In a string of nine tweets this past Saturday, Solange wrote that R&B has long been experimental, and expressed frustration at music critics for, “acting like it just popped off last year.” She suggested a familiarity with Brandy as a pre-requisite for writing about R&B. Now, whether or not an extensive knowledge of Brandy’s back-catalog is really key to thoughtful writing, her albums are a pleasure to revisit, marked by incomparable singing and well-chosen production (from Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Kanye West, Sean Garrett and more). We’ve assembled 14 favorites, spanning Brandy’s five studio albums.
She’s my favorite R&B singer. truth.