We are definitely in the age of musical exploration as more and more artists have blurred the lines between genres. Take Usher, for instance — even though his latest album “A” should’ve been the highly anticipated R&B project heard around the world, he instead decided to drop a “Trap” album. He was dragged up and down social media for it but we can still give him an “A” for effort … no pun intended.
The latest artist to flip genres is Wiz Khalifa. The rapper stopped by Power 106 where he revealed that he’s working on a “full on” R&B album.
“My next album is all singing. Like full on,” he announced. When questioned about how he was going to pull off an R&B LP, Khalifa confirmed he had already made significant progress. “I already got like 20 songs done,” he added.
Now, in his defense, he does sound like he can carry a tune or two. He has also hired a vocal coach so he has to be taking this new project pretty seriously. Check out other artists who have completely switched genres over the years:
Gangsta rap legend Snoop Dogg recently went No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums list with his album “Bible of Love” earlier this year. His album featured Erica Campbell, Faith Evans, Charlie Wilson and more. He also made a stamp in the reggae world when he dropped “Reincarnated” back in 2013 under the moniker Snoop Lion.
Kanye West will always be known as a risk taker. The Chicago rapper dipped in the Gospel realm with the release of “Father Stretch My Hands” and “Ultralight Beam.” West’s “808s & Heartbreaks” was also dubbed to be an electro-pop album and is also said to be one of his best albums of all time.
After the release of “Tha Carter III,” Wayne tried his hand in Rock when he dropped “Rebirth” in 2009. Hit songs like “Drop The World” and “Prom Queen” catapulted Weezy ahead of his time.