The year in R&B and soul brought brilliant returns from music legends alongside artists pushing the boundaries of R&B past any limits. It's a genre where retro and futurism nestle cozily side by side. Here are the 15 best.
Talib Kweli exhorts his audience both to speak up and to listen, either to him or each other on Radio Silence, which is truly an album of our times.
"Link Up" takes the avant-funk template pioneered by Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly and leans it back across a smooth, sophisti-pop groove.