Black artists before their mainstream success are pushed into the Rap/Hip-Hop genre. Even though these genres are the most influential in music, black music artists should have the freedom to choose how they express their creativity. Many music artists like Willow Smith and Bree Runway are proving to the music industry that black music has been the “nucleus” of all genres.
H.E.R. is one music artist who proves that R&B is alive. Many people love to state that R&B is dead, and that todays artists do not have their own sound. The term Rhythm and Blues replaced the term “race music” in the 1940’s. There is no denying that this genre was made and popularized by black people, but why do people say that this music genre is dead?
Who is H.E.R. who may ask? H.E.R. did a totally 360 when she released her compilation album “H.E.R.” Without revealing her identity, the Bay Area artist let her voice speak for itself., With listeners not knowing who was the powerhouse behind the songs, they were mesmerized by each hook, lyrics, and H.E.R.’s passion behind each song. Even though people know how H.E.R. looks like now, the songwriter made history by renovating her image. Known previously as Gabi Wilson, H.E.R. is a Grammy and Oscar award winning music artist. Furthermore, her pen game is dominate and separates herself from others.
When I think of today’s music, R&B is actually still functioning and remains popular on the Billboard charts. On the other hand, the music industry fails to market talented R&B artists. This is where H.E.R., Grammy award winning artist, steps in to change the game.
“They asked me what are you bringing to this stage its a completely different stage. You come from an R&B world this is a Country stage. Well actually R&B and Soul music is the foundation of Country music. There would not be other genres if it was not for black music. If they say R&B is dead, it is in every genre”- H.E.R.
The Lights On Festival Started in 2019, and H.E.R. made history as the first black woman to own a music festival. The festival features mainstream and rising acts who dominate the R&B genre. The festival takes place in H.E.R.’s place of origin, the Bay Area. This years festival features headlines Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Ty Dollar $ign, Kiana Ledé and more. The music industry, including labels, fail to market talented R&B artists who have skills all across the board.
While H.E.R. is taking matters into her own hands, people need to wake up and realize that music artists coming together prove that R&B is alive is amazing. The Lights Out Festival is currently sold out for both days, but people can still support the festival by supporting the headliners. More artists will be announced soon, and you do not want to miss it.
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