Talk:Rhythm and blues
Rather than describing a recognizable musical genre, rhythm and blues has come to be used to indicate whatever contemporary music is popular with African-Americans.
This article is quite unsatisfying. "Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term ... attached to ... whatever form of contemporary music is popular with African-American pop musicians and audiences." So it's not a genre as such but just a marketing term for different genres over time?!
"In its first manifestation, rhythm and blues was a black version of a predecessor to rock and roll." So what is the (white?) predecessor to rock and roll which is referred to here?
Is modern R&B (pop "influenced by hip-hop, funk, and soul music") sufficiently different from the "first manifestation" to warrant separate articles? There's a separate article for soul music which says it "is fundamentally rhythm and blues". I'm not very knowledgable about this and trying to learn. Nurg 09:17, 7 Oct 2004 (UTC)