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Mandré: A Tribute

Nate Patrin explores the career – and enduring influence – of the Masked Marauder.

opinion

Key Tracks: Whodini’s Escape

Jalil Hutchins recounts the luck and skill that went into creating a hip hop classic.

opinion

Key Tracks: Sade’s Diamond Life

Stuart Matthewman and producer Robin Millar reflect on Sade’s timeless debut album.

opinion

Key Tracks: Mary J. Blige’s My Life

Two of the key producers of the hit album from the queen of hip hop soul talk about its genesis.

opinion

Make It Funky: The Rise & Fall of the Highland Place Mobsters

The story of the best ’90s R&B group you’ve never heard of.

interview

Key Tracks: Jimmy Jam on Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

The legendary producer goes deep on the 25th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s groundbreaking album.

interview

Interview: Mtume on Miles Davis, Juicy Fruit and Donny Hathaway’s Last Recording Session

Dispatches from a remarkable multi-decade, multi-genre career.

Lecture

Erykah Badu

The reigning queen of soul talks about her big break, Dilla, and the continued evolution of her sound.

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Carl McIntosh

Lessons in slickness with Loose Ends' main man

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opinion

All I See Is Controversy: Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”

The R&B singer’s provocative video has set off a conversation about exploitation and misogyny in the music industry. Melissa Bradshaw explains why.

opinion

A Guide to Saint Heron

Meet the new generation of R&B talent that Solange Knowles has collected on her label’s first compilation.

opinion

Key Tracks: Carl McIntosh on Loose Ends’ “Hangin’ on a String”

How a Philly assist led to one of the most successful UK R&B hits of the ’80s.

opinion

Soul II Soul’s Enduring Influence on the Music of the UK

Jazzie B’s chart-topping group paved the way for a generation of independent artists in the UK.

opinion

Give Me Something Good: Chaka Khan, 1978 – 1984

Alfred Soto picks through the messy discography of the funk-soul vocalist before her hit “I Feel for You.”

tv

H∆SHTAG$, Episode 1: Don’t Call It #AltRnB

For the debut episode of our web series chronicling Internet-based music, we take a peek at the current renaissance within contemporary R&B.

Lecture

Benny Sings

Soaking up the spirit of Stevie Wonder with Amsterdam's feel-good songster

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