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R & B crooner 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.
Jacquees, real name Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax, hopped on Instagram Sunday to share a message with his more than 3.5 million 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,” the Decatur native said in a short Instagram video. “Jacquees the king of R & B. 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.
Jacquees is supposed to feel like he's the King of R&B, but Chris Brown...— Hollywood (@ScottHuego) December 10, 2018
1. Still isn’t 30
2. Hasn’t missed Billboard in 13 years
3. Just went 2x platinum on a barely marketed album
4. Had a worldwide top 5 streamed album of 2018 without releasing one
We gotta deal in facts
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
Y’all really got Jacquees out here thinking he the king of r&b😩 pic.twitter.com/EwIQMi4ayL— Teshayla🍭 (@Masterr_Tee) 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
nah, jacquees, you forgot about The Weeknd, Daniel Caesar and Frank Ocean— pretty rainner jodye (@imblond3d) December 10, 2018
We got...— ASimóne☥ (@_AffBeLikeee) December 10, 2018
& Jacquees REALLLLY thinks HE’S the KING of R&B?! Boy 😒
I still blame y'all for the debacle over Trip. Folks were really on this social media platform slandering Grammy-nominated Ella Mai over...Jacquees... 🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/5hEn6xgJ39— Trey Mangum (@treymangum) 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