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Okay guys.

The soldier I've been writing to in Iraq has asked for an "R&B CD" for Christmas. Nothing more specific. I may get a letter back from him with clarification, but I don't want to wait too long. Unfortunately, I know nothing about that genre of music. So I was wondering... does anyone have any recommendations? Or knowledge about what's popular?
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Um... Are we talking complications?

Not sure what they have in the US, but anything along the lines of Usher, 50 Cent, Ashanti, Kelis, Sean Paul, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Fatman Scoop, Jamelia or Outkast would work.
Okay, that should have read "compilations" and NOT "complications"!?!

Freudian slip...? Doh!
What Schrodinga said. Also: Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jojo, Queen Latifa (when she sings), Ray Charles (for old school R&B), the Fugees...
If he's specifically saying R&B and not hip-hop (the distinction between the two seems to blur more by the day, but the overlap zone is more commonly referred to as hip-hop), I'd skip 50Cent, but most of the others already listed should fit the bill.

Actually, my recommendation would be to ask a record store clerk who in that genre is good and not as well-known. Or else, whatever's brand-spankin'-new, thus reducing the chance that he already has it with him. I don't imagine he has too many with him, but what he does have is likely to be the top stuff. So if you avoid that, you run less risk of duplicating.
my recommendation would be to ask a record store clerk who in that genre is good and not as well-known

That's true... although I was hoping to do it all through amazon or some place online. I hate music stores ;) plus I'd be able to save on shipping.
I was hoping to do it all through amazon or some place online. I hate music stores ;)

Understandable. Doesn't Amazon let you browse by genre? You could pick some albums at random and read the reviews, and follow the "also bought" links too.