Usher has crowned himself the king of R&B.
Appearing on SiriusXM and “Bevelations” on Radio Andy, the eight-time Grammy Award winner couldn’t help but honk his horn.
“King, call it what you want,” the ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love’ hitmaker told host Bevy Smith. “Yeah, I’ve worked to the point where I own this, and I deserve it.”
“And I won’t ask again. You will give it away. Because I worked for it,” he added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Usher, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, shut down talk of R&B being a dying genre after Diddy recently suggested it.
“When I hear people, even like Puff, say, ‘You know, R&B is dead. He seems crazy to me,” the “Climax” hitmaker said. “It sounds, it sounds, it sounds crazy.”
“You know, especially knowing that he was a pioneer in his understanding and benefited from it. You know, the source that is R&B created the breath of life that was breathed into hip-hop. It wouldn’t, Usher continued.
“There wouldn’t be hip-hop if there wasn’t R&B, so it’s blasphemous to hear me say, to hear people say anything, especially hip-hop cats , to say anything about R&B.”
During an Instagram Live with music producer Timbaland last week, Diddy, real name Sean Combs, said “R&B is dead right now.”
“This is R&B. R&B is timeless, it’s not going away,” Usher added.
New York Post