Recently legendary Brian McKnight released a preview of his song “If you’re ready to learn”, from an upcoming Adult mixtape. Yes an Adult mixtape, filled with highly sexualized music tracks. Now remember I said “Adult”, here are the lyrics:

Every time you give it up, you leave so unsatisfied.

Pointing the finger, the feelings that linger, leave you asking the question Why?

They talk a real good game, but they don’t know what a tongue is for.

They wine you and dine you, you let him untie you and you leave wanting more.

I did my post-grad in pussyology, so what I tell you might seem strange.

The things you don’t know about your physiology, you don’t have to be ashamed.

Chorus

Let meeee show you have your pussy works, since you didn’t bring it to me first.

I have lots of things to show you, if you’re ready to learn.

Let meeee show you have your pussy work, I becha didn’t know that it could squirt.

I have lots of things to show you, if you’re ready to learn.

I don’t know if drugs, alcohol or crying were involved in the making of this song, but I do know that Brian McKnight, even with such a haunting chorus as this, will now never get a Grammy. I wouldn’t call this a comeback, but it is hilarious and or his newly leaked “Anal” song is a bit disturbing. It’s a huge leap for the Brian McKnight who moved us with great songs like, “One Last Cry” , “Anytime”, “Back at One”  and “Still” to be happily singing about the Vajayjay. I’ll be the first to say that men do think and say that they can show women how their p*ssy works and most of them have no idea how to use their tongues, but here it just seems tacky.  Many women don’t know their physiology, allow dudes “hit” far too quick and are are partially to blame for not being satisfied, so the topic is worth discussing, but in heavy rotation on an R&B song… Crooners and real singers are gone from R&B, replaced by talented well produced entertainers. R&B songs are all sexual, most of the emotion and soulfulness is gone. R&B purest complain about the electro-club-rap-pop feel of the songs, just as much as they question who isn’t or who is R&B?

Questions remain…Adele, Drake and Rihanna are they R&B, or just pop? Rhythm and Blues once connected with us emotionally, not just sexually. Much of what passes for R&B played on the radio has lost it’s soul. When Drake sings with emotion, he gets air-time, but by-in-large he gets hated on, is the public is saying “We don’t want to feel anymore”?  Usher’s new song “Climax” which gives the genre a much needed soulfulness, usually gets played with sped up techno-club track behind it. As singer/songwriter The Dream recently noted “What’s crazy is that blacks can’t do soul records any more, we love Adele singing it, but Beyoncé singing it? No, the tempo’s too slow, gimme the club hit. Now the blacks in America are responsible for the pop records, and everybody else is singing soulful records. It’s weird to me.” The Dreams’ comments indicate an even deeper discussion about why R&B is in the midst of an identity crisis.

Are we ready for these type of R&B songs?

MG Hardie

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