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Title: Rem's Rant: Women in Music
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OK, so I've done what I believe to be a good job of avoiding angering a particular group of Stans but today? NO MAS! It's time ...

OK, so I've done what I believe to be a good job of avoiding angering a particular group of Stans but today? NO MAS! It's time to address the elephant in the room in regards to the emerging female talent in R&B. From newcomers like SZA, Alina Baraz, and Yuna to the more seasoned songstresses like Rihanna, Jazmine Sullivan, and Jhene Aiko to name a few. Though all not commanding the same unit sales, these particular artists have given us a bit of relief from the normal Beyoncé barrage of content circulating in mainstream music. And I must say, I am adequately impressed with their own individual abilities to stay afloat amidst the sea of critics that believe only Beyoncé is worth the listen. 

As a disclaimer, I am in no way, shape, or form trying to pit any artist against the next and even more so in the realm of women artists as I know it can create a bit of a disconnect. I am well aware that all artists can coexist in their respective lanes but over the years we've lost sight of what creativity is in the music game with its women. But--bold statement alert!--I've never heard a "complete" album from Beyoncé. On top of that, for me, she vocally lacked until 4 dropped a few years back. Now, back to your regularly-scheduled program.

I definitely feel as if I have to say at some point that I don't particularly hate Beyonce's music rather the timing and antics that go along with it. As stated in the aforementioned disclaimer, I am aware that artists can coexist. But, she OBVIOUSLY does not. I've watched Queen Bey utterly obliterate the competition solely based off her own APPEAL with no regard for where their careers end up (Hey Miss Keri baby. Shit, talk about comradery). But, for some strange reason, this bunch of women refuses to go anywhere.

It's pretty impressive how staged everything surrounding her is but what's more impressive is how people praise the music outright before listening because of who it is. Ahead are examples of who these women are and what they've brought to the forefront besides a borrowed style. Sorry Bey, doesn't look like that “Formation” will be happening anytime soon. 

As far as I'm concerned, anytime I get to plug SZA in one of these articles, I will, until the world knows (if they don't already) how great she really is. 

I won't go back into an origin story for my "bride to be." But, we can take an extra second to bask in what is apparently refreshing to all her listeners. SHE CAN FUCKING SING! And no, not like a few runs and a cool falsetto, I'm talking like the real deal! Of course, we can credit her penmanship as she's already written a record that stuck for Nicki and Bey ("Feeling Myself") this early on. But, I don't think I'm reaching when I say we care more about her own music. From the teaser verses on D.R.A.M.'s "Caretaker" to the back-and-forth trading lines with Jill Scott on "Divinity,” SZA is definitely one of a kind and here to stay. But real quick, WHEREDAALBUM? 

Next up isn't necessarily one of my favorites but I do appreciate and respect what she's been able to offer music since "Pon De Replay." That's right, Rihanna (I didn't magically forget I gave ANTI a rather "stern" review. It really did suck). But, what didn't suck is how "Work" shot to #1 in less than 90 minutes of its release.

Say what you want about the "Jay Z-esque" Samsung deal to sell the album, you cannot deny Rihanna's ability to make current chart toppers seem as if they're cutting basement quality records. She in my opinion is the only artist that could take on Beyoncé head-to-head and potentially win in album sales. How? Why? Rihanna, like Bey in her absolute prime, currently runs mainstream everything surrounding her. Jordan/Kobe comparisons anyone? Rihanna is a stacked deck all by herself and I see no sign of letting up anytime soon. I know I didn't cite any music outside of “Work.” But, Rihanna stans are just as bad as the Beyhive. So, I’ll leave it to them to sift through what they love over what they hate (if anything).

Now, I won't bore you all with an in-depth breakdown of each of these artists as I believe you may get the point. A near perfect representation of artists to come alongside the poster of artists already cemented. The absolute best of who's new, coupled with the ceiling of the same genre, we are experiencing a new wave of women making their mark on what we consume daily. I, for one, love everything about new legends but in order for that to happen we have to force the elder ones to move over. 

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