R&B Legend, Tank Weighs In On ‘Is R&B Dead’ Debate, Say ‘People Would Rather Hear Rappers Singing Bad Than Singers Singing Good’

 R&B Legend, Tank Weighs In On ‘Is R&B Dead’ Debate, Say ‘People Would Rather Hear Rappers Singing Bad Than Singers Singing Good’

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Self-proclaimed, ‘King of R&B,’ Tank has weighed in on the

“is R&B dead”

debate telling his fans,

“R&B is not dead because I am alive,”

in a social media post, per Variety. The five-time Grammy Award nominee was a speaker, as part of

“The Drop”

series of conversations, held at the Clive Davis Theater and moderated by Billboard executive director of R&B/Hip-Hop, Gail Mitchell. In a Q&A, the topic of the state of R&B was brought up in which Tank defended the genre. He touched on R&B’s connection to people and how it creates an experience for listeners.

“We gotta get back to the expensive part of our music. The priceless, which we like to call R&B money… They’ll buy into it if it feels good if it connects.” 

The

“When We,”

singer says unfortunately record labels aren’t spending as much time with R&B music, as they are putting more money into rap records than R&B records.

“As rap takes over, all of a sudden melodic rap sneaks in. Now, people would rather hear rappers singing bad than singers singing good,”

he said. As an OG, Tank says he is here to help R&B artists, producers, and songwriters coming up learn the music business. 

#Clique, what are your thoughts?

Tatiana Tait

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