Diddy is one of the most established rappers in the hip-hop industry. However, Diddy and American record producer Timbaland got into a heated argument on Instagram Live regarding the state of R&B.

Timbaland found it difficult to speak during the debate, which was dominated by a great deal of ranting from Diddy. The music executive claims that R&B has lost its soul, and he is working to restore it.

“R&B is muthaf*ckin’ dead as of right now. The R&B I made my babies to? R&B gotta be judged to a certain thing — it’s the feeling though, doggy. No, no, no. It’s a feeling. You gotta be able to sing for R&B and then you gotta tell the truth. R&B is not a hustle. This shit is about feeling your vulnerability.

You gotta muthaf*ckin make a n**** dick hard or a woman’s vagina wet. You gotta cry. You gotta be able to get your girl back. I don’t wanna hear all this bullshit […] It’s our fault for accepting anything less for anybody getting on a mic. I feel like there was a death of R&B singing, and I’m a part of bringing that shit back! I ain’t feelin’ no emotions.”


Diddy asked Timbaland to list five R&B singers that could sing without using Auto-Tune as he made an effort to clarify that he was viewing the situation from the perspective of a producer. Timbo appeared confused and tried his best to recall some of their names. Diddy hopped in, “R&B don’t sound too alive. You don’t even know anybody’s name.”

During Diddy’s Livestream, Mary J. Blige also made an appearance and tried her best to respond to his question. “You can’t kill something that’s in our DNA,” Blige said.

“It’s gonna keep transitioning from generation to generation to generation to generation. They was trying to kill it. Before I say what I’m gonna say, let me just say this: I wanna thank all the radio stations around the country that are playing R&B music and sincerely support it.

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,”

She was clear that the contributions made by other R&B artists like Chaka Khan, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Jazmine Sullivan, and SWV couldn’t be “killed.” Stay tuned to Thirsty for more updates.

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