greatly applied to the songs of artists Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Jodeci and Guy as to which was termed ‘New Jack Swing’
Similar artists to Boyz II Men, Babyface and Jodeci began addingeven more hip hop sounds to their work, although by the end of the1990s this became less popular. During the mid 1990s, Michael Jackson, R Kelly, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Aaliyah, TLC, SWV andBoyz II Men brought contemporary R&B to the mainstream. .In thelate 1990s, neo soul, which added 1970s soul influences to the hiphop soul blend, arose, led by artists such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu,Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell. Mariah Carey was well known toincorporate her pop, R&B tunes with hip-hop. Hill and Missy Elliottfurther blurred the line between R&B and hip hop by recording bothstyles. Beginning in 1995, the Grammy Awards enacted the Grammy
Award for Best R&B Album.
At the end of 1999,
magazineranked Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson as the first and second mostsuccessful artists of the 1990s.
By the 2000s, the cross-pollination between R&B and hip hop hadincreased. Mainstream modern R&B has a sound more based onrhythm than hip hop soul had, and lacks the hardcore and soulfulurban "grinding" feel on which hip-hop soul relied. That rhythmicelement descends from new jack swing. R&B began to focus moreon solo artists rather than groups as the 2000s progressed.According to
magazine, the most commercially successfulR&B acts of the decade were Usher, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, MariahCarey, and Rihanna. Other recording artists today have combinedtraditional R&B with elements with contemporary pop, pop rock,dance-pop, and electro-pop to create a lighter and more youthfulsound.
Hip hop music
, also rap music consists of a stylized rhythmicmusic; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip-hopculture, including DJing and scratching, beatboxing, andinstrumental tracks. The early stages of Hip-Hop consisted of recordings of parties andmix tapes by DJs.. Despite the genre's growing popularity,Philadelphia was, for many years, the only city whose contributionscould be compared to New York City's. Hip hop music becamepopular in Philadelphia in the late 1970s.