Contemporary R&B

Also known as Urban Contemporary this newer style of Rhythm and Blues combines elements of soul, funk, dance, and hip hop. Contemporary R&B has a slick, electronic record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, the occasional guitar riff to give the song a rock feel, the occasional saxophone solo to give a jazz feel and a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement. Uses of hip hop-inspired beats are typical, although the roughness and grit inherent in hip hop is usually reduced and smoothed out. R&B vocalists are often known for their use of melisma, the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession.