Neo Soul Kings - The counter parts to Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India Arie, Zhane' of the Neo Soul movement ... Heavily based in soul music, neo soul is distinguished by a less conventional sound than its contemporary R&B counterpart, with incorporated elements ranging from jazz, funk, and hip hop to pop, fusion, and African music. It has been noted by music writers for its traditional R&B influences, conscious-driven lyrics, and strong female presence.
The Neo Soul Movement was developed during the 1980s and early 1990s, in the United States and United Kingdom, as a soul revival movement. It earned mainstream success during the 1990s, with the commercial and critical breakthroughs of several artists, including D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, India Arie, Rahsaan Patterson, Bilal and Donnie their music was marketed as an alternative to the producer-driven, digitally approached R&B of the time.
Since its initial mainstream popularity and impact on the sound of contemporary R&B, neo soul has been expanded and diversified musically through the works of both African-American and international artists. Its mainstream presence declined during the 2000s, although newer artists emerged through more independent means of marketing their music. The various incarnations of Neo Soul artist has helped to redefine the boundaries and contours of black pop. Some say that soul music is a dying breed, but I tend to differ.