It pains me to admit that I have a longstanding love-hate relationship with R&B singers. The love is birthed from a pure place, as the genre of music has served as the soundtrack to my life. I mean, when an R&B song is right, there are few things on this planet capable of touching my soul on such a spiritual level. (God and Red Lobster cheddar biscuits are the only entities capable of surpassing that feeling).
But everything isn’t sweet when it comes to my relationship with R&B. The hate that I have for it is derived from a mindset that seemingly every R&B artist has adopted. It’s called the Dirty Mack. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, the Dirty Mack is when you try to steal someone’s man or woman by belittling the person they are currently with.
Now, that is not to say that other non-singers avoid this type of transgression altogether. We both know that’s just not true. But Joe Public isn’t out here making a living by trying to steal someone’s significant other. Joe the singer, however, is an entirely different story. He headlines a list of R&B singers who are known for going full-blown Dirty Mack.
(P.S. The tragedy in all of this is that I really like these songs.)