Asians and Their Prominent Representation in Contemporary R&B

In a scene originated and also dominated by African-American artists, there are some good shout outs for artists of Asian descent who are starting to make a scene in contemporary R&B, including 88rising’s Joji and NIKI, Malaysian singer Yuna, and Indian-American singer Raveena.

24 Degrees of Lee Hi

The long-awaited release from K-pop sensation Lee Hi, who is famous for her sultry, unusually mature voice and soulful R&B style is finally out. 24° C, Lee Hi’s first EP since her debut in 2012, was released under YG Entertainment on May 30, 2019.

Lee Hi and Code Kunst Are Back with XI

Code Kunst isn’t an unfamiliar name to those who follow the K-R&B and K-indie scene – and so is Lee Hi, the owner of one of the most exceptional, unique voices in K-pop. The two have collaborated once again, releasing the R&B, soul rock-influenced “XI” as a follow up to their 2017 collab “X.”

Oxnard – Anderson .Paak’s Magnum Opus?

Riding the success of his second album, Malibu, Anderson .Paak released his most highly anticipated project to date, Oxnard. Named after his hometown, Oxnard boasts fancy list of features, from the king of hip hop Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, J. Cole, BJ The Chicago Kid, to old timers like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Q-Tip, to newcomers such as Kadhja Bonet and Norelle. The list might be one of the richest features list this year, yet those artists doesn’t take the spotlight away from .Paak. The 32-year-old consistently flows from one song to another with his unique, one of a kind voice.