R&B Singers That Rap
Have you noticed how R&B singers have started to rap? It's not just Chris Brown dropping a verse on "Look at Me Now" anymore -- among the growing number of vocalists indulging their inner Drakes and Nicki Minajs are Ciara ("Super Turnt Up"), Trey Songz ("Check Me Out"), Frank Ocean (Earl Sweatshirt's "Sunday") and even Robin Thicke ("Top of the World"). And on her new The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae unveils herself as the second coming of Lauryn Hill, spitting so many great lines on "Ghetto Woman" and "Q.U.E.E.N." that everyone's wondering when she's going to make some proper hip-hop songs.
These dabblers won't have Kendrick "King of New York" Lamar shaking in his Nikes. But hey, if Lil Wayne can warble tunelessly about "How to Love," then why can't C-Breezy spit a hot 16 bars for the ladies? This playlist samples from what may be a blink-and-you'll-miss-it trend. For historical perspective, I've included vintage R&B raps from Mary J. Blige ("What's the 411?") and R. Kelly ("Only the Loot Can Make Me Happy").