20 Classic R&B Albums You Should Own

The word ‘classic’ means something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality.  In the last 20 years, there have been several R&B artists who have created outstanding R&B albums with timeless music. From Donell Jones to Brandy and Mary J. Blige to R.Kelly, these artists have albums that stand in a class of their own and as music lovers, we should have at least one if not all of them in our collection.

Here are 20 R&B albums of the last 20 years music admirers should have near their sound system.


Joe – “All That I Am” (1997)

While his debut album received a lukewarm response,  Joe’s follow-up album “All That I Am” proved how talented he is as an artist. He took the term “grown folks music” to another level, satisfying the lonely hearts of women with “All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do)” while schooling men on putting aside their bachelor ways on “Don’t Wanna Be A Player.” His storytelling made this album a relationship self-help for making a true love last.

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Toni Braxton Releases New Song ‘Sex & Cigarettes’

With just a week until her new album Sex & Cigarettes hits stores, Toni Braxton shares the title track.

Over a piano production, a frustrated Braxton confronts her cheating man.”I can’t believe it, we’re going through this again / We’re too old, and I thought you’d outgrown this / This is driving me crazy, I can’t do this no more,” she sings on the raw ballad.

“Sex & Cigarettes” is the third track Braxton has shared from the album. In December, she released “Deadwood” as the lead track, before following up with “Long As I Live.” The latter single is now No. 13 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and has over 520,000 streams on Spotify.

Sex & Cigarettes will arrive everywhere on March 23 via Def Jam Records.

Listen to “Sex & Cigarettes” below.

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Toni Braxton Unveils Smoking Hot ‘Sex & Cigarettes’ Album Cover + Track List

As the countdown continues for Toni Braxton’s new album Sex & Cigarettes, due March 23, the R&B veteran presents fans with the album cover art and track list.

With a lit cig in her left hand and covered barely in a sexy black lingerie piece, the 50-year-old songstress poses in a bathtub for the black-and-white cover.

Surprisingly, Sex & Cigarettes only consists of eight records including previously released singles “Deadwood” and “Long As I Live,” which is currently No. 17 on urban adult contemporary radio. The album will include a duet titled “My Heart” featuring Colbie Calliatt.

Sex & Cigarettes is more about me feeling sexy, independent, and expressing my feelings,” she told ESSENCE last fall. “I think for a long time I felt I had to make certain records, but now I want to just be free! I don’t want to be censored, I just want to focus on being an artist and creating good quality music that people can relate to.”

Sex & Cigarettes is Braxton’s first solo album since Pulse in 2010.

Sex & Cigarettes Track List
1. Deadwood
2. Sex & Cigarettes
3. Long As I Live
4. Foh
5. Sorry
6. My Heart (feat. Colbie Caillat)
7. Coping
8. Missin’

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Listen to Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius’ New Song ‘For Better For Worse’

After collaborating on “Feel the Real,” Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius reunite on a new track called “For Better For Worse.”

On the track, Soulchild and Ambrosius get into an exchange about the ups and downs of a relationship. Soulchild shares his take from a man’s view, while Ambrosius gives her take from a woman’s perspective. “I hate the way you leave the toilet seat up, you so selfish,” Ambrosius sings. Soulchild responds with, “I’m used to being solo, all alone, so I can’t help it.”

Despite the all the compromising that comes with a relationship, it ends up being worth it. “For better, for worse / Even when you get on my nerves, baby / All the love you deserve / Don’t get no better or worse / And it better be worth it, baby / For better, for worse,” they sing.

There is no word on if “For Better For Worse” is from an upcoming project or is just a promotional track.

Stream “For Better For Worse” by Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius below.

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