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In a refreshing new way, R&B music is making a comeback into the mainstream. In the golden age of the 2000s, slow jams and R&B ruled the airwaves with the likes of Usher, B2K, and Aaliyah. Since then, the lines of R&B have been blurred beyond all recognition. Many rappers are taking methods of R&B and distorting the basics of the music genre. Alternative R&B offers a different take on the classic. Alternative R&B allows for more creativity while aggressively pushing the boundaries of music. No one channels that feeling more than Jelani Aryeh.
Jelani Aryeh’s style fits into his theme of music, self-loving, thought-provoking sounds. Jelani finds solace in the need for understanding and the overall greater love for humanity. Since his first album, Suburban Destinesia, Jelani Aryeh has been compared to the likes of many alternative acts like Frank Ocean and Miguel. What makes Jelani Aryeh so unique is his ability to take this a step further. His soothing voice tracks across his music with as much grace as a ballroom dancer. With lo-fi-like production to complement his voice, Jelani Aryeh music a cluster of supernova happiness.
In 2020, Jelani Aryeh released his only single, “Stella Brown.” A little departure from his old work but hold up the same. But, perhaps, his 2019 album, Helvetica, is his best work to date. The 9 tracks boast various vivid images of openness and pure pledges for the human race to come together in union. With his running connection with Mother Nature and Earth in the project, Jelani Aryeh can’t seem to skip a beat. Within the spoken soft voice of his R&B, Jelani Aryeh finds time to rap a little. With such raw emotion and passion in his music, Jelani Aryeh is poised to take a place among the greats in his quest.