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ThisisRnB Presents: The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016

#Blessings 2016, we out!

Across the board it’s been a very interesting year for music, and R&B played a major role in adding unique projects to 2016. From our perspective–over the past couple of years–there appears to be a stronger push to return certain elements of traditional R&B to the mainstream public, even coming from the new generations. However, the genre is still evolving, continuing to grow and change, and creative progression is what we want to see.

What we heard this year, is a vast variety of R&B sounds, styles, and inspirations across many releases; from new breakout voices to mainstream megastars to long overdue comebacks from some of our most beloved singers. 2016 was the year for it all, whether you love buttery smooth soul, gritty blues, sinfully dark seduction, dance and sing-along anthems, retro funk and anything in-between, there was something for every taste in the many albums that were released this year.

Now, instead of offering our critical album rankings this year, we’ve taken a different approach to the list, and not placed the albums in number order, but just alphabetical. So click below to check out our list of The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016, and also check out the results of our Readers’ Choice Poll on the last page as well!

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R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Jhené Aiko & Many More Join “Soulquarius” Lineup

SOULQUARIUS is bringing a dream team of R&B stars to one stage!

The star-studded festival is set to take place at The Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana, California on Feb. 18 with headliners R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, and a joint set from Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Jhené Aiko, Brandy, Monica, The-Dream, Kelis, Mya, The Internet, and Willow Smith are also on the bill. Other R&B stars on deck include Ameriie, Ro James, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lloyd, Eric Bellinger, Jon B, and a reunited Pretty Ricky.

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Listen: BJ The Chicago Kid Releases New Mixtape ‘The Lost Files: Cuffing Season’

Cuffing Season is upon us and 3x Grammy nominee, BJ The Chicago Kid is delivering the perfect soundtrack for the season.

The soulful singer/songwriter has released his surprise new mixtape, The Lost Files: Cuffing Season. The 9-track project features some of BJ’s most soulful and sensual records to date with production from such names as Dre & Vidal (Miguel, Usher, Mariah Carey) and Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Zayn Malik, Janet Jackson).

The Lost Files features the recently released, “Uncle Marvin,” which the Chicago native debuted the video for on Tuesday. BJ discovered the tracks, which make up the project, earlier this year on a lost hard drive while moving and decided to put them out as a gift to his fans for supporting him this year!

Listen to BJ’s Lost Files below.

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Video: BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Marvin Gaye – Uncle Marvin

3x Grammy nominee, BJ The Chicago Kid has premiered a dark and moody video for his new song, “Uncle Marvin.” The video, directed by Chris Scholar, features the soulful crooner and his friends enjoying a holiday style house party, as well as guest appearances from such artists as Leon Bridges and fellow Motown Records labelmate, Kevin Ross.

Released last week, “Uncle Marvin” will be featured on BJ’s forthcoming mixtape entitled The Lost Files: Cuffing Season. The project will be released tomorrow, December 14. The 8-track mixtape is said to feature some of BJ’s most soulful and seductive records to date with production from, Dre & Vidal (Miguel, Usher, Mariah Carey) and more. BJ discovered the tracks earlier this year on a lost hard drive while moving and decided to put them out as a gift to his fans for supporting him this year!

Check out the “Uncle Marvin” video below.

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Video: Kevin Ross feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – Be Great (Remix)


R&B singer/songwriter Kevin Ross teams up with his fellow Motown Records signee BJ The Chicago Kid for a remix to his motivational anthem, “Be Great.” The visuals for the new remix coincide with the release of Kevin’s 4-song EP, Long Song Away.

Kevin thinks now is the perfect moment to share the “Be Great” remix and its motivational message. “I worked with BJ to create a version of “Be Great” that continues to encourage everyone to practice greatness, even in the face of great obstacles,” says Kevin. “With the election of Donald Trump, with the continued killings of black people by police, who are not held accountable in the court of law, with so much that’s going on, messages of positivity and perseverance are so important. Sometimes, what’s going on in the world can cause us to feel discouraged, but my message to people is that we have to still strive to be great every day.”

In addition to the “Be Great (Remix)” and his Long Song Away EP, Kevin has announced his #BeGreatHBCU scholarship today. Students from historically black colleges across the country will have the opportunity to win a scholarship for $1,500.

“Education is so important. It’s definitely a tool that can be used in the pursuit of greatness,” says Kevin. “I know how expensive school can be, so I want to at least be able to offer one of my fans a little something to help towards their educational dreams.”

Kevin’s Long Song Away EP is available on all DSPs now, it is the prelude to his forthcoming debut album, The Awakening, which will be released in March 2017. Check out the video for the “Be Great (Remix)” below.

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New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Marvin Gaye – Uncle Marvin


With good news comes more good news! BJ The Chicago Kid was so inspired by his 3 GRAMMY nominations that he has decided to gift fans with a brand new song, called “Uncle Marvin.”

Inspired by and featuring vocals from Marvin Gaye, the track features a sample from Marvin’s “Cleo’s Apartment,” as BJ soulfully thanks his woman for still loving him.

“I just got one question for you / How can you do the things you do / Knowing the things you know / And turn right around and keep giving me amazing love / Knowing that I keep doing you wrong,” he sings.

Yesterday’s announcement of the GRAMMY nominations saw BJ receive 3 nods including Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Earlier this year the Motown singer/songwriter was featured on a re-imagined duet version of Marvin’s song “What’s Going On” for a special 10” vinyl EP of What’s Going On in celebration of the classic albums 45th anniversary.

Take a listen to the soulful “Uncle Marvin” below.

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The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations Are Here, Beyoncé Leads with Nine


The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are already around the corner, and Beyoncé is leading the pack with nine nominations!

Queen Bey’s noms land in all the major categories, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year. Her chart-topping and critically-acclaimed album Lemonade is up for Album of the Year against Adele’s 25, Justin Bieber’s Purpose, Drake’s Views, and Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.

“Hold Up” is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” featuring Jack White for Best Rock Performance, and “Freedom” featuring Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

In the Record of the Year category, Bey’s “Formation” is nominated alongside Adele’s “Hello,” Rihanna and Drake’s “Work,” Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” and Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.”

Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West follow Bey with eight nominations apiece, while first-time nominee Chance the Rapper scores seven nods including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.

Rising R&B stars BJ The Chicago Kid and Ro James land their first nominations for Best R&B Performance, while BJ also receives noms for Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Album, which will see him competing against Lalah Hathaway (Lalah Hathaway Live), Terrace Martin (Velvet Portraits), Mint Condition (Healing Season), and Mya (Smoove Jones).

Best R&B song nominees include PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Come See Me” feat. Drake), Bryson Tiller (“Exhange”), Rihanna (“Kiss It Better”), Maxwell (“Lake By The Ocean”), and Tory Lanez (“Luv”).

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

See a partial list of nominees below and click here for the full list.

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Listen: Producer Salaam Remi Releases 3 New Songs with BJ The Chicago Kid, Elle Varner & Mack Wilds


Legendary producer Salaam Remi has announced a new platform in which he will release special projects under his Louder Than Life label. Called ‘Do It For The Culture’ the program appears to be a unit in which he will debut new music and full projects from new artists that he has signed or is working with.

It has been said that he plans to release 50 songs every few months over the next few years. The current release features new, original music from new groups and artists including NO PANTY (Nitty Scott, Bodega Bamz, Joell Ortiz), The Champagne Flutes, Sex All Summer, and Miraa May; as well as new records from BJ The Chicago Kid, Elle Varner, and Mack Wilds.

Take a listen to the new records by BJ, Elle, and Mack below.

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