If there was one part we absolutely loved about the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards last week, it was the hip hop cyphers. We got to see some of our favorite lyricists come together and collaborate if only for a few minutes. The result: A combination of raw and aged talent mixed with undeniable energy and sick lyrics. At Singersroom, we’re big fans of R&B and we couldn’t stop gushing about seeing our very own R&B stars doing the same thing. Here are five R&B cyphers we’re dying to see:
We’ve seen plenty of R&B artists make it big who originally started out as behind-the-scenes players. Our dream collaboration would consist of The Dream, Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and Bei Maejor. Bei would bring a newness, Keri could write the lyrics and bring a sexy vibe while The Dream and Ne-Yo could co-produce a major hit.
Since girl groups became practically nonexistent once Danity Kane broke up, we would die and go to R&B heaven if some of our favorite solo female artists made a hit. Our picks for the perfect group would be Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara and Kandi. Kandi and B were formerly a part of R&B groups so working together would prove to be an easy feat for them, while Ciara could choreograph their performance and Rihanna would bring an edgy vibe.
Bringing R&B back to its roots of soul, a collaboration of some of today’s top soul artists would be a true treat. If you brought Musiq Soulchild, Maxwell, Raheem Devaughn and Anthony Hamilton into a studio together, you could only expect a beautiful love song reminiscent of The Temptations or The Four Tops to emerge.
Over the past year, we’ve seen pint-sized stars emerge on the scene in a major way. Our rising star group would consist of Willow Smith, Bruno Mars, K. Michelle and Mishon.This equally divided male and female group would undoubtedly bring out a fun, energetic and catchy hit.
America’s Best R&B Crew
They’ve already proved that they can dance and sing, but what would happen if we put them together? We suspect a hot song with an even hotter routine to go along with it. So go ahead and bring it, Usher, Chris Brown and Mario.
—— By: Crystal Tate