7. Hip-Hop Soul
Blend: Hip-Hop, R&B and New Jack Swing
Hip-hop soul is the most consistent of all the subgenres on this list. When it comes to hip-hop and R&B, no two worlds in music are so parallel, yet so close in nature. Both genres started as the premiere platforms for black culture represented in music, so the union actually makes perfect sense. There’s a musical magic going on when you hear a songbird like Mary J. Blige singing over a tough as nails hip-hop beat like “Sincerity,” or a heavy-hitter like Beanie Sigel spitting bars over a bluesy track like “Feel It In The Air.” It’s almost like an accidental masterpiece, and reflects the true definition that opposites attract.