Mario has claimed the title of "King of R&B" for himself in terms of pure skill, rather than popularity or the volume of one's catalogue.
He feels that, ultimately, in terms of who possesses the most overall skill, he should be considered the real "King of R&B."
It’s been over a year since singer Jacquees made the brow-raising claim of “King of R&B,” and the aftershocks are still rippling through.
Mario has now become the latest singer to lay claim to the throne, though he does have quite a few caveats. While doing an interview with WGCI Chicago on Instagram Live on Tuesday (April 28), Mario said if you’re talking straight skill, he’s your guy.
“If we really talking about just straight, pure skill…” Mario began. “We not talking about relevance, we not talking about who puts out 100 songs a year – we talking about, ‘Nigga give me a mic, you get a mic.’ If we just talking about that, there’s nobody fucking with me. I promise you. On everything, I put that on my grave.”
He later added he just has “too much flavor.”
While Mario certainly has some classics in the bag, his claim to “King” is definitely going to be contested.
Bobby Brown has also laid claim to the title since Jacquees’ original comments, but that feels slightly more appropriate. However, per Bobby, Mario’s going to have to jump in the ring if he wants the crown.
“They want the title, they have to battle me,” Bobby told TMZ in 2018. “That’s If you want the title, you have to battle me. I didn’t really want to talk about it, but I’ve been seeing it on Instagram and social media and to me, it’s like, you want the title, battle me. Live on stage. Me vs. anybody. It doesn’t matter who it is.”
It's time for VERZUZ or nah? Someone get Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on the phone.
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