Sean “Diddy” Combs’ social media inquiries have spurred a number of discussions on the state of R&B. Since some claim that R&B has lost much of its influence in popular culture since its heyday decades ago, the genre has come under fire. Diddy recently posed the question, “Who killed R&B?,” before asking his followers how they would characterize the genre.
The new generation has sonically altered much of what is currently classified as R&B. He and his pal Mary J. Blige had a talk on Instagram Live. “You can’t kill something that’s in our DNA,” said Blige. “It’s gonna keep transitioning from generation to generation to generation to generation. They was trying to kill it.”
“Before I say what I’m gonna say, let me just say this: I wanna thank all the radio stations around the country that are playing R&B music and sincerely support it,” the singer went on speaking. “But, you know, a lot of the radio stations killed it, for the same thing that Tank was saying. They ain’t gon’ jump on the bandwagon of whatever the hottest things is—but, let me just say this. We have to keep ourselves alive as R&B singers.”
More of Diddy and Mary J. Blige’s discussion about why R&B isn’t dead can be seen in the video below.