He Had That Masculine Thing DOWN: 8 Mannish R&B Singers

March 21, 2012 ‐ By Renay Alize

The assumption…or stereotype is that if you’re a male R&B singer, you’re bound to be a tad bit feminine.With the prevalence of Hip Hop and it’s strong machismo culture, R&B singers are often regarded as “sweet,” a little metrosexual even. Nothing wrong with that. If a majority of your audience is going to be female you better know what they want to hear and how they want to hear it. But just because you sing to the ladies doesn’t mean you have to fit this stereotype. In fact there are a few brothas who “sang” and are more mannish than a little bit. Who am I talking about? Check out the list below…

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With a name like Tank, it’s clear that this man, born Durrell Babbs, was trying to send a message. Really, what else can you expect from a multi-sport athlete? But the music called him. He ended up giving up an opportunity to play college football to sing back up for Ginuwine. Turned out to be a good decision. Plus football is so dangerous and we could not have anything happen to this beautiful man and his body. Just look at that smile! But I digress. Though Tank is always singing to us, you can still hear the ruggedness in his delivery. If you recall the end of the “Maybe I Deserve” video, you know what I’m talking about. We dig that.

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  • What about Lyfe Jennings? He a thug

  • Ddc12963

    Trey Songz…should have been on this list. But if we were to go old school, Al Greene, Teddy Pendergast and Marvin Gaye would have made this list. 

  • Caribbeanqueen

    where is d’angelo??? i had an illegal relationship with him in my mind! i was about 14… sigh… lolol…

  • You all have got to fix the ad situation. Seriously

  • @MsRedboneBrite

    Sooooo…. I’m the only one who noticed there was only 7 slides instead of 8?? Ok…

    LOL, but seriously, this list is the bomb! I believe everybody who saying “So and so shouldn’t be on here” don’t know nothing about real baby making R & B, because I KNOWWWWWWWWWWW that even though R. Kelly has had some real low moments, you can’t deny 12 Play, R. Kelly, R., hell, his ENTIRE discography was the truth!!
    K-Ci (wooooooooOOOYEAH!) is who everyone thinks of when Jodeci is mentioned because, well, he’s K-Ci!! (Although Devante & Dalvin’s fine self were my personal favs)

    D’Angelo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whooooooooooo, he gotta be my fav on the list! I still knock to VooDoo to this very day!!

    Great list, but give me a number 8 please! 

  • Stephaniesa

    Tank tries too hard to be s@xy. I used to like him back in the day but he seems so thirsty to me.

  • Amija James

    I liked some of Jaheim’s songs, but he was too hood for me.  The video where he put the engagement ring on the dogs killed it!  
    Tank is a MAN!  He’s the kind of man who will put you to sleep but in the morning he’ll fix stuff.  
    R. Kelly’s old stuff is still baby making music.  Your Body’s Calling is my isht!

  • Tisha

    Don’t forget the Very manly Peter Hadar (Independent) http://www.peterhadar.bandcamp.com/album/take-off-victoria


    If you never heard, now you do.  Support the Underground!!

  • Brie

    R-Kelly is a child molester and K-Ci and Aaron Hall like to beat on women. It’s amazing that women like to talk that yang about respecting themselves and being a *insert adjective here* black woman, then willingly swoon over men that victimize women just like them. I guess it’s ok ’cause he’s never done it to YOU. SMH…

  • christielove

    My personal faves are Barry White,Alexander O’Neal and Michael Jackson. Barry White had that deep,baby making voice !

    • Guest

      I love Michael Jackson but nothing about him screamed mannish!!!

  • guest

    What about CASE?

  • Guest

    Replacing R.-Kelly with Anthony Hamilton would have made this list perfect.

    • Queen B

      I AGREE!!!!!!!!!! I can’t respect a child molester!

      • guestyo

        Nice to know you don’t respect your dad.

        • MadameHYC

          Feel free to give him your child then B*tch

    • Od

       Epic fail! No one cares about Anthony Hamilton. He sucks!

  • FromUR2UB

    As great as I believe Jaheim’s voice is, he wouldn’t be a greater force in the industry with proper material, because the people who have those special voices today, just came along at the wrong time.  I’m not even sure I know what it means to have proper material anymore; many of the songs that get people noticed now, aren’t that good.  They’re written for people who can’t sing, and that seems to be what their public wants.

    With the exceptions of Jaheim and D’Angelo (I guess he’s still good. Haven’t heard from him in a while) this list is kind of weak. Oh, sorry, I forgot: this is about whether they’re “mannish” or not…not so much whether they’re good singers.

  • d’angelo

  • Jolie

    Jaheim should be banished from all lists until he get off that stuff!

    Is Usher not mannish?! Ya’ll know he’s my illegitimate babys fahva…don’t play him like that MN! Lmao

  • Guest

    Umm, I have to disagree with K-Ci. I don’t think of masculinity when I hear him with all of that screaming…I just think of rehab. Much needed rehab. 

  • Gimmeabreak78

    I could take or leave any of the brothers on this list as being especially mannish, but they came correct with D’Angelo.

  • IllyPhilly

    Why would one believe a R&B singer was a little feminine? I would have never believed that, back in the day. Now…

  • The Real Mrs. PR Nelson

    Sorry to tell all u ladies that along with Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson..Jaheim is NOT SINGING TO US~~ 🙂

    still love them all 

    • ThisGirl

      Wait…so he saying he playing with the other side?

    •  HA!!!! I remember hearing that he was messin with some known singer when he 1st surfaced in the industry…