R&B Music Icons, part of Universal Music Group's extensive Icon series, features an arbitrary track list that resembles a promotional sampler serviced to retailers. These 11 tracks were all major R&B (or rap) singles, but nothing else connects them. They span the late '60s through the 2000s, from the Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" to Erykah Badu's "Love of My Life," yet the sequence is neither chronological nor smooth, bouncing across decades and swinging between ballads and party anthems. For whatever reason, it retailed at a price higher than most other releases in the Icon series. Its appeal compared to relatively focused R&B compilations is very limited.
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman