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Article: Top 10 best R&B artists that have emerged this decade by Sarah Epps

Every 10 years or so, we have a set of new entertainers and artists that breaks boundaries and make themselves household names. In the genre of r&b, there are many new artists that emerge,but fail to make a lasting impact in the music industry.

All the artists listed below debuted in the industry between the years 2000 and 2009.

10. John Legend – We first heard John Legend sing on Alicia Keys’ single “You Don’t Know My Name” in 2003. A year later, we then knew Legend for more than singing background vocals; he touched everyone’s heart with his Top 40 Hit “Ordinary People” in 2005 from the platinum selling album “Get Lifted”. The 6 time Grammy award winner has gone to sell over 6 million albums combined. Click to buy “Get Lifted”

9. Mario – Mario is best known for his 2 mega hits “Just A Friend” which peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 and “Let Me Love You” which was his first #1 hit. Mario first hit the music scene in 2002 as a 16 year old, demanding to be heard. With vocals and soul that are unmatched with any other teen, Mario captured our attention and made us remember his name. He’s still going on, Mario will be bring out a new album entitled “D.N.A” this year. Make sure to support him.

8. Jennifer Hudson- If you want to know how to make yourself a household name, just ask Jennifer Hudson. She has gone from American idol contestant to an Oscar and Grammy award winning diva in less than 3 years. When Dreamgirls first released in theaters, i’m sure there were tears flowing down more than a million faces after she sang her rendition of “I Am Telling You”. Even so, after her major success in Dreamgirls, Hudson was not ready to settle. She released her self titled debut album which sold over 200,000 copies in the first week. Jennifer is a force, and she won’t stop.

7. Chris Brown -With comparisons to Michael Jackson and Usher, how can one not be successful? Chris stormed onto the music scene in 2005 capturing the hearts of teen girls around the world. Chris debuted his first single “Run It” and became the first male artists whose debut single top 3 charts in the #1 position. Brown’s success did not seem to stop, all of his 3 singles made the Top 20. His second album, “Exclusive”, brought in more success for the 20 year old. He went on to claim 3 top 10 hits, and knocking all competition out the park. No matter the legal trouble, Chris is a talent that won’t be forgotten. Brown’s 3rd album is to be released later this year.

6. Duffy – Blue eyed soul has been around forever, but in the past years it seems to be emerging and becoming more popular. Duffy is known for her unique voice and catchy, soulful songs. Duffy debuted her critically acclaimed album “Rockferry” to the world in 2007. The single Mercy peaked on the US charts at number 27, and her album has went on to sell a million copies in the US alone. There is no question that she is one of the best to hit the scene this decade.

5. Ashanti – She may not be as relevant today, but Ashanti’s music won’t be forgotten. In 2001-2003 era, Ashanti owned the airwaves. Her song “Foolish” peaked at #1 on the billboard charts and she obtained the record for highest debut for a female artist…selling 503K the first week. Since her debut, Ashanti has gone to record 4 albums and sell well over 15 million records worldwide.

4. Keyshia Cole – Keyshia Cole leaves a lasting impression on anyone, whether good or bad. The singers debut album “The Way It Is” only 89,000 copies her first week; but shortly after 17 weeks, the album was certified Gold and has now sold over 1.4 million copies. The singer made a very impressive improvement with her follow-up album “Just Like You”. The album sold 281K copies first week, and sold over 1.5 million copies. It seems Keyshia continues to grow with each album made; also combined with her TV show, she is definitely known across America.

3. Ne-yo – We first met Ne-yo when he was “So Sick of Love Songs”, now we all have fell deeply in love with the music of the talented gentleman. Ne-yo has 5 top ten songs, and 2 top ten albums to boast. He has wrote number 1 hits for the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Mario, etc. There seems to be nothing Ne-yo can not do; he writes, produce, sing, dance and act. He is definitely the most talented male r&b artist to emerge this decade.

2. Beyonce- Huh? Beyonce at number 2? Well yes, it was very hard to choose, but she is amazing nonetheless. As one of today’s most talented and beautiful stars, Beyonce is an international success. Her career as a solo artist is one to beat. In 2003, Beyonce debuted her first solo album “Dangerously In Love”, which impacted the world in a way that only a mega-star could. DIL has sold over 13 million copies worldwide and won the diva 5 grammys in one night (Only to be tied with Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse. Beyonce did not settle after her debut, she has gone to sell over 25 million records and has earned 7 Grammys in her solo career.

1. Alicia Keys – Timeless music, timeless artist. In 2001, Alicia caught the world’s attention with “Fallin”. We didn’t know how so much soul could be in such a beautiful, young woman. Many doubted Alicia could beat the success of her debut album “Songs In A Minor” selling over 13 million copies as of this date. Keys released “Diary of Alicia Keys” in late 2003 selling 618K in her first week of sales, and went on to sell 8 million albums worldwide. Overall, Alicia has went on to sell over 30 million albums, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artist of this decade. Keys is also commonly nicknamed “Grammy Goddess” due to her high favor in winning. Only a few female r&b artist have been nominated for a total of 24 Grammy awards, and won 12. The classically trained pianist is continuing her career, and is said to bring out an album by the end of this year.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 1. MC Lyte

If you ask hip-hop fans who the greatest male emcee of all time is, you’re more than likely to get about 20 to 25 different responses. Now, switch the question to “Who’s the best female rapper of all time?” and, alas, you’re more than likely to end up with the same answer 9 out of 10 times: MC Lyte.

With gems like “I Cram to Understand U (Sam)” and “10% Dis” from her 1988 debut, Lyte As a Rock, MC Lyte changed hip-hop’s perception of femcees without changing her outfit. Instead, she cloaked herself in dignity and integrity. And did I mention that she could run circles around many of her male counterparts with her take-your-hats-off wordplay? Lyte’s originality, smooth flow, substance-packed content, and impeccable delivery, make her the unquestionable queen of rap music.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 2. Lauryn Hill

Long before she nabbed 5 Grammys for her debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Hill was already in contention for the throne. As one-third of 90s super group, Fugees, L’Boogie quickly established herself as the focal point of the crew. By seamlessly blending jaw-dropping lyricism with social commentary, she helped make The Score the magnum opus of Fugees’ catalog and, more importantly, a certified hip-hop classic.

On Miseducation, Lauryn unleashed the best fusion of hip-hop and R&B of the last decade. Her stellar songwriting flourished from song to song, whether grappling with spirituality (“Final Hour,” “Forgive Them, Father”) or stroking sexuality without exploiting it (“Nothing Even Matters”). Like Lyte and Latifah before her, Lauryn shines without drawing unnecessary attention to her sexual ambiance.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 3. Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah couldn’t have picked a more appropriate stage moniker. Thanks to a brilliant mesh of social commentary and political consciousness, this queen had no problem attracting a cult-like following from the jump off. Latifah was one of the first to demand self-respect and gender equality in hip-hop. Who can forget the Grammy-winning “U.N.I.T.Y.” (from Black Reign), where she made it clear that addressing her as a b***h is a quick way to get yourself “punched dead” in the face?



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 4. Missy Elliott

Not only is Missy one of the best, she’s also one of the most versatile hip-hop artists, period. A multi-faceted entertainer, Missy writes, raps, sings, and produces all her songs. Her music videos are consistently innovative and intriguing. To crown it all, no other female rapper has ever been able to match Missy’s level of success.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 5. Da Brat

Discovered by Jermaine Dupri in ’92, Da Brat (like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah) exploded into the hip-hop scene at a time when female rappers were almost unheard of. Against all odds, her debut, Funkdafied, became the first platinum-selling album by a female rapper. Unlike Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, Da Bra-ta-ta skewered sexuality early on in her career. Instead, she relied on her dashing delivery and double time flow.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 6. Jean Grae

With three solid releases–Attack of the Attacking Things, The Bootlegg of The Bootlegg EP, and This Week–under her belt, South African-born, New York-bred rapper Jean Grae has been spinning heads for the past 10 years or so. What makes Grae stand out from the pack is her combination of humor and seriousness. Whether poking fun at herself on “Going Crazy” or rhyming about loyalty and dedication on “My Crew,” J.G. does it all with a touch of excellence.

In 2005, Jean hooked up with producer 9th Wonder for a full length collaboration dubbed Jeanius. A widespread internet leak forced her to shelf one of the best collaborative hip-hop albums you’ll never hear. Previously down with Babygrande Records (Canibus, Hi-Tek), Jean Grae is now signed to Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith imprint.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 7. Rah Digga

Rah Digga first showcased her lyrical tenacity by dropping verses here and there as a member of the Busta Rhymes-led Flipmode Squad. Digga eventually solidified her place with the electrifying Dirty Harriet LP. Rah’s ability to craft commercially viable tracks while still dropping hardcore gems makes her stick out from the rest.

Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 8. Lil’ Kim

Lil’ Kim’s The Naked Truth was the first album by a female rapper to be awarded 5 mics in The Source magazine. Whether or not the accolades were well-deserved is another story. However, Kim’s impact on hip-hop is unquestionable. Since her Hard Core debut in 1996, Kim has spawned a slew of emulators, who are eager to replicate her libidinous lyrics and in-your-face persona.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 9. Eve

Before she went all Hollywood on us, Eve was often heralded for her superb songwriting. Hits like “Satisfaction,” “Gangsta Lovin’” (with Alicia Keys) and “Let Me Blow Your Mind” (with Gwen Stefani) showcased her unique ability to appeal to a broad audience without losing her edge.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: #10. Foxy Brown

Granted, Foxy gets plenty of backlash for her raunchy lyrics, but, let’s not forget that she also contributed to some of hip-hop’s most notable hits. LL Cool J’s “I Shot Ya” and Jay-Z’s “Ain’t No N***a” would’ve never sounded the same without Fox Boogie’s catchy couplets. Brown has also managed to garner a measurable amount of success on her own three discs: Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, and Broken Silence.




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