There are a billion threads on "the state of hip-hop", "Hip-hop is not the same as rap", "Mainstream rap sucks", "Hip-hop is dead".
We get that. But my questions are when did R&B die and why did it die?
I rarely hear modern R&B on the radio anymore. It certainly is not played on the Urban music stations. Sure, there are R&B stations that play modern R&B, but most of the stuff they play is older artists like Earth, WInd, & Fire, Luther Vandross, Prince, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, etc. I just do not hear that much new R&B being released to the mainstream media.
How did it get pushed so far underground? The music is not actually dead, but it is not relevant to many young people today. Any thoughts?