Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Yeah!; Usher

Aw, leave the rockabilly song behind... Today I wanna shake it!


“Yeah!” is the only song in the Usher’s forth studio album “Confessions” that was released as a single. As a single it became #1 in several charts around the world. Billboard Hot 100, UK Singles Chart, Dutch Top 40, French, German, Canadian Single Charts were a few example of its success. Usher was, with this song, the most successful artist of 2004, peaking #1 on Billboard Hot 100 during twelve weeks. According New Yorker, “‘Confessions’, which has sold nine and a half million copies, may turn out to have been the last true blockbuster in pop music. Since 2000, only five albums have sold more copies.

Still citing New Yorker, “its first single, ‘Yeah!,’ was an uncomplicated song about flirting with girls in a night club; it left plenty of air-conditioned space for Usher to coo and for the producer Lil Jon to bark the interjections (‘O.K.!,’ ‘Yeah!’) that earned him a parody on ‘Chappelle’s Show.’ The lyrics were delivered like flashes of light: brief, anxious, and exciting, and perfectly suited to a voice that is long on control and short on texture. Texture, and a welcome dose of humor, came from the rapper Ludacris, who turned ‘birthday suit’— slang your grandmother could use — into a filthy hoot. To stay at No. 1 for twelve weeks, as ‘Yeah!’ did, you must sound salacious but not dirty, and keep it simple enough to lure out the non-dancers, who can latch on to a phrase or word that they already know: yeah!

About the music video, directed by Little X, you can read here an amazing interview by with its director himself.

About the whistles, they are beating slow on the chorus while Usher sings in the background.

A Town's Down!

[Lil' Jon:]
Yeah, Ok! Lil' Jon!

Yeah, Yeah Yeah, Yeah yeah, Yeaah
Yeah, Yeah yeah, Yeah yeah, Yeaah

[Usher (Verse 1):]
I'm in the club with my homies, tryna get a lil V-I,
keep it down on the low key, cause you know how it feels.
I said shorty she was checkin up on me,
from the game she was spittin my ear you'd think that she knew me.
So we decided to chill

Conversation got heavy,
she had me feelin like she's ready to blow!
(Watch Out!, Watch Out!)
She saying come get me, come get me,
So I got up and followed her to the floor,
she said baby lets go,
When I told her I said

[Usher (Chorus):]
Yeah (yeah) Shorty got down to come and get me
Yeah (yeah) I got so caught up I forgot she told me
Yeah (yeah) Cause if my girl new it'd be best to hold me
Yeah (yeah) Next thing I knew she was all up on me screaming:

Yeah, Yeah yeah, Yeah yeah, Yeaah
Yeah, Yeah yeah, Yeah yeah, Yeaah

[Usher (Verse 2):]
Shes all up in my head now,
got me thinking that it might good idea to take her with me,
Cause she's ready to leave.
Now I gotta keep it real now,
cause on a one-to-ten she's a certified twenty,
and that just aint me.

Cause I do know if I take that chance just where is it gonna lead,
But what I do know is the way she dance makes shorty alright with me.
The way she getting low!
I'm like yeah, just work that out for me.
She asked for one more dance and I'm
Like yeah, how the hell am I supposed to leave?
And I said


[Lil' Jon:]

[Ludacris (Verse 3):]
Watch out!
My outfit's ridiculous, In the club lookin' so conspicuous.
And Rowl! These women al on the prowl,
if you hold the head steady I'm a milk the cow.
Forget about the game I'm a spit the truth,
I won't stop till I get em in they birthday suits.
So gimmie the rhythm and it'll be off with they clothes,
then bend over to the front and touch your toes.
I left the jag and I took the roles,
if they aint cutting then I put em on foot patrol.
How you like me now,
when my pinky's valued over three hundred thousand,
Lets drank you the one to please,
Ludacris fill cups like double d's.
Me and Usher once more and we leave em dead,
We want a lady in the street but a freak in the bed to say


[Ludacris (Bridge):]
Take that and rewind it back,
Lil' Jon got the rhythm make ya booty go (clap)
Take that and rewind it back,
Usher got the voice make ya booty go (clap)
Take that and rewind it back,
Ludacris got the flow make ya booty go (clap)
Take that and rewind it back,
Lil' Jon got the rhythm make ya booty go (clap)

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