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Chapter 193: Waterfalls

90s R&B

Splitting the difference between restrained, tasteful ‘quiet storm’ R&B and gleefully gaudy New Jack Swing, these luscious grooves kick off R&B’s modern era. Tracks like “The Boy Is Mine” and “Freak Me” establish a keyboard-drenched beat and a hook, then add layers of vocal melisma until they reach a boiling point. “Pony” and “Feenin’” are nakedly horny, but that also makes them vulnerable and almost sweet. “Waterfalls” is built around a deceptively tricky melody, befitting a track that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.
1. Blackstreet & Dr. Dre

No Diggity

2. Brandy & Monica

The Boy Is Mine

3. Silk

Freak Me

4. Salt-N-Pepa

Whatta Man (ft. En Vogue)

5. Soul for Real

Candy Rain

6. TLC


7. En Vogue

My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)

8. Ghost Town DJs

My Boo

9. Ginuwine


10. Jodeci