The overlap between rap and R&B continues to widen, with both genres existing within each other as much as they do on their own. For decades now, artists from both genres have welcomed each other into their respective spaces and fostered an inclusive culture that has only enhanced creativity. Today, an entire branch of R&B exists within the world of Hip Hop, with or without bars.
For those who don’t know where to look, HipHopDX has compiled some of the best R&B songs of 2024 in one place to make sure our readers stay tuned in.
Tierra Whack — “SHOWER SONG”
Tierra Whack always has a valid reason to keep fans waiting, and that’s evident from what she ends up bringing to the party — no matter how late. She has the unique ability to paint the most vibrant pictures just through her sound, which most of her peers need visual mediums to pull off. Of course, it helps that “SHOWER SONG” also happens to come with a music video as colorful as the music it represents.
Reggie Becton — “Bad M’fkr”
Inspired by all-time greats such as Marvin Gaye, Prince and Brandy, Reggie Becton has been at it since the age of 17. Judging by how he turned out, it’s no surprise that he honed in on his calling from such an early age. What’s more is the results clearly indicate that all his hard work paid off.
BLK ODYSSY — “Want You”
The Austin-based singer and producer is a product of neo-soul influences descending upon him from every direction since he was a child. From expressing love to enduring hate, he covers a range of emotions through his zestful compositions, and he always finds a way to do it all within a matter of minutes.
Emotional Oranges & Nonso Amadi — “Simple Things”
Just a little over five years into their career, the R&B duo from Los Angeles made up of Azad Right and Vali Porter have already mastered the art of shape shifting and adapting to styles different than their own. To that point, their joint effort with Nigerian singer-songwriter and producer Nonso Amadi shows that their allure will continue to persist so long as they keep doing what they’re doing.
HipHopDX’s search for the best R&B songs 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: