I conducted this research by finding text and scholarly articles that discussed Anita Baker’s background information and her contribution to music during her era. I researched her as both a mentor and influence to artists succeeding her. My goal was to find direct links in how Anita Baker changed the direction of Black Music. In that research, I was able to come to Jill Scott, and began to conduct research on her as well. In addition to her background information, I wanted to find the genre Scott identified with and how Anita Baker specifically influenced that genre.