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Less conventional Contemporary R&B with more Soul, and contemporary Jazz influences.

The term was coined by record executive Kedar Massenburg sometime late in The '90s to describe the breakthrough artists in this period, namely Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, and Maxwell. The label Neo Soul itself isn't exactly embraced by many of these artists, mainly due to the "neo" part, as if Soul died at some point.

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The music itself, while taking a page out of R&B's mass appeal with the structure and sound, is still deeply rooted in Soul music. It is still subject to Pop-Culture Isolation, as it's almost exclusively played on urban/African-American radio and outlets and hasn't reached the same heights it did back in the late 1990s, though artists like Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean, Kali Uchis, and Anderson .Paak have achieved substantial success playing the genre from the late 2010s onward.

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Artists generally under the Neo Soul label:

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