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Alternative R&B, also known as alt R&B or PBR&B (Pabst Blue Ribbon R&B), is a genre that emerged in the late 2000s as a subgenre of rhythm and blues. The genre has influences from various other genres such as electronic music, hip-hop, indie rock, and neo-soul. The genre is a term coined by music journalists to characterize a stylistic departure from conventional contemporary R&B, and gaining prominence with artists like Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid, and others. The subgenre is often regarded as "more progressive and diverse" compared to its mainstream counterpart.


Alternative R&B incorporates a diverse range of sounds and production techniques. It often features electronic and synthesized elements, creating atmospheric and futuristic textures. The genre experiments with unconventional song structures, incorporating elements of hip-hop, trap, and EDM.

Alternative R&B pays special attention to vocal delivery, with artists often showcasing their unique vocal styles and experimental approaches. It can range from smooth and soulful singing to more abstract, hazy, and layered vocal arrangements.


Lyrically, alternative R&B explores a wide range of themes, often delving into personal introspection, relationships, love, self-discovery, and vulnerability. The genre often addresses topics such as mental health, social issues, identity, and emotional complexities. The lyrics can be poetic, introspective, and at times abstract, conveying a sense of raw emotion and introspection.

Alternative R&B provides a platform for artists to express their deepest thoughts and experiences, often offering a more nuanced and introspective perspective compared to mainstream R&B.

For example, "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd is a synth-pop anthem that blends '80s-inspired production with modern R&B influences. The song explores themes of longing and the search for connection, with the recurring motif of driving through city lights serving as a metaphor for the quest for love and meaning.


Alternative R&B has seen the rise of influential artists who have made significant contributions to the genre and influenced its development. Some notable alternative R&B artists include James Blake, Kelela, Blood Orange, and Janelle Monáe.

DJ Khaled also played a major role in shaping the "New Era of R&B." Some notable collaborations include "Wild Thoughts" featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, "I'm the One" with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne, and "No Brainer" featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo. Additionally, DJ Khaled has worked with artists such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z on "Shining," as well as with Drake on "For Free" and "Greece."

Neo-soul artists such as Erykah Badu, and Maxwell, also helped to shape the old school R&B, and indirectly, opened the way for the rise of alternative R&B.


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