Who is Jacquees? Singer Proclaims Himself 'King of R&B,' Sparks Outrage

Jacquees performs onstage during the 2018 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

Singer-songwriter Jacquees caused a stir on Monday when he proclaimed himself as the reigning "king of R&B" in a video he posted online.

"I just wanna let everybody know that I'm the king of R&B right now," Jacquees said. "For this generation, 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. ATL, let's get it. I'm the new king of R&B."

The rapper further clarified his claim by tweeting "inspiration but not part of my generation" when BET included Trey Songz, Usher and R. Kelly as other choices for the "R&B King" discussion.

Inspiration but not apart of my generation https://t.co/aWY6Y0rt7Z

— Que (@Jacquees) December 10, 2018

Naturally, his proclamation drew criticism from many, including Trey Songz himself.


— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) December 10, 2018

too many tweets about the king of r&b without mentioning the gawd pic.twitter.com/9OJwUfn920

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 10, 2018

real kang of r&b tho pic.twitter.com/y4wcYmmThg

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 10, 2018

If you told me to name 5 original Jacquees songs to save my apartment, I'd start packing immediately

— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) December 10, 2018

Jacquees got the TL like ... 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/WKqh7ybxza

— Kirko Bangz (@KirkoBangz) December 10, 2018

Additionally, popular '90s R&B group Boyz II Men hilariously caught some of the heat from Twitter user "@DragonflyJones" when one of his followers shared a tweet from 2015 trashing the group.

Boyz II Men made "I wanted to kiss you so bad 🙈" r&b

— America is musty (@DragonflyJonez) December 10, 2018

In HS this chick lied on my brother & said he took her to a Boyz II Men concert &went on stage and got them to dedicate a song to her & gave her a single rose when get got off stage. I will never forgive her for dragging my family's name thru the mud in such a swaggerless fashion

— America is musty (@DragonflyJonez) December 10, 2018

Singer-songwriter John Legend, who could certainly make an argument for himself, provided a more level-headed response to Jacquees' claim.

"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," Legend tweeted. "Part of me is talking myself into saying Bruno or the Weeknd but I'm not sure they neatly fit into the genre."

In fairness, Jacquees has had a breakout year in 2018 with the critically acclaimed debut studio album, 4275. He also made headlines for spending $100,000 cash on his mother's wedding this past weekend.

However, there are still several others who are likely to have stronger resumés to their credit, despite disappointing album sales.

Usher's A received such an underwhelming reception from fans that there were rumors of him creating a burner Twitter account in order to defend his legacy. Trey Songz released two albums in 2018, but neither saw much commercial success. Last year, Chris Brown released a 57 song album, but didn't seem to take over as much as his past work.

Still, it's a big leap to proclaim yourself the "king" of a genre after just one year on the charts. But if Jacquees' goal was to get himself attention, he was definitely successful.