Before Usher was USHER, this was the first single off his self-titled 1994 debut and introduced the R&B world to a then-15 year old Mr. Raymond. The song and video received weren’t received too well due to the underlying sexual content and thus the single tanked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #59. However, he scored his first R&B/Hip-Hop Top 20 hit at #13. Not one to be deterred, he came back strong after his first album flopped with 1997’s My Way and the rest, they say, is history.
I’ve always felt that Usher’s longevity in the game has been overlooked. Sure, he’s had his ups and downs but he’s been around for 20 years and throughout this lengthy period of time, he’s given us numerous hits, classic albums and has established himself as one of the top performers of his generation.
*Note how the haircut he’s rocking in this video is sorta similar to the faux hawk he sports sometimes.