The introduction of R&B singer Mya into popular consciousness has been a gradual and deliberate effort. She entered as an R&B pop confection at age 18, appealed to dancehall and hip-hop heads with her cover of Beenie Man's "Girls Dem Sugar."
Many of R&B's finest historically doubled as social documentarians. Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr - even the Temptations - sang about love and struggle. By comparison, the majority of today's soul singers push hard realities