Obviously he doesn't qualify for being "classic" yet, but I'm on an Akon spree on Youtube and thinking about it, he has to be without a doubt one of the most successful RnB artists of all time. This man was a hit MACHINE. Just reading this excerpt from his Wiki page is incredible.
This man owned 04-08.
Horrible singer, horrible songs, horrible voice, horrible hooks. There are a lot of artists who I don't like, but I can at least understand why they are/were popular. I have zero idea how Akon became popular. I'm glad that phase ended.