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'''Todd (VO): '''''(Picture of...)''''' '''Adina Howard was born in 1973 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Which means she was only 22 when she got famous.
 
'''Todd (VO): '''''(Picture of...)''''' '''Adina Howard was born in 1973 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Which means she was only 22 when she got famous.
   
'''Todd:''' That doesn't give me a lot to work with. So instead I want to talk to y'all about the state of R&B in the '90s.<blockquote>''[Videos of Shai - Baby I'm Yours, ''Soul Train ''performance of Kurtis Blow's'' ''The Breaks'', ''New Edition - If It Isn't Love'' and ''Nicki Minaj and Beyonce - Feeling Myself]''</blockquote><blockquote>'''Shai:''' Baby I'm yours....</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' Now ever since hip-hop began, there's always been an overlap between it and R&B or soul, or disco or what have you but even so, there was still a pretty clear divide, as opposed to now when it's just the same genre.
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'''Todd:''' That doesn't give me a lot to work with. So instead I want to talk to y'all about the state of R&B in the '90s.<blockquote>''[Videos of Shai - Baby I'm Yours, ''Soul Train ''performance of Kurtis Blow's'' ''The Breaks'', ''New Edition - If It Isn't Love'' and ''Nicki Minaj and Beyonce - Feeling Myself]''</blockquote><blockquote>'''Shai:''' Baby I'm yours....</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' Now ever since hip-hop began, there was always been an overlap between it and R&B or soul, or disco or what have you but even so, there was still a pretty clear divide, as opposed to now when it's just the same genre.
   
 
'''Todd: '''Let's look back at where we were at in 1992.<blockquote>''[Video of Boyz II Men - End of the Road]''</blockquote><blockquote>'''Boyz II Men:''' Although we've come to the end of the road</blockquote><blockquote>Still I can't...</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' Look at that! They're wearing suits! Suits! ''(picture of Boyz II Men at a red carpet event)'' How many times have you seen an Usher or Jason DeRulo wearing a suit?<blockquote>''[Video of Silk - Freak Me]''</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' And it was not just squeaky clean Boyz II Men either. It was the freakier stuff too.<blockquote>''[Videos of Snoop Dogg - What's My Name and Aaliyah - Back and Forth]''</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' But at the same time, gangsta rap was starting to ''really'' take over. And I don't mean it as just as a genre that a certain demographic listen to like country or metal. No it was going ''mainstream''. And around '92, it started creeping into R&B until, by the end of the decade...
 
'''Todd: '''Let's look back at where we were at in 1992.<blockquote>''[Video of Boyz II Men - End of the Road]''</blockquote><blockquote>'''Boyz II Men:''' Although we've come to the end of the road</blockquote><blockquote>Still I can't...</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' Look at that! They're wearing suits! Suits! ''(picture of Boyz II Men at a red carpet event)'' How many times have you seen an Usher or Jason DeRulo wearing a suit?<blockquote>''[Video of Silk - Freak Me]''</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' And it was not just squeaky clean Boyz II Men either. It was the freakier stuff too.<blockquote>''[Videos of Snoop Dogg - What's My Name and Aaliyah - Back and Forth]''</blockquote>'''Todd (VO):''' But at the same time, gangsta rap was starting to ''really'' take over. And I don't mean it as just as a genre that a certain demographic listen to like country or metal. No it was going ''mainstream''. And around '92, it started creeping into R&B until, by the end of the decade...
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