R&B music has been under appreciated over the last decade, despite there being a lot of good R&B tunes during that time that were often overlooked.
Recently there has been an emergence of mass appreciated R&B music with artists such as Ella Mai, Kehlani, Summer Walker, Daniel Caesar, 6LACK and H.E.R all getting international recognition for their music.
However, there are still many good R&B artist that are being overlooked and here at MusicUmpire we have listed three that we believe are underrated and deserve more recognition.
For fans of: D’Angelo and Miguel
Ro James is a German-born New York based singer-songwriter who makes sensual R&B music with charm and subtle ruggedness. His music has made him a favourite amongst ladies who love R&B, especially in America.
However, he hasn’t been able to become a major name worldwide, even though he has D’Angelo-like appeal. Regardless he has still managed to find success by having a Billboard charting album, which subsequently earned him his first nomination for Best R&B Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards in February 2017 for his song “Permission”.
If Ro James was making his music in an earlier era such as the 90s, he would probably be an internationally recognised star.
However, we currently live in an era where R&B slow jams are not as appreciated as much as they use to be, making him an underrated artist.
Listen to his following tunes:
For fans of: Mýa and Ariana Grande
Victoria Monet is a Californian-raised singer-songwriter that has written hooks and songs for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and many others.
Although she has contributed to a lot of major hit records for other people, her own releases have gone under the radar for a few years now, especially her EP Life After Love, Pt. 1 which feature awesome songs such as “Ready” and “Do You Like It”.
After a successful tour as a supporting act for Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour, Victoria Monet has been gradually on the rise and was recently nominated for two awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards for her work on Ariana Grande’s album Thank U, Next.
Hopefully, she will continue get further recognition with her debut album Jaguar set for release this year.
Listen to her following tunes:
For fans of: Kehlani and Rihanna
Kiana Ledé is singer-songwriter who grew her fan base by delivering awesome covers of popular R&B songs such as her Drake mash up of his songs “Controlla” and “Too Good”.
Since then she has gone to release great tracks such as “I Choose You”, “Fairplay” and her most notable tune “Ex”. Although these tracks are fairly laidback, Kiana has demonstrated her ability to create more uptempo pop songs such as “Bouncin” which is always a good indicator for future commercial success.
It has taken a while for Kiana Ledé to blow and be seen on the same level as artists such as Kehlani and Ella Mai, however she is set to release her debut album Kiki on 3 April 2020 via Republic Records which might change that.
Listen to her following tunes:
Make sure you get familiar with these underrated R&B artists so that they are no longer underrated!