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Gerrick D. Kennedy

Gerrick D. Kennedy is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he has covered music and pop culture since 2009. He’s on the frontlines at award shows, music festivals and has profiled hundreds of the music industry’s biggest players including Mariah Carey, Drake, Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd. In 2012, Kennedy was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Assn. of Black Journalists and in 2014 the Advocate featured him in its annual 40 Under 40 list. He is also the author of “Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap.”
In the new R&B, the future is female. A closer look at four artists re-igniting the genre

With R&B in the midst of a resurgence, there’s been an upswing of artists pushing the genre out of the shadows of hip-hop. And it’s the ladies who are doing the heavy lifting of getting R&B back to its soulful roots. Here are some of the risk-takers pushing R&B into the future.

'Real R&B' seemed like a lost art. Fresh voices have changed that — but is it enough?

In the '90s, R&B’s influence was indelible. Artists dominated the charts with record-breaking singles and the explosion of groups – both male and female – created a boon for the genre. But as hip-hop continued its rise, the genre lost its way.

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