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Essential R&B 2015

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Released by Sony in the U.K., Essential R&B 2015 reaches back to the '90s for R. Kelly's "Bump and Grind" and, oddly, contains a handful of rap cuts from the likes of T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes, and A$AP Rocky. Otherwise, it sticks to 2010s R&B with the majority of the cuts originally released in 2013 and 2014. Among the highlights are Ciara's "Body Party," DJ Cassidy's "Calling All Hearts," Jennifer Hudson's "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)," Tinashe's "2 On," and Usher's "She Came to Give It to You." This is a decent round-up of commercial, pop-oriented R&B and rap.

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