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”

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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”

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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”

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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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Janet Jackson Covers Essence Magazine’s Happiness Issue

Janet covers July/August 2018 issue of Essence Magazine

Janet Jackson is all about positivity. The music icon graces the cover of Essence’s July/August issue, which is all about happiness.

Instead of doing a traditional interview as a cover story, Jackson decided to pen a heartfelt essay to black women titled “Letter From My Heart.” In the transparent letter, she reveals herself like never before. She talks about lessons she learned from her childhood to adulthood, including her early struggles with depression, low self-esteem and failed relationships to her eventual growth as an artist, discovery of peace and learning to “fully embrace God’s love.”

Here are excerpts from the letter:

In Her Childhood: “I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I wasn’t happy with the way I looked…”

In Her Teens: “Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can…’”

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In Her Thirties: “These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…”

Today, at 52: “Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…”

The July/August issue is now on newsstands. Next up, Jackson will headline the 2018 Essence Festival on Sunday, July 8 in New Orleans.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Release Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’

Beyoncé and JAY-Z surprise fans with the release of their highly anticipated joint album, Everything is Love. The nine-track offering includes guest appearances from Pharrell Williams (“Nice”) and Migos (“Apeshit”).

The powerful couple is currently on the European leg of their On The Run II Tour. The North American leg will kick off on July 25 in Cleaveland, with stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Stream Everything Is Love on Tidal.

Watch their visual for “Apeshit” below.

5 Reasons We Love Faith Evans

Faith Evans is undoubtedly one of the greatest gifts to music. For more than two decades, the Grammy-winning artist has released an impactful catalog of music that has touched many hearts in all the right places with tender ballads like “You Used To Love Me,” and “I Love You.” Not only has Evans pulled our heartstrings, she’s gotten us out our seats and made us dance with party-starter anthems such as “Love Like This” and “All Night Long.”

As we get ready to dance ‘all night long’ for her 45th birthday, Rated R&B has compiled a list of reasons why we love Faith Evans.

1. She has killer background vocals

Evans has served up iconic background harmonies and melodies for many of our favorite R&B artists. From Hi-Five and Usher to Jon B and LSG, Evans has contributed her mesmerizing soprano notes to their discographies. Remember Mary J. Blige’s song “Don’t Go” from her My Life album? Evans brought her gospel influence (and elements of the New York Restoration Choir) to the ending reprise of the record.

2. She keeps the legacy of The Notorious B.I.G. alive

Since the untimely death of The Notorious B.I.G in 1997, Evans has made it her mission to honor his memory every chance she gets. Whether it’s recording a tribute song (“I’ll Be Missing You”) or bringing his life to theaters (Notorious), Evans wants us to know ‘we’ll always love you big poppa.’

In 2017, she released a duets album (The King & I) with previously released and rare vocals from her late husband. The LP also featured guest appearances from several hip-hop artists including Jadakiss and Lil’ Kim.

3. She re-introduced us to R&B legends.

Evans brought a nostalgic moment to television when she executive produced TV One’s hit reality series R&B Divas: Atlanta in 2012. The show told the current, real-life stories of multi-talented artists including Nicci Gilbert, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson, Dawn Robinson and Keke Wyatt.

In addition to the hit show, Evans spearheaded a full-length album (R&B Divas) that heard many of the stars voices for the first time in years. The project earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album in 2014.

4. She’s more than a singer, she’s a musician.

Evans brings more than just a voice to the studio. She possesses versatility in all areas of a recording process including songwriting, producing, engineering and vocal arranging. She’s lent her musicianship to several artists such as 112, Robin Thicke, Keyshia Cole and Q Parker to name a few.

Evan has also served as the executive producer on many of her projects and film soundtracks like Keep The Faith, Faithfully, Notorious, R&B Divas and The King and I.

5. She’s an ageless beauty.

Faith Evans’ unchanging good looks have followed her from the beginning of her career to now. She’s had the ability to rock a myriad of hairstyles. She can pull off the around the way girl look without having anyone to question why she has it on. Lastly, she doesn’t even have to wear makeup. She’s can proudly say, “I woke up like this.”

Follow Faith Evans on Instagram at @therealfaithevans and wish her a happy birthday!

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