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Anatomy of Hot Song

Sisqo’s “Incomplete” Was Originally Meant For Another Artist

After leading his group Dru Hill to two very successful albums, Sisqo branched off and did his solo thing with his debut “Unleash the Dragon” in 1999. He found great success with his smash “Thong Song”, but his third single…

Musiq Soulchild’s “Halfcrazy” Was Originally Meant For Another Artist

“Halfcrazy” is one of Musiq Soulchild’s most popular hits, but did you know the song was actually meant for Jazz from Dru Hill? The producers Carvin & Ivan tell us the story behind that song and how it eventually ended…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Dwele’s “Find a Way”

We were first introduced to Dwele back in the early 00’s when he was crooning the hook for Slum Village’s hit “Tainted”. In fact, without that opportunity, Dwele felt he wouldn’t be where he is today: “If it wasn’t for…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Eric Benet’s “Real Love”

Eric Benet got off to a great start to his career as an independent artist with the release of his latest single “Real Love”. The single is classic Eric Benet style; exactly the type of music he’s created his whole…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Luke James’ “I Want You”

We had known Luke James from his group Luke and Q a few years back, but he really broke onto the r&b scene as a solo artist fueled by his debut single “I Want You”. In an interview we did…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Rahsaan Patterson’s “Crazy (Baby)” featuring Faith Evans

In an interview we did with Rahsaan Patterson earlier this year, he shared the creation process for his current single “Crazy (Baby)” which features Faith Evans and Shanice: Rahsaan Patterson: It was a fun process to create the song and…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Bridget Kelly’s “Thinking About Forever”

When Bridget Kelly released her single “Thinking About Forever” last year, it was met by a great reaction that followed with covers by many artists popping up over the months. We also saw Frank Ocean, the writer of the song,…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of 702’s “Steelo”

Meelah, the lead singer from 702, shared her memories of the song with us in an interview we did with her back in 2010: Meelah: Can I just say, that is STILL my jam, ok! *Laughs* I love “Steelo,” it’s…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Musiq Soulchild’s “Teach Me”

Musiq Soulchild released “Teach Me” as a single from his 2007 album “Luvanmusiq”, a song that would go on to become one of his most successful. The song was written by fellow Philly native Corey “Latif” Williams and produced by…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Jon B.’s “Only One”

When we sat down with Jon B. when he was in NYC a couple of weeks ago, he shared with us the meaning behind his current single “Only One”. For the true Jon B. fans and music fans alike, this…