There were hundreds of incredible artists but only 10 slots for our most slept-on R&B artists list. So, naturally, we made a Pt. 2 for those searching for hidden R&B gems in our audio junk food era.
Here are ten more slept-on R&B (and Nu-Soul/Pop) artists. Take a look.
In 2013, people still don’t know who or what a Ledisi is and that’s 100% criminal. She’s just too vocally-stunning and refreshing to be so unknown. Maybe it’s her locs, darker complexion or thicker body type preventing her from crossing over, and if so, that’s heartbreaking.
Lianne La Havas
Not really “R&B” but close enough, the intriguing folksy-soulstress is everything Adele was before rising to megastardom. Vocally-elegant, she’s yet another incredible U.K. import destined to win ALL the Grammy’s.
Musically-intoxicating, the shadow-dwelling duo’s music is pure audio cocaine. With smoky vocals by Odd Future’s Syd and quality Matt Martians production, the quirky collective’s debut “Purple N**ed Ladies” is must-cop material.
Your seductive late night/early mornings-quiet storm-baby maker-playlist needs Vikter Duplaix—Electro-Soul’s best-kept secret—on it. Planning a baby? Add “Bold and Beautiful” to your collection. Instant impregnation.
You wouldn’t know the buttery-voiced crooner looked like a grizzly mountain man (who kills wolves with his bare hands) if you heard him on the radio, but he does. Undeniably-dope, yet slept-on, his debut album “Lumberjack Soul” is essential for Soul lovers.
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If Future Vandross were a soulful Black hippie from the West Coast, he’d be singer/songwriter Iman Omari—the future of new-age R&B. For those unfamiliar, start with “Worth It” off the “Energy” mixtape. Iman’s just different.
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There’s a fuzzy-warmness that oozes from the cool, relatable, musically-inviting singer’s music. Super-positive and genuine, no Soul artist makes better audio comfort food than Choklate.
The super-cool crooner with a vintage twist makes quality wine-sipping music for the grown and employed. Looking for stress-relieving Soul to read, write or cook healthy meals to? Try Jose James.
Like Lianne La Havas, she’s the newest of dope U.K. imports destined to breakthrough into mainstream R&B/Pop. Steadily climbing the charts with her hit single “Next To Me (featuring Kendrick Lamar),” she has the eclectic look and sound to truly flourish.
The British songbird (with a name that always looks misspelled) has the most soul-soothing voice you’ve probably never heard before. Overseas-famous, you’ll zone-out to addictive gems like “Arrow(s)” and “4th Stranger.” Don’t sleep.