The biggest myth about new wave R&B is that Aaliyah and Cassie somehow spawned this minimal, spacey drugged out sound. Go back and actually listen to Aaliyah or Cassie circa-2006! Their beats were full of warmth, and both vocalists sounded fucked up on love and feeling, not drugs and the lack of feeling.
I like a lot of this stuff, but if you don’t, blame The Weeknd and OVO. It was definitely a dude who made everything sad and devoid. Keep Aaliyah out of it.
this weekend at mystery hunt one of the puzzles was weeknd-themed and i actually threw a mini-‘yo fuck that guy’ tantrum