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    Yemi Marie

    For the most part, Yemi Marie makes modern soul music in a Mary J. Blige mold. But her first foray into bop music is more than enough to earn her a spot on this list. “Love Bop” is both an excellent song and a strong indicator of bop music’s crossover potential. Quick footed verses slip into a dreamy chorus as the song reaches for the clouds before plummeting back down to the dance floor as DLow issues dance commands before seamlessly heading back into Marie’s effortless verses. “Love Bop”s rise/fall dynamics are addictive and feel natural, if the song was given the proper push it isn’t hard imagining finding a footing on R&B radio stations.