AceShowbiz - Mary J. Blige has weighed in on Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' popular question on social media about the state of R&B. Speaking to Diddy, the "Family Affair" hitmaker accused Adele and Justin Timberlake of killing the genre.
During an Instagram Live session on Wednesday, August 17, Mary told Diddy, "You can't kill something that's in our DNA." The 51-year-old star continued, "It's gonna keep transitioning from generation to generation to generation to generation. They was trying to kill it."
Mary added, "They wanna call it 'Popular Music' with Adele and Justin Timberlake get ahold to it, so now it's 'Popular Music.' " The "Be Without You" hitmaker further stressed, "But it's been popular music! We've been had it!"
Elsewhere during the chat, Mary said, "I wanna thank all the radio stations around the country that are playing R&B music and sincerely support it." The singer continued, "But, you know, a lot of the radio stations killed it, for the same thing that Tank was saying. They ain't gon' jump on the bandwagon of whatever the hottest things is…but, let me just say this. We have to keep ourselves alive as R&B singers."
Mary then named herself and several of her peers like Chaka Khan, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Jazmine Sullivan and SWV, stating once again that these artists' talents, and those like them, can't be "killed." She also encouraged people not to complain about radio stations and their lack of R&B support, because she deemed that as sheep behavior that also contributed to the demise of the genre. "Be a shepherd," she pointed out.
On Wednesday, Diddy asked his followers on Instagram and Twitter, "Who killed R&B?" A few hours later, he returned to his social media accounts to post another question about how they defined the genre.
Also responding to Diddy's question was YK Osiris. YK Osiris turned to Instagram Story to address the matter. "R&B is not dead believe that. That's why they got me!! Period," he wrote over a black screen.
In a follow-up post, YK Osiris posted a video of him sharing his opinion. "R&B is not dead, understand that. It's just not about singing. It's the whole package that these n***as don't have," he said. Over the clip, he wrote, "It's not how it used to be !!!!!!!!"