Maybe it’s because I’m too old or was taking a nap during most of 2018, but when I saw that someone named Jacquees was trending on Twitter, I had to do some serious sleuthing.
And what I learned was that this 24-year-old, who’s signed to Cash Money, took to social media over the weekend to let everyone know that—despite having NO number one singles on the Billboard R&B charts, only two studio albums under his belt and a knack for remixing other people’s hits —he truly believes that he is the “King of R&B.”
“I just want to let everybody know that I’m the king of R&B right now…for this generation,” Jacquees declared.
Adding, “I understand who done came and who done did that and that and that but now it’s my turn. Jacquees, the king of R&B. I just heard em said and I feel it. ATL, let’s get it. I’m the king of R&B.”
Sigh…Can you imagine having this level of confidence and delusion?
Well, this declaration got folks on Twitter, including John Legend, Tank and Tyrese,HOT about not only wondering who is Jacquees, but the audacity of it all and who actually deserves to rock the R&B crown.
Here are our favorite Black Twitter takes on this hilarious issue:
Honestly I don't think there is a king of r&b right now. Anyone consistently dominating the charts, selling out arenas, etc, a la Usher at his prime. Not a comment on quality. I think the throne is open right now.— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 10, 2018
beyoncé is the king of rnb— Kehlani (@Kehlani) December 10, 2018
Jacquees ain’t even the R&B Employee of the Month, what the hell made him think he was the King of a generation? 😂— Jake Tapper Stan Account (@keenlykeena) December 10, 2018
While Jacquees is lying in yodel, I would thank you all to stop bringing up R. Kelly in the king of r&b conversation. Only thing he need to be king of is a jail cell. pic.twitter.com/O7ke6pDyci— Megan thee Stallion Supremacy (@foreverimbetter) December 10, 2018
The Kings of R&B are all dead and gone and have not been replaced, and won't be anytime soon.— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) December 10, 2018
RIP Luther Vandross and Otis Redding.
That's that on THAT.
Jacquees- “I just want to let everybody know that I’m the King of RnB right now”— Special Girl, Real Good Girl (@MsNicoleBanks) December 10, 2018
The ACTUAL Kings of RnB: pic.twitter.com/DF4tiaOEfS
I blame y’all. Y’all gassed up Jacquees’ version of Trip and now this man thinks he invented music— Tiffany (@tleighmedia) December 10, 2018
Jacquees said he’s the King of R&B. That shit better stand for Raisin and Bran, the fuck outta here— Richard Nevels 🏁 (@Richie_l0c0) December 10, 2018
Jacquees: I’m the king of R&B Everybody: pic.twitter.com/url7sPYzYJ— $mokey $uave (@7figureSmokey) December 10, 2018
Y’all are talking about Chris Brown Jacquees & Trey Songz being the king of R&B. That era is washed.— Telfar Bae aka Ronnie 🌹 (@9inewaves) December 10, 2018
That’s just men ALONE
Bow Wow stood next to Jacquees and co signed like that alone doesn’t kill his entire argument.— LookAtDustin (@LookAtDustin) December 10, 2018
Jacquees even got J. Holiday coming out the cut like nigga go to bed.. you haven’t made a hit since 2007— tt (@ayalatalayaa) 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— Jam From The 5th (@luckyleffty) December 10, 2018
Current Kings of R&B:— 🌺B🌺 (@biansayyy) December 10, 2018
• Chris Brown
• Trey Songz
• R Kelly
• Bruno Mars
Jacquees gets one hit and forgets his place 🙄
Jacquees yodeling ass knows he isn’t the king of rb he said it for shits and giggles 🙄— WeStillAtBellaNoches (@AFifthofUs) December 10, 2018
Diddy gotta organize a “King of R&B” Making The Band style sing-off and all the contestants gotta wear durags under fitted caps to be considered— love yo self. (@MichellCClark) December 10, 2018
King of R&B debate got the TL in shambles pic.twitter.com/cvmJZoWG9l— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) December 10, 2018
All the real contenders for "King of R&B" are far too problematic for me to cape for so I'll just be spectating on this one. pic.twitter.com/uNbUmiUYXy— Sylvia (@SylviaObell) December 10, 2018
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
I’m ignoring this whole entire King of R&B conversation.— Naima Cochrane (@naima) December 10, 2018
Somebody said Tank?? Tank?!?! pic.twitter.com/Nkj7eVNZQg
Chris Brown is the King of R&B for our generation. Conversation over.— Baker (@BuzyBakerr) December 10, 2018
Okay, who died & made Jacquees the king of R&B? pic.twitter.com/WozsOZvCND— Je.Todd (@jetoddd) December 9, 2018
Just so we’re clear... the REAL king of R&B was no one born in the 90s or later. That is all. pic.twitter.com/syXkH0IXl2— 𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕄𝔸𝕋𝕋𝕕𝕠𝕟𝕟𝕒™️ (@muh_tay_ohh) December 10, 2018
Jacquees said he’s the king of R&B. pic.twitter.com/Vz7TglxWgv— Coach Shelbeaux (3-0) (@CoachShelbo) December 9, 2018
The last of the R&B kings still living is Al Green, outside of that they’re all gone already.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) December 10, 2018