Emmanuel Camacho // REVOLT
Claiming one's place in the game doesn't come without being challenged, as R&B singer and relative newcomer Jacquees is learning firsthand.
Over the weekend, the singer filmed a video during which he confidently asserted that he is the "King of R&B," a title that many are arguing the 24-year-old has far from earned at this stage in his career.
"I just want to let everybody know that I'm the king of R&B right now...for this generation," he says in the viral clip. "I understand who done came and who done did that, and that and that. But, now it's my turn. Jacquees, the king of R&B. I just heard 'em said and I feel it. ATL, let's get it. I'm the king of R&B."
Tank, for one, was quick to shut the singer down, laying out his own interpretation of what the "King of R&B" should have accomplished before using such a phrase. A similar debate erupted when rapper 6ix9ine claimed himself to be the "King of New York," and now it appears to be R&B's turn.
"First R. Kelly is the King of R&B," Tank wrote. "The accusations don't disqualify what he's accomplished! Second, if you can't go in the studio BY YOURSELF and make a hit record, you're not my king! If you can't sing it better live, you're not my king!"
Others such as Tyrese, Eric Bellinger, Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign-- to name a few -- have also weighed in on the matter with many cracking jokes and nominating their own contenders for the coveted claim. From the memes claiming who is actually the "King of R&B" to the unapologetic roasting of Jacquees, this debate is definitely heating up and making for an interesting start to the week.
Take a look at Jacquees' comments, as well as see how others are weighing in, below.
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Every artist is supposed to believe they can fly but only one man made it happen. @rkelly body of work is still bible. I love ALL of the artist out now and some are having amazing success but to be the King you have to beat the King and his stats still stand. Imagine if “I Believe I Can Fly” had streaming when it dropped..geesh!!! I’ll let you guys focus on kings and queens.. I’ll stay focused on being around for another 20yrs! #Elevation #RnBMoney #TheGeneral
🤣— Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) December 10, 2018
J Holiday is not happy with Jacquees calling himself the King of R&B. pic.twitter.com/XyuWVRcmQ3— The Cypher Podcast (@TheCypherPod) December 10, 2018
beyoncé is the king of rnb— Kehlani (@Kehlani) December 10, 2018
too many tweets about the king of r&b without mentioning the gawd pic.twitter.com/9OJwUfn920— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 10, 2018
the heated debate on my timeline is who is the current king of r&b. It’s a doozy of a thread and hilarious. but it leaves me asking what kind of music does john make? his he left out of this? (jokes welcome, of course)— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 10, 2018
All the real contenders for "King of R&B" are far too problematic for me to cape for so I'll just be spectating on this one. pic.twitter.com/uNbUmiUYXy— Y’all Won (@SylviaObell) December 10, 2018
I have not seen Usher Raymond’s name in the king of R&B talk and that’s sad because I’ve seen Ed Sheeran’s— Quinta. (@quintabrunson) December 10, 2018
The real king of R&B pic.twitter.com/t2kqaALd3y— Juan S. Robles 🇩🇴 (@J_S_Robles) December 10, 2018
Jacquees said he’s the King of R&B. That shit better stand for Raisin and Bran, the fuck outta here— Richie Loco (@Richie_l0c0) December 10, 2018
R. Kelly was the king of R&B in the 90s.— FKA Brandon. (@Tacky_Nerd) December 10, 2018
Usher was the king of R&B in the 00s.
Chris Brown is the current king of R&B. pic.twitter.com/WrTx64xJl5