The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul responded to the “Who killed R&B?” question that Diddy posed on social media.
Mary J. Blige Tells Diddy “They Was Trying to Kill It”: Discussing the State Of R&B
Diddy raised the question: “Who killed R&B” and brought Mary J Blige on Instagram Live with him for an in-depth discussion on the subject.
Diddy began a lively social media debate when he took to social media to discuss the state of R&B. Many fans have claimed the genre is not what it used to be and is in a state of decline since its heyday decades ago.
Diddy insinuated R&B was dead by posing the question "Who killed R&B?" on Twitter on Wednesday (Aug. 17), He later returns to ask his followers how they defined the genre.
“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.”
She then prefaced her future level by thanking the radio stations who genuinely assistance the genre ahead of speaking about how they contributed to the decrease.
“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.”
"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," she added, referring to words expressed by Tank when he appeared on the Drink Champs podcast
Blige then gave out virtual flowers to some of the greats in the R&B genre Chaka Khan, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Jazmine Sullivan, and SWV, before reiterating that these artists and their contributions to R&B can't be "killed."
"They wanna call it 'Popular Music' with Adele and Justin Timberlake get ahold to it, so now it's 'Popular Music.' But it's been popular music! We've been had it!"
Watch Mary J. Blige’s conversation with Diddy below:
Diddy later had a conversation, in which he spoke with singers like Mary J. Blige, Tank, Timbaland and Kehlani. During the conversation, Mary J. praised the current crop of female R&B artists who are currently doing their thing.
Artists like Mario, Yung Baby Tate and Toosii didn't agree with Diddy's take either.