Inquiring Minds

What's The R&B Singer/Rapper Relationship Really Like?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Jack Freeman, Dallas Blocker, Leelonn, Patrick Sims, Senze

Not Invited: Ja Rule

This Week's Prompt: You all have had some songs with some fairly tough rappers. What's that relationship like? Is it mutual respect because you're both talented? Do the rappers look down on the R&B singers because they're not viewed as being as overtly tough? Or do the R&B singers see the rappers' thugliness as being graceless, abrasive and counterintuitive?

Disclaimer: Normally, this is a round table discussion among prominent Houston rappers. However, in no uncertain terms, there has been a rise in Houston's male R&B talent recently. And since we are unforgiving fans of the music, we reached out to the city's best R&B dudes to get their perspective on some things. This is a two-part series. Here's last week's installment. Ahhhhhhh, yyyyeeaaahhhhh. We're doing this for the nine-trey.

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Shea Serrano