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

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D’Angelo

D’Angelo is hands down my favorite man on this list. While D’Angelo could always croon us into the next millennium, we never forget that there’s that thuggish, ruggish bone in his body. What else can you say about a man who uses a love song as a double entendre to describe his affection for marijuana?  Brilliant. Then there was his song, “Sh!t, Damn, MotherF**ker.” That was a beautifully violent song straight from a bruised male ego. Then as if we needed our suspicions further confirmed, which we didn’t, Common spoke about D’Angelo’s duality in his memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense. He admired the fact that while D’Angelo had this high pitched, smooth voice he was not to be tested. He recalled how he once came into the studio with blood on him after getting into an altercation with someone out in the street. We’re not saying that fighting makes you a man but D’Angelo will never be mistaken as too feminine.

This certainly isn’t all of them… which R&B cats defy the stereotype?

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