However history remembers PBR&B
— that woozy strain of cool-kid R&B typified by artists like The Weeknd, Miguel, and How to Dress Well — it's served at least one important purpose: broadening the scope of '90s musical nostalgia.
The conversation used to center on grunge and gangsta rap, with Kurt Cobain, Tupac, and Biggie Smalls getting all the love. Now, with the rise of this hazy-sexy-cool music, a fresh crop of old-school artists — many of them female — are finally getting their due. Chief among them is the late, great Aaliyah, whose legend has grown exponentially in the 14 years since her death, and she's not the only one benefiting from overdue reassessments.