Without a doubt, singer/songwriter/dancer/actor Usher Raymond, better known as just Usher, has already accomplished enough to make him a legend in the r&b game, and with acquisitions of artists such as Justin Bieber, his impact on the genre is one that will last for years. Despite only being 36-years, Usher has amassed a number of hits and musical and film accolades, often reserved for someone twice his age.
For this author, it was Usher’s third studio album “8701”, which defined my life in 2001. The album released on Arista records, was a work of art with production from some of urban music’s premier producers including The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, Mike City, Bryan Michael Cox, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, which provided a platform for a voice that was in its prime.
The album produced two Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, “U Remind Me” and “U Got it Bad”, with stayed on top for weeks. However, the track from the album that impacted me the most was “U Don’t Have to Call”, that showcased Usher’s I don’t give a shit right now attitude, an articulation of a state of mind many man feel but rarely express it as eloquently. I always go back to this song when I need to shake things off and require a boost of get up go.
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