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Anatomy of Hot Song

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Chris Brown’s “Aint No Way”

There was little doubt that Chris Brown was destined for super stardom after the release of his self titled debut album in 2006. Not only did the album go multiple times platinum, but the list of writers and producers attached…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Vivian Green’s “What is Love?”

When Vivian Green released her debut album “A Love Story” in 2002, “Emotional Rollercoaster” became an immediate smash and is one of her biggest hits to date. Although it doesn’t get as much shine on a major scale, the beautiful…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Karina Pasian’s “Slow Motion”

Karina’s debut album went under the radar to a lot of listeners, but the quality of the music was recognized by music experts as the CD was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Of course “16 @…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Ciara’s “Goodies”

Around 2003/2004 we saw the birth of the genre “Crunk&B” thanks to the mega success of “Yeah!” by Usher along with this track, which introduced the world to a young Ciara who is now known all over the world. The…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Ledisi’s “Pieces of Me”

2011 was a coming out party of sorts for Ledisi. Building on the success she experienced with her previous album “Turn Me Loose”, she progressed further into the mainstream by not only releasing possibly her best album to date, but…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Eric Benet’s “Georgy Porgy” feat Faith Evans

One thing I was very impressed with about Eric Benet’s last album “Lost in Time” was the number of great duets he included on there in a time when duets in r&b are scarce. Of course, Eric is known for…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Pleasure P’s “Under”

After being in Pretty Ricky for a minute, we saw Pleasure P come out with his own album in 2009. With the aid of songs like “Under”, Pleasure P was able to make the succesful transition from being in a…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Teedra Moses’ “Caution”

In the years since the release of Teedra Moses’ debut “Complex Simplicity” in 2004, the album has garnered a cult following of sorts in underground r&b. It seems everyone who has heard the album has loved it yet it never…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here”

Deborah Cox’s most successful single to date, “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” released back in 1998 on her sophomore album “One Wish”. The song was created by the team of Montell Jordan and Shep Crawford, a duo who would go…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Mariah Carey’s “Breakdown” featuring Bone Thugs N’ Harmony

When Mariah released the song “Breakdown” from her 1997 album “Honey”, it marked a very clear transition from the adult contemporary arena where she had success for so many years, into the hip-hop genre where she had yet to venture…