The Best R&B Debut Albums of All TimePublished by Rondell Conway on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm.
The Best R&B Debut Albums of All Time
As they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Frank Ocean certainly didn’t squander that one-time opportunity. His incredible studio debut, Channel Orange, which hit stores today (July 17), is already being called one of the best R&B albums in years. In honor of Ocean’s gem, BET.com takes a look at the best soul-music debuts of all time — albums that introduced greats, moved crowds and launched legacies. —Alex Gale
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Though one could argue his 2011 “mixtape,” Nostalgia, Ultra, was his true first album, Ocean’s incredible studio debut, Channel Orange, not only inspired this list, but it’s a worthy inclusion. With songs like “Thinkin Bout You” and “Pyramids,” it’s already safe to say that Frank’s one of the best, most introspective, most innovative soul-music lyricists in years.
Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
After propelling the Fugees to diamond-selling heights in 1996, Lauryn Hill effortlessly transitioned from great rapper to amazing singer with her debut two years later, dominating the charts and the Grammys without compromising her polished neo-soul vision one bit.
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