The first half of 2020 has been a challenging one for everybody, but thanks to the talent and vision of many artists out there, our lives felt a little more meaningful and joyful. We have brought together 20 minutes of some of the best R&B music dropped in 2020 so far, so make sure to scroll down until the end to enjoy the visionary talent of the artists listed below.
ATL Freestyle – 6LACK
On “ATL Freestyle,” 6LACK beautifully reminds listeners of the multi-faceted and rich cultural mixes that they have been driving inspiration from in their music, over a melodic sonic soundscapes that will inspire millions of people.
I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R.
H.E.R has just released her protest song “I Can’t Breathe,” a track she recorded in response to the BLM movement following George Floyd’s death. The visuals are a perfect accompaniment to the song, as she compiled footage of protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The culmination of the music video is the shot of the wall of the names of those who have been killed, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. In the song, she has managed to write some incredibly powerful lyrics such as:
"These wounds sink deeper than the bullet your entitled hands could ever reach"
Savannah Red - Lékan Tella
Nigerian-American singer-songwriter Lékan Tella has just released his new music video, “Savanna Red,” a track that displays his immense talent in a powerful way, while tackling the issue of a relationship fading away. “Savannah Red” is the second single he released this year, following his hypnotic debut track “Emptiness,” which introduced him to the listener in such a pioneering way thanks to his unique blend of soul, 90’s R&B, disco, and 80’s pop.
Guilty Conscience – 070 Shake
070 Shake return with a savvy blend of modern drums and melancholic synth on their new single and music video “Guilty Conscience,” off their project Modus Vivendi. They mix R&B vocals with pop construction in a truly unique way, and deliver their first masterpiece that will most certainly be followed by many others.