R&B singer Jacquees has had a year full of buzz -- from his unauthorized but popular remake of Ella Mai’s “Trip” to the release of his debut album “4275.” Though he has attracted a legion of fans, some R&B music lovers have knocked the 24-year-old down a peg after his boastful comments on Instagram over the weekend.
The Shade Room reported that Jacquees, whose real name Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax, shared a message with his Instagram followers about his dominance of the R&B genre, especially for the folks in “this generation.”
“I just want to let everybody know that I’m the king of R&B right now -- for this generation,” he said in the Sunday post. “I understand who done came and who done did that and that and that, but now it’s my time. Jacquees the king of R&B. I just heard them say it and I been feeling like that.”
The 24-year-old has not made it to the Billboard chart’s top 40 in 2018, but his 2016 single “B.E.D.” spent seven weeks on the charts, peaking at No. 30 on the R&B and hip-hop charts. His most notable song this year has been a remix of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” but the team behind Ella Mai ripped the track from Soundcloud, reportedly due to the singer-songwriter publishing an unauthorized version of the song.
Jacquees’ sentiment on his R&B royalty status was not well-received for the most part on social media Monday, with many pointing out the singer had little evidence of his dominance, especially when compared to singers like Chris Brown.
Y’all got overly hype about the Trip remix and now Jacquees thinks he’s the king of R&B? pic.twitter.com/AsQ2M7nAQm— Toni (@callmetonton) December 10, 2018
How is Jacquees the king of R&B and he don't even got an original hit song. pic.twitter.com/WQotbHNIAZ— Gretchen Wiener (@luckyleffty) December 10, 2018
It wasn’t just music fans who took issue with the singer’s declaration. Actor and singer Tyrese also chimed in. On Instagram Monday, Tyrese called Jacquees out for “trolling” social media users. He cited Chris Brown and Trey Songz as current contenders for the “king” title.
Though the reception was mainly negative, Jacquees’ comments did get support from those who applauded his confidence.
How jacquees feels about himself is how all of you should feel about yourselves in whatever field you’re in. Leave that man alone. He said what he said.— Diamond (@djdjdime) December 10, 2018