Al B. Sure!
The New Jack Swing movement of the 1980s provided a pleasing middle ground between traditional R&B and the relatively new world of hip-hop. Singer Al B. Sure! (the nervy exclamation point belying his smooth, silky delivery) hovered closer to the trad soul end of things, but also benefitted from the bright production values of the day. After a few charting hits ("Nite and Day"), Sure! focused more on his career as a producer for Motown artists. He has also worked as a popular radio DJ, and still releases the occasional solo outing.