Usher feels the R&B genre is turning the corner into something more honest and comparable to performers of yesteryear. “You have to be with it,” Usher told The Toronto Sun. “You have to be among the ranks but not fall into the simple ways. In my opinion, I felt like R&B was beginning to do that. As R&B artists, we began to sing more or less about novelties and material things. There is nothing wrong with that but too much of it oversaturated R&B music, and it’s just not good. R&B is real songs and real music and great producers. But when you read the lyrics, it means something or has something more. That’s what a great R&B artist is to me — someone thinking outside of the box but still making yourself available to the hip-hop nation.”
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