly began to slide back into the mainstream.  Veteran artists took strong stands for their beloved style, while young acts only born in the 90s just did what felt natural and real to them.  Truth and authenticity ruled as the overall theme, even when it came in the form of a 60s soul revivalist or dark R&B protagonist taking over pop radio.

With open arms we welcomed the return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sulllivan and Tamia, and saluted male R&B lotharios Tyrese, Ne-Yo and Raheem DeVaughn.  The legendary Janet Jackson surprised everyone and reminded us why she is Unbreakable.  Newcomer Bryson Tiller stole the underground king trophy, and Miguel reminded us to let our Wildhearts run free.

The only thing that might have made it better would have been if Maxwell got off the beach and finally gave us the oft-delayed follow-up to BLACKsummers’night.  Anyways, let’s toast to what’s to come in 2016, and flashback with us to 2015’s most notable albums with “The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015” below!

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List: The Best of November – Top 10 Records

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Yes, yes we know…we’re a little late on getting you our best of list for the month of November, but with all the dope music to choose from we had a little trouble deciding who would make the cut. Or we’re just now waking up from our turkey coma… whichever scenario you want to believe.

As the year is almost to an end, it seems like everyone who’s anyone is trying to get that last round of good music to their fans. Whether it was through a new single, a mixtape, or an album, the month of November offered up some pretty great audio treats from some of your (and our) favorites. Whether it was the sounds of The Pied-Piper of R&B or the re-uniting of T-Pain & Plies, last month gave us turkey with a cool vibe on the side.

Looking for a way to stay warm? Grab some cocoa, press play, and turn up with the sounds of our “Best of November – Top 10 Records” list below!

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List: The Best of October – Top 12 Records

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Where has the year gone?! We’re already in the last two months of 2015 and it feels like we were literally just waiting on summer to hit! However, reality has set in and we’re well aware that it’s time for colder days, longer nights, and change of leaves for your delight. Along with all of those great things, R&B didn’t half-step when it came to what it offered up in October.

From the surprise re-emerging of Adele to the apologetic pleas of Chris Brown and Rick Ross, October delivered some pretty solid releases for us to cuddle up to. Others responsible for giving us what we needed this month were Ariana Grande, Keke Palmer, Miguel, and more.

So, while you binge on all of your younger relatives’ candy from this weekend’s Halloween festivities, get one last treat in with our “Best of October – Top 12 Records” list below!

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