Pictured clockwise from top left: Singers Teyana Taylor, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani and Summer Walker cover Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue.
All four ladies say the music industry is adapting slowly to their varying talents and, as a result, they don't get the radio airplay that their rap counterparts, such as Cardi B, enjoy.
R&B's marketshare is not as big as hip-hop, but it’s growing -- by 4.64% in market share compared with this time last year.
"Everyone has their own style and thing going on, but it's all the same truth," says Taylor, 29. "We're still women who have experienced love and heartbreak. It's dope to hear everyone express that truth in their different ways."
Aiko, a woman of color, says the biggest obstacle for her genre of pop/hip-hop is getting radio play. "The industry will still pigeonhole [my music], saying, 'Oh, this has to go to urban,'" says Aiko. "I'm like, 'Why?'"
But kehlani, 25, sees opportunity for her style of R&B/hip-hop to grow. "R&B keeps evolving, keeps getting cooler, more personal," she says.
"We'll always be here," says Taylor. "R&B is always going to be the realest bitch in the world."
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A$AP Rocky and Kehlani led the celebrity tributes to rapper Chynna, who passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 8. She was 25.
The A$AP Mob star passed away at her home in Philadelphia, her manager John Miller confirmed to PEOPLE. A cause of death has not been disclosed.
"Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family said in a statement.
After news broke of Chynna's death, A$AP Rocky took to his Instagram Stories to share a picture of the young star, writing alongside it: "rest in peace baby girl."
Kehlani added in her tribute that she'd messaged Chynna on Wednesday morning, writing: "chynna you were f**kin hilarious bro. today was our last exchange of jokes & those i will miss the most. i can’t believe it idk (I don't know) how to. i love you. so very much. my heart is officially iced."
Vince Staples was also left devastated by Chynna's death, tweeting: "I don't like doing this when my people go but I think everybody needs to know that you were special. Too special for words. Stay outta trouble lil cuh [sic]."
Chynna's death comes just four months after she released her EP If I Die First. She was best known for her singles "Selfie" and "Glen Coco", and also achieved fame as a model - after starting out in the industry when she was just 14 years old.
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Minnesota rapper Lexii Alijai passed away on New Year's Day at age 21. A family member confirmed her death on Facebook.com on Wednesday. A cause of death was not made public.
Alijai, who was born Alexis Alijai Lynch, was the granddaughter of Zapp band founder Robert Troutman. She was an up-and-coming rapper who launched her career by recording covers of hit songs on SoundCloud and YouTube.
Alijai is best known for collaborations with singer Kelani on her 2015 hit song "Jealous" and "You Should Be Here," which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
"I'm angry I'm confused I'm heartbroken I'm angry I'm confused," Kehlani tweeted on Wednesday. "I love you lexii. My baby was 21!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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In Alijai's last Facebook post, written hours before she died, she wrote, "Stayin in the crib as usual on New Years... [I don't] do parties. I hope everyone has fun, be safe!"
Alijai's death prompted speculation about how she died. Like other SoundCloud rappers, Alijai's tracks had drug and alcohol themes.
In her song "Look At Your Game Girl," she raps:
Colt 45 to the head, hope I don't blow my liver
Liquor all in my system, make me float like a river, drippin'
Bottles sittin' on the counters in kitchens, I'm sippin'
Stare at my children, wish they had what they missin'/em>
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Kehlani confirmed she and her rapper boyfriend YG have called it quits. The 24-year-old singer is telling fans she's "single and focused".
The Oakland native, who is best known for her performance on America's Got Talent, started dating YG in September after she welcomed a daughter with guitarist Javie Young-White.
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Kehlani and YG first confirmed they were a couple in September, after they stepped out together at New York Fashion Week.
Everyone - from fans to music contemporaries - told her the 29-year-old rapper was wrong for her. But she wouldn't listen. It wasn't long before she regretted her decision.
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Doubts began to creep in when the troubled rapper was photographed apparently kissing another woman while leaving a Los Angeles nightclub in October.
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Then last week, YG was spotted Christmas shopping with 24-year-old rapper Megan Thee Stallion on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The sighting sparked rumors that he left Kehlani for Megan.
After being flooded with questions from her followers, Kehlani set the record straight about the status of her romance with YG, real name Keenon Jackson.
Kehlani, who is ghey-for-pay, also denied rumors she is dating Canadian hip-hop singer Tory Lanez, 27.
"Because i keep seeing this. i'm addressing it. absolutely not. we made a song for my album," she wrote in a tweet, which has since been deleted. "I am single. and focused."
Teyana Taylor drops sultry new single and music video "Morning" featuring Kehlani. The new track is the latest offering from her upcoming project, titled THE ALBUM, the the long-awaited follow-up to Teyana's instant classic KTSE.
The brand new single and steamy video are both available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.
The multi-talented 28-year-old R&B superstar and Harlem native juggles her active life as a mother, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, and model.
The entire music video is a steamy make out session with Kehlani, 24. Teyana, who is openly bisexual, writhes and gyrates on fellow bisexual singer Kehlani, as she sings:
I ain't here to play no games
I'm gonna give it to you just how you want it
You can call me crazy
Maybe you just drive me crazy
When you touch on it.
"Morning" is the second advance track from THE ALBUM, following up the R&B smash "How You Want It? (HYWI?)" featuring up-and-coming rapper King Combs.
Teyana Taylor - Morning ft. Kehlani
SR rated: 3.5/5 roses
Ciara Wilson was among the fashionable stars attending the 2019 Beautycon Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 11. The part-time singer and homemaker attended the 2-day convention that welcomed makeup artists, beauty bloggers, social media influencers, entrepreneurs and celebrities to connect, shop and discuss all things beauty-related. BeautyCon featured more than 150 brands, panels and special performances.
Some of the highlights from BeautyCon included an interview with Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, who showed off her svelte new figure! Ms. Tina, pictured here with actress Marsai Martin, says granddaughter Blue Ivy is a budding makeup artist.
"I've bought Blue so many makeup kits, much to her dad's dismay!" she revealed to ET. She admitted that fathers like JAY-Z "don't like that." "But it's just for playtime. We have fun!"
Kelly Rowland told ET that rumors about a Destiny's Child reunion was "news to me, just as much as it was to you! I was like, 'Oh! My god, a tour is happening! Someone call me.'"
Kelly said she’s just too busy to hit the road with Beyonce and her massive entourage. "Everybody's supportive of each other's personal ventures right now," she said. "If it were to happen, I would want it to be a surprise. I feel like we know so much now. News is right at your fingertips and sometimes it's very bad journalism! Shame on you, whoever reported that."
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