Young M.A is calling for a resurgence of good ol’ R&B. The “She Like I’m Like” rapper took to Twitter on Monday (Feb. 24) to assert that the genre is lacking in today’s current music scene.
“Music don’t feel the same because we barely have R&B,” she wrote on the social media site. “R&B brung that balance to music.. now everything is leanin one way smh so it gets played out quick! We need R&B for the balance no kap!”
The Brooklynite continued her opinion onto an Instagram post later that day, which she has since deleted.
“The krazy thing is all I listen to is R&B! New and Old! I barely listen to rap,” she wrote on the ‘Gram. “I’m just saying we need to shine more light on R&B as much as we shine light on rap/trap music so we can keep that balance! Before it was HipHop&R&B! We need that vibe back.”
Young M.A’s tweet subsequently sparked a lively debate on Twitter, with some of her fans agreeing that R&B deserves more spotlight, while others pointed out the success of the genre’s newcomers. Many Twitter users mentioned Summer Walker as an example, who made history last year when her debut album Over It earned the biggest sales week for a female R&B singer since 2016, when Beyonce’s Lemonade LP achieved the milestone. Likewise, Tory Lanez’ Chixtape 5, which sampled nostalgic R&B from the 2000’s, granted him the largest sales week of his career.
So far this year, Young M.A has dropped off her “2020 Vision” single, video for her song, “She Like I’m Like” and was featured on Eminem’s album, Music To Be Murdered By. Her debut album Herstory in the Making arrived last year. Earlier this month, the rapper also announced her collaboration with pleasure product manufacturer Doc Johnson.
See some responses to her tweet below.