Warren "Oak" Felder is a Turkish-American songwriter and record producer.
The sound of R&B is difficult to pin down. Since the 1950s, the label has been used both as a genre and as a catch-all for the entirety of black popular music. Soul, funk, disco and even hip-hop have at times been covered by this "R&B" umbrella. On Chance The Rapper's new album, The Big Day, all of these influences come through—and he's not alone. On recent Kehlani records, 90s R&B and 2000s trap both play a role. But both these artists are a far cry from the 50s R&B sounds of Sam Cooke. To understand how R&B has changed over time, we consult with Trevor Anderson, manager of Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop chart. Then we speak with R&B super-producer Oak Felder to understand how R&B is progressing and what it might become.Songs DiscussedChance The Rapper – Hot ShowerChance The Rapper – I Got YouSam Cooke – You Send MeElvis Presley – Crying In the ChapelThe Temptations – I Can’t Get Next To YouMtume – Juicy FruitBiggie – JuicyToni Braxton – Breath AgainJanet Jackson – That’s The Way Love GoesBoys II Men – I’ll Make Love To YouLauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)Diddy – I’ll Be Missing You (feat. Faith Evans & 112)Nelly – DilemmaKehlani – DistractionSWV – WeakAaron Hall – I Miss YouUsher – You Make Me WannaBrandy – Sit-in Up In My RoomDru Hill – In My BedSilk – Freak MeDemi Lovato – Sorry Not SorryJodeci – Cry For youMariah Carey – Vision of LoveKehlani Everything Is YoursChance The Rapper – All Day LongQueen – Fat Bottom GirlsDiana Ross – I’m Coming OutFor an in depth history of R&B on Billboard, read Chris Molanphy's feature on Pitchfork. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The sound of R&B is difficult to pin down. Since the 1950s, the label has been used both as a genre and as a catch-all for the entirety of black popular music. Soul, funk, disco and even hip-hop have at times been covered by this "R&B" umbrella. On Chance The Rapper's new album, The Big Day, all of these influences come through—and he's not alone. On recent Kehlani records, 90s R&B and 2000s trap both play a role. But both these artists are a far cry from the 50s R&B sounds of Sam Cooke. To understand how R&B has changed over time, we consult with Trevor Anderson, manager of Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop chart. Then we speak with R&B super-producer Oak Felder to understand how R&B is progressing and what it might become.Songs DiscussedChance The Rapper – Hot ShowerChance The Rapper – I Got YouSam Cooke – You Send MeElvis Presley – Crying In the ChapelThe Temptations – I Can’t Get Next To YouMtume – Juicy FruitBiggie – JuicyToni Braxton – Breath AgainJanet Jackson – That’s The Way Love GoesBoys II Men – I’ll Make Love To YouLauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)Diddy – I’ll Be Missing You (feat. Faith Evans & 112)Nelly – DilemmaKehlani – DistractionSWV – WeakAaron Hall – I Miss YouUsher – You Make Me WannaBrandy – Sit-in Up In My RoomDru Hill – In My BedSilk – Freak MeDemi Lovato – Sorry Not SorryJodeci – Cry For youMariah Carey – Vision of LoveKehlani Everything Is YoursChance The Rapper – All Day LongQueen – Fat Bottom GirlsDiana Ross – I’m Coming OutFor an in depth history of R&B on Billboard, read Chris Molanphy's feature on Pitchfork. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
His remarkable story wasn’t the result of any long-term plan, but more a tribute to his hard work and creativity. Recent chart-topping hits include Kehlani’s “Distraction”, The Chainsmokers new single “Who Do you Love?” with 5 Seconds Of Summer, and Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” for which he recently won a BMI Award. He has co-written and co-produced breakout hits for Nicki Minaj, K. Michelle and Alessia Cara and worked with stars like Rihanna and Alicia Keys. He has 5 songs on the new Alessia Cara album and co-wrote and produced 8 records on Kehlani’s 'SweetSexySavage’ album. Our guest has celebrated consecutive #1 Billboard Mainstream Top songs with Alessia Cara’s “Here” and “Scars to Your Beautiful”, and two Grammy Awards for his work on Alicia Keys’ ‘Girl on Fire' (Best R&B Album) and Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic' (Best Urban Contemporary Album). And The Writer Is… Oak Felder!This episode is sponsored by SONOS and BMI.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Music producer Oak Felder joins Randy to talk about working with artists like Selena Gomez and Alessia Cara, today’s artists having a platform to do anything, getting his degree in working with artificial intelligence, and getting into the music industry by accident. Plus, his recent American Music Award for Moana.
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Creator Details

Location
Los Angeles, California, USA
Episode Count
4
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
3 hours, 43 minutes