Jermaine Dupri Hopes Frank Ocean Saves R&B Music
It’s no secret that current mainstream R&B music has become disappointing to several fans.
Songs which carry on the tradition of heart felt lyrics, matched with singing in a style that made the listeners feel the music; seems to have left the mainstream radio and video programs.
Now it’s not that there aren’t any artist, who continue the tradition of giving us heartfelt songs.
It’s the mainstream media seems to have forgotten about what Rhythm and Blues is about.
For example, during this same exact date in 1993; R&B group SWV had the number one song with their classic “Weak.”
Fast forward to 2012, and SWV is still cranking out hits, however mainstream radio has failed to embrace their incredible music.
The number one R&B/Hip Hop song is “Mercy,” by G.O.O.D Music, and while we love the song; what happened to the R&B music?
Legendary hit producer Jermaine Dupri, who’s responsible for an incredible catalog of classic R&B music, recently penned an open letter in response to Frank Ocean’s album Channel Orange.
In the open letter posted on his site http://global14.com/ , Jermaine Dupri thanks Frank Ocean for bringing R&B music back to mainstream; with his album projected to take the number one spot on the Billboard top 200 albums.
With all the attention swarming around his album, since Frank’s announcement that he was bi-sexual, it definitely helped to spark major attention from mainstream.
However, the music on Channel Orange, seems to be great in a way, that it’s overshadowing the controversy. People who listen to the album, seem to be more than pleased with the album.
In the open letter, Jermaine also speaks about R&B music being compromised and sort of neglected by record executives.
We have to agree with Mr. Jermaine Dupri on this one. Mainstream media seems to have neglected R&B music. We hope that see a reemergence of what made us all love great R&B music of the past.
Read Jermaine Dupri’s open letter about R&B music and Frank Ocean below:
When I saw the # that Frank Ocean is suppose to hit next week, I got extremely Happy,I said I need to get in my car and and listen to this album,by the time I got to “Sweet Life” I was even more happy,finally!! a RnB album that’s hip,with out having the same 5 rappers on every song,I actually hope he hits 200k,for the sake of RnB,it’s in the worst position it’s ever been since I started making music,The Record company’s don’t believe in it,Radio won’t play it if it don’t have a rapper,and a majority of the artist that are labeled RnB,are confused and lost,so I repeat,I hope Ocean sells more than the 125k that he’s on pace for,maybe these executives u’llwake the fuck up,or at least try to copy what he’s doing,like they always do, by the way,the end of “Pyramids”jammin like a mufucka.