Who is the King of R&B?
As he gears up to release his highly-anticipated album Chixtape 5 next week, Tory Lanez weighed in on the hotly-contested King of R&B debate.
While newcomers like Jacquees and YK Osiris have claimed the crown, Tory believes anyone can be king. “I think everybody’s a king in their own right,” he said. “I think there’s this common misconception that somebody shouldn’t say something that’s too big. Are people supposed to limit themselves? Are you supposed to want to be number two?”
The Toronto native went on to reveal his top 5 R&B artists of all time and made a case as to why R. Kelly deserves the crown. “Despite the things that he’s done, I think music and craft-wise, I would give it to R. Kelly,” he said. “He’s just been doing it for so long and he did so many different genres and did them phenomenally on the music side. I don’t agree with the things he did on the other side, but musically you gotta give it to guys like that.”
Tory sampled some of his favorite R&B songs from 2000-2006 for Chixtape 5, which arrives Nov. 15. The 18-track set also includes the T-Pain-assisted single “Jerry Sprunger.”
Find out who made Tory’s top 5 R&B artists of all time below.