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RnBass (also spelled as R&Bass, shortening of rhythm and bass)[1] is a music genre that fuses contemporary R&B music with hip hop production style or music genre, known as ratchet music,[2][3] coined by DJ Mustard.[4]


Described by Vibe magazine as a breath of fresh air for the R&B genre, RnBass consists of tonal singing, melodic harmonies, along with heavy 808's bass elements.[5] There are also notable elements of EDM, with influences of 1990s–2000s music, as well as hyphy.[6][7] Coined by Bay Area producer J Maine,[8] the RnBass musical style has garnered critical attention since the early-to-mid 2010s and has been popularized with urban audiences across America by Los Angeles producer DJ Mustard, by mixing pop music elements of ratchet with turn-up lyrics.[2] Despite originating in the West Coast, namely the Bay Area, RnBass producers and artists across the globe continue to develop R&B with the modern RnBass genre.


YouTube producers like Starra and Skylark Beats have been heavily pushing the genre online with their various remixes, tutorials and RnBass instrumentals. Also, its cross-genre influence has spread into the mainstream.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Stories, Local. "Meet Jarred 'J Maine' Gazarian of RnBass in North Hollywood - Voyage LA Magazine". voyagela.com. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  2. ^ a b Turner, David (October 14, 2014). "Can I Take You to the Bay with Me?: An Intro to RnBass". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 Dec 2021.
  3. ^ Ugwu, Reggie (2014-02-14). "DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  4. ^ Ketchum III, William (2012-07-19). "Producer's Corner: DJ Mustard Explains The Ratchet Movement, The Weirdest Place He's Heard "Rack City"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  5. ^ Robinson, Jhaton (May 16, 2014). "Producer J Maine Says He Wants To Change The Future Of R&B". Vibe. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Local 'R&Bass' Singer, Molia, Dropping New EP". activate.metroactive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  7. ^ Aisa - Notice Feat. Mickey Shiloh, retrieved 2017-02-14
  8. ^ Arnaud, Jourdan (2018-07-03). "Q&A with RnBass Creator J Maine and Independent Artist Maurice Moore". The Los Angeles Film School. Retrieved 2020-06-28.