It's Time For The RNB Renaissance
When we heard that 'The Loop' is showcasing iconic RNB and hip-hop videos this Saturday, it got us thinking.
Actually, it got us feeling a little nostalgic, a little old, and a little in the mood to bop to some millennial RNB jams from back in the day.
Come with us, won't you, as we take a little walk back in time to the very peak of RNB -- the early and mid-noughties.
When we first heard the words 'RNB jam', two songs immediately sprung to mind: Ne-Yo's "So Sick" and Mario's "Let Me Love You", the epitome of the mid-tempo RNB jam to get you in your feelings, complete with lyrics to make your MSN handle.
Of course, that's not all, because honestly, '00s RNB was the true height of radio-friendly songs about breakups, infidelity and other miscellaneous relationship drama. The era truly DELIVERED when it came to catchy AF songs you could bop your head to and sing at the top of your lungs, as you and your friends drove around on your P-plates, upset about your high school boo.
Like, when did you last hear a song as good as "Dilemma" by Nelly and Kelly Rowland? Was it the last time you literally listened to "Dilemma" by Nelly and Kelly Rowland??? Probably!!!
We haven't even spoken about Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" yet, which honestly might just be the greatest ballad of all time??? Flawless from start to finish, an incredible comeback MOMENT, the vocals alone deserve to be the response when you say "Hey Siri, can you play me the voice of an angel?"
Or what about "U Remind Me" from RNB king Usher?
That part where he's like "You remind ME of A girl THAT I ONCE kneeeEEeewwww"? Or the key CHANGE??? "WhoOOoooOOOOoAAAAOOOOOOoooh!" Ugh, ICONIC.
And remember when Ja Rule was a rapper and not just one of the Fyre Festival scammers? "Always on Time", "Livin' It Up" and "I'm Real (Remix)" are a true holy trinity of bangers, ya know?
Now that we're chatting about Ashanti, we should also touch on "What's Luv?" where are the beats like this today? Trap can ROT huns! It's time for the return of the MELODY!
You know what else it's time for the return of? CHOREOGRAPHY. REAL CHOREOGRAPHY. Star power! Aaliyah knew it, she had it. Gone too soon!
Today's stars could never! I'm sorry! I don't make the news I just report it!
There is one star who still consistently serves us choreo, though, and that's obviously Beyoncé, who was slaying just as much back in the day.
Also in the "iconic choreo" group, we have TLC, duh.
Just to pay attention to those aforementioned scrubs for a moment, let's just chat about Next's "Too Close", the PREMIER SONG about dance floor boners.
And what about Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me", featuring the iconic line "seein' is believin', so you better change your specs!"
Once you're past your scrub phase, though, you'll probably need a palate cleanser, and nothing is more perfect than "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" by Blu Cantrell, a retail therapy anthem, and the Real Housewives of Atlanta's own Kandi.
And FINALLY, here's a short collection of RNB bangers to dance to in the club, or, you know... your bedroom. Wherever you are, really!
And this, my dear friends and readers, concludes my very persuasive essay on why we need to bring back true RNB HITS. It's what we deserve -- nay, what we NEED -- during these trying times.
The Loop airs on 10 Peach, 9am Saturdays.
Feature image: YouTube