1. Alterna-R&B or Emo R&B
Blend: R&B and Alternative
R&B has definitely taken a trip to the dark side in recent times. Replacing funky grooves with slow-progressing synths, the shift started with the warped sonic union of Timbaland and Aaliyah on majority of her 1996 One In A Million album, but it started to really go publically emo with the recent introduction of The Weeknd. The Canadian-bred crooner takes soul melodies and works them over intense guitar riffs and hard-hitting drums — basically the essentials of a live rock band. He’s not alone either. Traces of hipster soul can be seen in Frank Ocean, Jhene Aiko and on the debut project of rising talent Kelela. We can only imagine what could have come about from that rumored collaboration between Aaliyah and Trent Reznor.