I used to dread the approach of some 'processed' bird and her mate, fresh out the tanning booth and minus their skirts or knickers or both to deliver the immortal line ' got any r&b?' 'pon the replay?' etc etc.
I used to dread it and have prepacked answers ready to discourage any further demands and embarrass them slightly, not too much as they have a knack of getting steroid abusers involved if foul language is used too soon.
Perversely of recent, for reasons I know not why,I have found myself strangely drawn to early Usher tracks and Lumidee. Zhane and Tweet. It all sprang out of the commercial gigs I pick up for $, where the crowd are mainstream and request focused. 21 year old's telling me what they wanna hear often lead to me needing to play some R&B kinda tunes.
It seems I am not alone in this initially shameful penchant. As time went by I realised there are plenty of jocks playing, albeit their own edits, R&B and Hip Hop.
Here I intend to highlight or name & shame depending on your standpoint a few of the best examples...or worst offenders.
Wolf & Lamb Black , Crosstown Rebels, Greg Wilson, Souled, Soul Clap, Green Meadows, Fat Camp, Leo Zero - All guilty of supporting and promoting a genre sneered at over the years by a massive amount of the DJ's I know.
Imagination meet Missy via GW
Erykah Badu - Honey (Souled Remix) by Souled
Bill Brewster being naughty!
02 Bobby by Soul Clap
Elyte and Cnyce Humpin around with Bobby.
What's Up by Green Meadows
Hey WTF's up with Green Meadows
Genius use of Massive Attack, Amerie & The Stones - hats off to the PTA for these and of course to Mr Wilson for putting them together.
Rhianna 'Rude Boy' ( Leo Zero Re-work) by Leo Zero
Not the best in my opinion but proof it goes further than you would expect!
Question is what you gonna do about it? I'm already embracing this, it feels good to come out the closet! Not everyone will be down with this trend but I'm riding it baby. It's up to you - you got two options, eat or throw it away?