13 Magical R&B Mashups That You Need to Hear

As music fans, we frequently come up with theories and ideas about how some of the industry’s greatest artist would sound if they collaborated. And while some have passed away, the music and messages of those R&B artists live on thanks to the internet’s new obsession: mashups. Within the last few months, SoundCloud, social media and YouTube have been flooded with marvelous musical mashups from our favorite R&B artists, ranging from Bruno Mars all the way back to classic Aaliyah.

Here at Rated R&B, we’ve decided to compile a list of the best thirteen that we’ve come across so far, so that you too can receive these blessings:

Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy is Mine” + Mya’s “Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)”

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Brandy and Monica signature duet is a perfect fit for the production on Mya’s confrontational hit single.

Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic” + Ariana Grande’s “Greedy” + Missy Elliott’s “I’m Really Hot” + Snoop Dogg’s “Signs” + Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” + Craig David’s “What’s Ya Flava”

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This sounds like a total disaster, but it works out INCREDIBLY well.

Ariana Grande’s “Into You” + Aaliyah’s “One in a Million”

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Ariana and Aaliyah’s vocals float effortlessly over the latter’s legendary production.

Kehlani’s “Distraction” + Destiny Child’s “Say My Name”

Credit: The “oneboredjeu Mashup” YouTube Channel

Kehlani’s swaggy rap-singing style fits like a glove over the beat to the Destiny’s Child hit.

One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” + Beyonce’s “Party”

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The “Party” beat proves magical on this knockout mashup with One Direction.

Rihanna’s “Sex With Me” + Ginuwine’s “Pony

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Sexy gets even sexier when Rihanna’s platinum selling ANTI cut is laid over Ginuwine’s most notable track.

Aaliyah’s “Try Again” + Janet Jackson’s “Dammn Baby”

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Aaliyah and Janet are flawlessly interwoven on this stellar mashup.

JoJo’s “F*ck Apologies” + 3LW’s “No More (Baby I’mma Do Right)”

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JoJo’s Mad Love. lead single, featuring Wiz Khalifa, gets an early 2000s redo thanks to the instrumental of 3LW’s debut single.

Ariana Grande’s “Sometimes” + Nelly and Kelly Rowland’s “Dilemma”

Credit: The “oneboredjeu Mashup” YouTube Channel

The Dangerous Woman track’s vocals and lyrics finally get the proper production they deserve thanks to Nelly and Kelly’s Grammy award winning smash hit from the early 2000s.

Mariah Carey’s “Emotions” + Bruno Mars’s “That’s What I Like”

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This early 90s Mariah hit gets a modern twist thanks to its pairing with Bruno’s latest hit.

Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew” + Brandy’s “Top of the World”

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The sultry vocals of Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew” get a boost in bass by the instrumental of Brandy and Ma$e’s “Top of the World.”

Ariana Grande’s “Breaking Free” + Ciara’s “Body Party”

Credit: The “oneboredjeu Mashup” YouTube Channel

If we didn’t know how an R&B album from Ariana Grande would sound, maybe this amazing mashup can give us an idea.

Whitney Houston’s “Fine” + Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World”

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Legends combine as Whitney’s underrated bass guitar-heavy cut gets a makeover thanks to this Michael Jackson jam.

What about you? Which matchup is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige and others Win at 49th NAACP Image Awards

The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced on Monday night during the live broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which aired on TV One.

The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson and opened with a powerful moment in support of #TIMESUP featuring Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Tracee Ellis Ross. There was a live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Terrence J with special correspondent, Tanika Ray.

Among the winners were R&B acts SZA (Outstanding New Artist), Bruno Mars (Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album, Outstanding Song) and Mary J. Blige (Outstanding Female Artist). R&B legend Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference Award.

Bobby V Teams with Snoop Dogg for New Song ‘Lil Bit’

Bobby V joins forces with Snoop Dogg for his latest single titled “Lil Bit.”

Over a mid tempo production layered with handclaps, Bobby V sings, “Mona lisa got nothing on you / Perfect picture no filter on you / Girl you know my style is complete / You be tripping because you just a tease.” He continues, “All I need is a lil bit / Not a lot, just lil bit / Take it off for me real quick / Sneak peek, let me get a lil grip.”

Last year, Bobby V announced his multi-million dollar deal with Universal Music Group. His next album, Electrik, is set to release on February 23.

Stream “Lil Bit” by Bobby V and Snoop Dogg below.

5 UK R&B Artists to Watch in 2018

Here at Rated R&B, our mission is to deliver interesting and engaging content on the R&B genre of music. R&B talent comes in many different shapes and sizes and sometimes comes from different countries as well. You’ve heard of Jessie J, Marsha Ambrosius, and Daley, but in this piece, we’re going to put you on the game to the most exciting up-and-coming R&B artists in the United Kingdom. With voices that liken to Ariana Grande and Eric Bellinger, there’s surely an artist on this shortlist that’ll pique your interest. Check out our list of the 5 R&B UK Artists to Watch in 2018 below:

Mabel McVey UK R&B Artist 2018

Mabel McVey

Polydor Records-signee Mabel came in with a bang in 2017 when her hit single “Finder’s Keepers” reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart. The song, which features rapper Kojo Funds, also peaked at No. 2 on the UK R&B Singles Chart. Her breezy vocals, pop radio appeal, and charming style are on trend, and she already has found Top 40 success in her latest collaboration with UK artist Not3s entitled “My Lover (Remix).” If you like what you hear in the video below, check out Mabel’s 2017 EP Bedroom, which is available on all digital platforms.

Angel UK R&B Artist 2018

Angel

Angel’s career blasted off with a string of hits in 2012, including UK Singles Top 10 earner and UK R&B Songs chart-topper “Wonderful.” Now signed to Motown Records, the London-born singer dropped consistently catchy tunes in 2017, including the SWV-interpolated and Eugene Wilde-sampled “Take You Home.” If he can continue this upward trajectory and his formula of mainstream sounds with a 90s R&B twist, Angel could very well land a solid radio hit by year’s end.

Jorja Smith UK R&B Artist 2018

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith was one of the buzziest artists of 2017 thanks to her features on Canadian rapper Drake’s multi-platinum album More Life. In addition to her criminally underrated summer collaboration with Kali Uchis called “Tyrant,” Smith also made some noise this past year with her 90s underground-esque banger “On My Mind.” Her knack for showing vulnerability whilst keeping her alluring mystique has set her up for riding off into the sunset of success in 2018!

Jacob Banks UK R&B Artist 2018

Jacob Banks

Banks broke big in 2014 for his assist of Chase and Status’ “Alive,” which peaked at No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Banks’ gruff and smoky vocals have been used in promotions across the globe, including popular sports game “FIFA 15” and popular TV shows like STARZ’s Power and USA’s Suits. After the release of his 2017 EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom, Banks is more confident than ever and ready to make a splash in 2018.

Ella Mai UK R&B Artist 2018

Ella Mai

Ella Mai might be the most recognizable name on this list, and that’s because this woman has been working! After a stint on the 11th series of X Factor UK in 2014, the singer signed with DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label. She’s released not one, not two, but three EPs in a year’s time, and was recently one of the featured acts on Kehlani’s 2017 “SweetSexySavage World Tour,” which ended its run in November. Now working on her debut album and kicking off 2018 with a fresh single, Ella Mai is just one hit away from her big break, and if her current sound and relatable lyrics have anything to do with it, then she is well on her way.

Who’s your favorite artist on this shortlist? Let us know in the comment section below!

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