Alternative R&B (also referred to as alt-R&B, indie R&B, left-field R&B, and originally known as PBR&B, hipster R&B, or R-Neg-B) is a term used by music journalists to describe a stylistic alternative to contemporary R&B that began in the mid 2000s and came to prominence with musical artists such as Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid, 6lack and others. It is considered to be “more progressive and diverse” than its mainstream counterpart.

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