The Info List - Hip Hop Soul

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HIP HOP SOUL is a subgenre of contemporary R&B music, most popular during the early and mid 1990s, which fuses rhythm and blues/gospel singing with hip hop musical production. The subgenre had evolved from a previous R&B subgenre, new jack swing , which had incorporated hip-hop influences into R&B music. By contrast, hip hop soul is, as described in The Encyclopedia of African American Music, "quite literally soul singing over hip hop grooves".

The genre was most popular during the mid 1990s with artists such as Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
(known as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul"), Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
, Jodeci , TLC , R. Kelly , and Montell Jordan . By the late 1990s, hip hop soul would lead to the creation of neo soul , which retained the hip-hop and R&B/gospel influences while also adding elements of classic 1970s soul music .


* 1 Description * 2 History * 3 See also * 4 References


Hip hop
Hip hop
soul evolved directly from new jack swing , a form of contemporary R&B popularized by artists and producers such as Teddy Riley and his group Guy , Keith Sweat , and Bobby Brown . New jack swing had incorporated elements of hip-hop music —primarily hip-hop-inspired drum tracks and rapped verses —into contemporary R&B music also heavily inspired by the work of Prince . Hip hop
Hip hop
soul took the hip-hop/R&B synthesis further by having R&B singers sing directly over the types of sample-heavy backing tracks typically found in contemporary hip-hop recordings.

The creation and evolution of hip hop soul led to an increasingly symbiotic relationship between its parent genres. Hip hop
Hip hop
soul acts presented themselves in styles and personas comparable to those of rappers —dressing in hip hop fashions and adopting a tougher image than the traditional pop-friendly personas of R&B artists (the existence and popularity of hip hop soul also had the opposite effect on mainstream rappers, who took on some of the elements of the R&B artists' personas to become more palatable to mainstream audiences). The subgenre increased the popularity of R&B music among the younger hip-hop audience, leading to better sales and airplay success for hip hop soul recordings versus previous forms of post-disco R&B, on the Billboard pop music sales charts. It also increased the popularity of hip-hop music and culture with older audiences and corporations looking to market urban music . However, the creation of hip hop soul has been argued by music journalists and fans of R&B music to have "killed off" traditional styles of R"> R&B singer Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
is known as the "queen of hip hop soul " due to her frequent collaborations with rappers and hip hop producers.

The term "hip hop soul" is attributed to record producer and later rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs , who came up with the term during the promotion of What\'s the 411? , the 1992 debut album of Uptown Records artist Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
. Blige was promoted by the company as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul", and her debut album, primarily produced by Combs, was filled with mid-tempo R&B ballads sung over hip-hop beats and samples . Similarly, Diary of a Mad Band (1993), the second album from another Uptown act, Jodeci , featured the four-man male vocal group moving away from its new jack swing origins into hip hop soul recordings driven more by hip-hop rhythms than melodies. A large number of male acts, both solo performers and groups, followed or competed with Jodeci, among them R. Kelly , 112 , Tony! Toni! Toné! and Blackstreet , a second group formed by Teddy Riley.

Hip hop
Hip hop
soul artist Montell Jordan was the first R his 1995 hit " This Is How We Do It ", built around a sample of Slick Rick 's 1989 hip-hop single "Children\'s Story ", typified the sound of the subgenre. Another key recording is "I\'ll Be There For You/You\'re All I Need to Get By ", a 1995 duet between Wu-Tang rapper Method Man and Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
which interpolated Method Man's rapped verses with Blige singing a cover of Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
& Tammi Terrell 's "You\'re All I Need to Get By ". "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By" won the 1996 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group .

The female vocal group TLC , made up of two singers and a rapper, like Jodeci, had their start in new jack swing (dubbed "new jill swing" in their case) with their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip (1992). Their second album, CrazySexyCool
, to which Puffy Combs was a significant contributor, moved the group into the aesthetic of hip hop soul. Similar female acts of the time included SWV
, Adina Howard , Faith Evans , and Total , the latter two acts signed to Puffy Combs' own label, Bad Boy Entertainment .

Hip hop
Hip hop
soul as a distinct subgenre experienced a lull in popularity with the spread of hip-hop influences into more standard R&B music by the end of the 1990s and the emergence of neo soul , an R&B subgenre which blended hip-hop and contemporary R -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K Price, Emmett G. III; Kernodle, Tammy; Maxille, Horace , editors (2010). Encyclopedia of African American Music. ABC-CLIO. pp. 115, 902–903. ISBN 0313341990 . CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link )CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link ) * ^ A B C D Donaldson, Melvin Burke (2007). Hip Hop in American Cinema. Peter Lang. pp. 52–53. ISBN 082046345-0 . * ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L Gardner, Elysa (1999). "Hip-Hop Soul". In Light, Alan. The Vibe History of Hip-Hop (1st ed.). Three Rivers Press. pp. 307–317. access-date= requires url= (help ) * ^ A B Ernest Baker; Alysa Lechner; David Drake; Insanul Ahmed; Tannis Spencer (19 Mar 2013). "The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats". Complex. Retrieved 23 July 2014. * ^ A B C Van Nguyen, Dean (13 Nov 2011). "The R&B Renaissance". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 July 2014. * ^ A B C D E Reynolds, J.R. (June 3, 1995). "Is Hip-Hop’s Growing Dominance of R&B an Evolutionary Step, Or Is It Displacing Traditional Soul Music Altogether?". Billboard. 107 (22): 2. * ^ A B Owen, Frank (Dec 1993 – Jan 1994). "The Year in R&B: QUIET STORM". Vibe. pp. 70–73. Retrieved 23 July 2014. * ^ A B C D Stout, Steve (July 2–9, 2001). "Share My World: How Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
brought glamour to hip-hop and broadened the appeal of urban culture to brand marketers. A new book explains.". Billboard. 123 (23): 8*9. * ^ Reeves, Marcus (2009), Somebody Scream!: Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power, Macmillan, pp. 143, 185, ISBN 978-0-86547-997-5 * ^ "Universally known as the 'Queen of Hip Hop Soul' because of her frequent collaborations with rap artists and Hip Hop producers..." in" Bynoe, Yvonne (2006), Encyclopedia of rap and hip-hop culture, Greenwood Press, p. 32, ISBN 978-0-313-33058-2 * ^ Neal, Mark Anthony (2013). What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture. Routledge. p. 156. * ^ Kenon, Marci (June 3, 2000). "Hip Hop: It\'s Here to Stay, OK?". Billboard. 112 (23): 42.

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