Women and R&B have gone hand in hand since the inception of the genre. R&B has gone through many phases, starting with the blues, then soul music, and finally mainstream R&B; most popular in the 90’s. Things have definitely changed since then, and in many ways for the better (shout out to Anderson .Paak.)
There is definitely a lack of positivity in the genre, considering the widespread trend of objectifying women and calling it a “love song.” When I hear an R&B artist put out a project speaking on personal insecurities, heartache, and adoration of women; this is when I pay attention. I’ve finally found all of this in Josh Water’s 1.4.3.
The 7 songs are focused on Josh’s gorgeous voice. There is no manipulation, distortion or autotune; just pure singing prowess. Josh chooses soulful production, often from ZThePro. There are records for every occasion, my favorite coming from Cater, an ode to a lover. Be sure to check out Perspective, a wonderful self reflective record which happens to include one of the two best instrumentals on the project. Smoke DZA makes a solid appearance, and the production from Big K.R.I.T. on Art Of War comes in at just the right time.