Polished sound and sophisticated production.
As soul music became more polished and less earthy, it evolved into R&B. Out with drummers. In with drum machines.
After the 1970s, R&B adopted disco’s danceability and electronic elements and combined them with slick production styles. By the late '80s, R&B producers are as important as performers, with figures such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Terry Riley, and, later, Timbaland charting the course of the genre.
This is a story about control
Control of what I say
Control of what I do
And this time, I'm gonna do it my way (My way)
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do
Are we ready?
"Control" by Janet Jackson
A velvet-voiced tenor and romantic music icon.
Known for her dynamic live performances and music videos.
The genre and decade-spanning hit makers from Cincinnati.
The Princess of R&B.
The epitome of Philly Soul.
All about the groove.
It went from the underground club scene to the mainstream.
A genre unto himself.