Modern R&B comes in multiples shapes and sizes, and the genre now has very few constraints and endless potential. Its crossover into the Hip Hop space, most notably, has added several layers to rap and helped it travel even farther than before.
Today, this hybrid continues to reach unexplored corners of the music circuit as more and more young artists continue building on the legacies of the heroes who came before them.
HipHopDX has carefully tracked the best R&B albums of 2024 as part of its drive to bring some well-deserved shine to creative minds who push the culture forward.
Kyle Dion — If My Jeans Could Talk
Almost eight years after the release of his debut studio album, Kyle Dion is still as much in his zone as he was when he started out. Crisp at every corner, he is at the top of his game even if not everyone has caught up yet. If My Jeans Could Talk is arguably his finest work to date, but listeners can decide that on their own since it’ll almost certainly prompt them to listen to more of his material.
MiLES. — Life Thru New Lens
Still in the early stages of his career, MiLES. is the textbook definition of a prodigy. Finding that sweet balance between funk, soul and R&B, he has clearly spent time studying the effects different sounds have on the senses to put together an EP so effective that it leaves no questions about his destiny in the business.
UMI — talking to the wind
In just four songs, UMI is able to perfectly encapsulate her essence. The fact that it takes a little over 10 minutes for her to prove herself with such precision speaks volumes. With that, her future appears secure as her talent shines brighter and brighter with each release.
OBAI — svnteen
The Phoenix, AZ native is yet another example of a young genius in the R&B space whose music does all the talking. With a project like svnteen, OBAI’s success is sure to follow. The proof is in the pudding, so waste no time because you’ll surely be back for seconds.
Destin Conrad — SUBMISSIVE2
After early success on Vine that culminated in him accumulating over a million followers in junior high, Destin Conrad built the confidence to do whatever he dreamed of. Sure enough, he trusted his gut and came more and more into his own with each album. His fourth project exhibits tremendous growth, and it doesn’t even seem like he’s anywhere near peaking yet.
HipHopDX’s search for the best R&B albums of 2024 involves recurring alterations and upgrades. Join us in curating this living, breathing shortlist and hop in the comments section to let us know if we missed anything.
Be sure to also check out our other shortlists for updates at the start of each month: