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Anatomy of Hot Song

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Tamia’s “Stranger in my House”

Perhaps Tamia’s most successful and recognizable ballad to date, “Stranger in My House” was recorded for her sophomore album “A Nu Day” back in 2000. The song would mark the first time she collaborated with writer Shep Crawford, who would…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Playa’s “If U Scared, Say U Scared”

Though this song was never actually recorded in the studio by Playa, it has become a phenomenon amongst music fans. Not only does it showcase the true talents of Playa, but the song was also sampled by Drake on the…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Joe’s “I Wanna Know”

When you think of Joe’s music, undoubtedly one of the first songs that should come to mind is his biggest hit to date, “I Wanna Know”. But did you know the song almost didn’t get released? We know that the…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Monica’s “Superman”

2010 saw the comeback of Monica to the music scene. Her album “Still Standing” was well received by both fans and critics, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Though the song “Superman” was not a…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Carl Thomas’ “I Wish”

Perhaps the defining moment of Carl Thomas’ career so far came with the first single from his debut album, “I Wish”. The emotionally charged Mike City produced track was an immediate hit and went straight to number one on the…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Truth Hurts “Addictive”

When we talk about innovative songs, one of the first songs that should come to mind is “Addictive”. From the song’s infectious beat (DJ Quik) to its catchy lyrics (Static) and powerful vocals (Truth Hurts), there aren’t too many songs…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Pretty Ricky’s “On The Hotline”

From 2005 to 2007, Pretty Ricky was all over the radio with their overly explicit lyrics and catchy hooks. The group took the music industry by their storm with their first album “Bluestars”, which had the huge singles “Grind On…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Tweet’s “Cab Ride”

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/774.mp3] If you’ve had a chance to check out the late 70’s/early 80’s sitcom “Taxi” (starring Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd), then the sample used throughout Tweet’s “Cab Ride” should be immediately recognizable. In fact, the song, which was…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Tyrese’s “How You Gonna Act Like That”

By his third album “I Wanna Go There” in 2002, Tyrese was already well on his way to becoming the movie star he is today, appearing in “Baby Boy” the previous year. For this album, he worked with The Underdogs…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Jon B.’s “R U Still Down” featuring 2Pac

To fans of r&b music in the 90’s, there’s no doubt that Jon B.’s album “Cool Relax” is considered a classic. The album was memorable for his biggest hit, “They Don’t Know”, but also for his collaboration with 2Pac on…