Category:Songs written by Makeba Riddick
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The following 25 pages are in this category, out of 25 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 25 pages are in this category, out of 25 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. About a Girl (Sugababes song) – About a Girl is a song by English girl group Sugababes from their seventh studio album, Sweet 7. RedOne produced the song and wrote it in collaboration with Makeba Riddick and it is an uptempo Europop and house song with a dance-inspired middle eight. The song was released on 8 November 2009 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, about a Girl is the first single to feature vocals by band member Jade Ewen, following the departure of Keisha Buchanan in September 2009. Critical response to the song was mixed, some critics praised it as a standout track from Sweet 7, although other criticised it as unoriginal and generic. The song peaked at eight on the UK Singles Chart, number four on the Scottish Singles Chart. It additionally charted in Poland and Slovakia, the music video for the song was filmed in September 2009 amid the groups controversial line-up change. It was directed by Martin Weisz and filmed at Vasquez Rocks, the video has a Kill Bill theme, and features stunt doubles fighting businessmen in a caravan. The Sugababes performed the song on GMTV, at Children in Need, the Sugababes travelled to the United States in April 2009, to commence work on their seventh studio album, Sweet 7. They signed a contract with Jay-Zs label, Roc Nation, resulting in collaborations with high-profile producers, in late April 2009, the Sugababes revealed that they were working with Nadir Khayat, known by his stage name RedOne, on two songs. About a Girl was written and produced by RedOne, who wrote the song in collaboration with Makeba Riddick, the song was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles, California. It was mixed by Robert Orton, about a Girl is an uptempo Europop and house song. NMEs Alex Denney described it as a slice of future-house, the song contains club synthesizers and a middle eight with a 90s dance-inspired feel. Nick Levine of Digital Spy noted that it is a departure from the groups previous sounds, the lyrical content makes references to Louboutins and apple pie, the latter of which is sung by group member Amelle Berrabah during the bridge in a gravelly style. According to Fraser McAlphine from BBC, About a Girl rivals Get Sexy in terms of the noise levels. In August 2009, About a Girl was confirmed for release as the single from Sweet 7. The first version of the song, featuring Buchanans vocals, premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 6 September 2009, during the single release interval between Get Sexy and About a Girl, Buchanan controversially left the group. As a result of the group line-up change, About a Girl was re-recorded to feature the vocals of new member Jade Ewen in replacement of former member Buchanans. The new version of the song was released as a download on 8 November 2009
2. Acapella (Kelis song) – Acapella is a song performed by American recording artist Kelis, taken from her fifth studio album Flesh Tone. The song is a departure from her past singles in that it is a track rather than hip hop/R&B influenced. The song was first premiered on her Twitter page and her website in November. The songs co-writer Makeba Riddick revealed that the song had previously been called Majestic, Kelis stated that she wrote the song with love and life in my mind and as a tribute to her son, Knight. It has received reviews from critics many of whom praise the song for its inspirational lyrics. The song was listed at #20 on the NMEs best tracks of 2010, the single has so far received universally positive reviews. About. coms Dance Music section reviewed the track favorably, calling the song majestic, entertainment Weekly called the song a feathery dance-floor delight and placed the song on its The MustList for 2010 whilst Billboard magazine added the song to its 2010s Best Bits listing. NME magazine also loved the song calling it the most thrilling tune since Milkshake whilst Heat said the banger deserves four stars, nick Levine of Digital Spy was more than impressed by the song. He said Will. i. ams been a busy boy lately and we say this because Acapella is quite possibly the most sublime slice of club pop well hear all year. Kelis delivers a heartfelt tribute to her son, Knight. Before you my life was acapella, she gushes on the near-hymnal chorus. The result is so uplifting, so full of energy and emotion, melody has been launched from a throat of pure devotion, and is borne aloft by a host of angelic harmonies. Acapella is Keliss third solo U. S. dance chart-topper and first since 2003s Milkshake and it remained at number one for one week, but the single did fail to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. On 15 April 2010, Acapella debuted on the Irish Singles Chart at number 30, on its third week in the chart, the single rose a further 6 places to its current peak of 22. By the fifth week the single rose to number 17 on the Irish music charts breaking into the top 20, in the United Kingdom, the song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number five making it the singers sixth top-five hit and ninth top-ten hit on the chart. In its second week it fell to seven, however on the UK Dance Chart it went to number one for two consecutive weeks. In Germany, its her most successful single since Trick Me from the year 2004, the clip was filmed in the first week of March 2010, led by a British team consisting of portrait and fashion photographer John Rankin Waddell and musical director Chris Cottam. It was released to the singers official Vevo account on March 29,2010, an Making video was made April 29,2010
3. All I Have (song) – All I Have is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez, featuring American rapper LL Cool J. Then. All I Have samples Very Special by Debra Laws, who filed a lawsuit in 2003 against Sony Music Entertainment for misappropriating her voice in the song. The song is a midtempo R&B and hip-hop ballad, about moving on after a breakup and it received favorable reviews from music critics who applauded the chemistry between Lopez and LL Cool J. The song was a success on the charts, reaching number one in the United States and New Zealand, and entered the top five. After the success of All I Have with LL Cool J, the song was ranked as the 15th most successful song on the Billboard Hot 100 of 2003. Lopez named her 2016 Las Vegas Residency Show, All I Have, on October 19,2002, American rapper LL Cool J revealed that he had just recorded a song for Lopezs then-upcoming album two days prior, saying, We did a new song for her album. Well its actually going to be her next single, I think – its a lot of fun and he stated that, Its got like a mid-tempo beat, pretty melody, you know what Im saying. We go back and forth with stuff and its kind of cool, its fly. Those tracks were like a different era for me, and I didnt want people to perceive it like Im just trying to capitalize on the same thing, but the record company was like, Who cares what they think, those are hits mama. Lopez, who said she calls the shots, eventually agreed, the song was officially sent to urban radio in the United States on December 14,2002 as the second single from This Is Me. It was later released on February 11,2003 in some regions, All I Have was written by Lopez, James Todd Smith, Makeba Riddick, Curtis Richardson, Ron G and Dave McPherson, while production was handled by Cory Rooney, Ron G and McPherson. The song was originally titled Im Good, and heavily samples Debra Lawss song Very Special, written by Lisa Peters, featuring LL Cool J, All I Have is a midtempo R&B and hip hop ballad about moving on after a break up. On the track, Lopez decides to end her relationship due to her lovers infidelity, MTV observed the song to conjure up her own public split with P. Diddy. Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush characterized Lopezs vocals as cooed and found the song to have a classic feel, watchMojo. com described it as having a mid-tempo swing suitable for late night love sessions. About. coms Bill Lamb wrote, There is a relaxed, sam Lansky of MTV Buzzworthy described the duet as icy-cool. Erika Ramirez of Vibe wrote that the song deftly conceals Lopezs whispery sighs, for the week of December 28,2002, All I Have entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 25, earning the Hot Shot Debut of the week. It not only became highest-debuting song of Lopezs career at the time, for the week of January 30,2003, the single reached number one on the Hot 100, giving Lopez her fourth and LL Cool J his first number one song on the chart. It was also the Hot 100s fastest-growing track at radio and it remained at the summit of the Hot 100 for four weeks, later being displaced by 50 Cents In Da Club
4. Chillin (Wale song) – Chillin is a song by American rapper Wale, featuring singer Lady Gaga. It was released as the single from his debut album, Attention Deficit, on April 14,2009. Wale had wanted to collaborate with Gaga, and were introduced to each other through the rappers mentor, Chillin was composed by a number of songwriters, including Wale and Gaga, while it was produced by Cool & Dre. Recorded in New York City, the song discusses Wales life in his hometown. It has musical influence of 1990s style rapping, and contains two samples from the 1969 song, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam, the song received mixed reviews from contemporary critics. Some praised Wale and Gagas collaboration and composition, while others criticized it, Chillin reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart, while in the United States it peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached the regions of the record charts in some other nations. The accompanying music video features both Wale and Gaga in various locations in and around Washington D. C. and Boston, Wale had wanted to collaborate with Lady Gaga on the track since January 2009, believing that she embodied the party-record feel of the song. He explained, If music was a school, I feel like Ill be the dude on the football team. And you know all the bad girls are going to be out there, upon hearing that some were surprised by the collaboration, Wale went on to say, If Jay-Z can work with Coldplay, then Wale should be able to work with Gaga. Wales mentor, Mark Ronson, sent the track to Gaga and she commented that her portion of the song, which includes lyrics such as Lookin at, lookin at, lookin at me/ Eyes all stickin like honey on bees, is narcissistic, but in a positive way. The lyrics capture the life and image of Wales home areas Maryland and its one of those songs, one of those tracks and one of those videos that you cant stop listening to. Chillin has influence of 1990s style rapping, and samples from the 1969 song Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam, and the 1987 song Top Billin by Audio Two. The song is written in the signature of common time with a tempo of 100 beats per minute. Club called it a slab of electro-funk, with robotic new wave inspired vocals by Gaga. He also refers to fellow rapper M. I. A. with the line Im the same way, M. I. A. / Me, Cool and Dre get high like planes. Produced by Cool & Dre, the song was recorded at Allido Sound Studios in New York, by Derek Pacuk, Wale recalled in a 2011 interview with MTV News for Lady Gaga, Inside the Outside special, that the recording session did not go easy. He had traveled to the New York recording studio from Washington D. C. after a night of partying
5. Freakum Dress – Freakum Dress is a song by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé from her second solo studio album BDay. It was written by Beyoncé, Rich Harrison, and Makeba Riddick, Freakum Dress is similar to songs that Destinys Child used to record in the 1990s. The song is complete with whistles, cymbal dominated scatter rhythms and a beat, in the song, Beyoncé advises women who have partners with straying eyes to put on alluring dresses and grind on other guys in dance clubs, to regain their affections. Freakum Dress was generally received by music critics who complimented Beyoncés vocals as well as the assertiveness with which she delivers the lyrics. Many of them noted that the beat of song melds very well with the vocal arrangement. The music video for the song was directed by Ray Kay, with co-direction from Beyoncé and it features Beyoncé dancing with women of different ages, races, and sizes. Thirty metallic dresses were designed by Tina Knowles and were used in the production, Beyoncé explained that the main reason behind shooting a video for the song was to show what a freakum dress looks like. The song was part of the set lists during Beyoncés worldwide tours The Beyoncé Experience, later, in 2012, the song was performed during her revue Revel Presents, Beyoncé Live. In 2016, the song was performed as an interlude at her tour, Freakum Dress was conceived at Sony Music Studios, in New York City, when Beyoncé enlisted Harris to co-produce for her album BDay. She and Harrison had previously collaborated on her 2003 single Crazy in Love and she arranged for Harrison, Sean Garrett and Rodney Jerkins to be given individual rooms at the studio. In this way, Beyoncé fostered healthy competition between the producers by going into each of their rooms and commenting on the great beats the others were creating, in June 2006, Beyoncé invited Tamara Coniff of Billboard to a New York recording studio. Beyoncé told Coniff that Freakum Dress was one of her favorite songs ever, according to the sheet music published at Musicnotes. com by Hal Leonard Corporation, Freakum Dress is a moderate R&B song pacing in common time, written in the key of F major. The verses alternate from the chords of F♯ and C, the track also draws from the hip hop, funk, and dance-pop genres. Mike Joseph of PopMatters observed that the song shows influences by 1970s funk music, spence D. Freakum Dress opens with a spoken introduction. Throughout the song, Beyoncé sings her lines in a manner on melding shattering hi-hats. According to Joseph, Freakum Dress is thematically similar to Bills, Bills, Bills and Say My Name, ann Powers of Los Angeles Times noted that Freakum Dress celebrates showing off. Jon Pareles of The New York Times viewed the concept of the song as not merely having a wardrobe to entice men. In the song, the female protagonist pulls out her best dress to remind her potentially wandering mate of what he is leaving at home
6. Get Me Bodied – Get Me Bodied is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, BDay. It was written by Beyoncé, Kasseem Swizz Beatz Dean, Sean Garrett, Makeba Riddick, Angela Beyincé, Beyoncé was inspired by her sister, Solange, and former Destinys Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the writing process. Columbia Records released Get Me Bodied as the seventh and final single in the US on July 10,2007. Get Me Bodied is an R&B and bounce song with dancehall and it features Beyoncé as the female protagonist going out an evening in the right dress and the right hair, to steam up any dance floor and make sure her call to get her bodied is irresistible. The song was well received by contemporary music critics, who complimented its party sound. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers recognized it as the best R&B, get Me Bodied initially reached number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2007, but due to a viral video reached a new peak of 46 in 2013. Its accompanying music video was co-directed by Beyoncé and Anthony Mandler, Solange, Rowland, and Williams make cameo appearances. The clip was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 VH1 Soul Vibe Awards, get Me Bodied was promoted by Beyoncé with live performances on her world tours and at the 2007 BET Awards. In April 2011, Beyoncé re-recorded the song and re-titled it as Move Your Body for the Lets Move, an instructional video of the exercise routine was filmed for distribution to participating schools. Beyoncé Knowles began working on her solo album BDay following the conclusion of filming for Dreamgirls. She revealed, I had so many things bottled up, so many emotions, Beyoncé contacted American songwriter-producer Sean Garrett, and booked him at the Sony Music Studios in New York City, where Get Me Bodies was recorded. She also called American hip hop producer-rapper Kasseem Swizz Beatz Dean, her sister and singer, Solange, her cousin Angela Beyincé, Beyoncé took inspiration from Solange, who helped in the writing process of the song, and former Destinys Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. In Get Me Bodied, she mentioned three best friends because she was thinking of them while writing, while working on the lyrics, Swizz Beatz and the other producers in the team handled its production. Get Me Bodied and Green Light were planned to be released as the two singles from BDay, following the lead single Déjà Vu. Beyoncé aimed the tracks at the markets and opted for Ring the Alarm as the second US-only single. However, Irreplaceable was officially serviced as the second international. Instead, Get Me Bodied was released as the overall and final US single after the release of the albums deluxe editions lead single. A two-track CD single was released on July 10,2007 in the United States containing the radio edit, a Get Me Bodied ringle was released on October 23,2007
7. Hold You Down – Hold You Down is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez for her fourth studio album, Rebirth. It was written by Gregory Nyce Boy Christopher, Gregory Bruno, Makeba Riddick, Joseph Cartagena, Cory Rooney, Larry Troutman and Billy Beck and produced by Christopher, Bruno, Hold You Down marks as Lopez and Fat Joes 2nd out of 3 collaborations. The first was in Feelin So Good in 1999 with the late Big Pun, after the success of Rebirths lead single Get Right, Hold You Down was chosen as its second single. Critics and fans criticized this move, considering the general lukewarm reception of the song. Hold You Down was also included on Fat Joes album All or Nothing, a remix with Don Omar is included on his compilation album Da Hitman Presents Reggaetón Latino. Hold You Down is a song with a length of four minutes, the song samples Shirley Murdocks As We Lay. According to Lopez, the track was a last minute add to Rebirth, while listening to the song, she knew that theres nobody that she can do the song with except Fat Joe. Lopez called Fat Joe up immediately and the day, the song was recorded after he created his own rap verses. Speaking of the lyrics for Hold You Down, Fat Joe said, Its more like a friendship record, growing up in the Bronx and how we became who we are, but we still keep it real with each other. We dont talk every day, but we got mad love for each other whenever we see each other, according to Entertainment Weekly, the song is about how true shes been to her hood. Hold You Down consists of a beat and some tinkling chimes in the background. The song received most mixed reviews from music critics, mike Schiller from PopMatters called it an ill-fated, milquetoast duet with Fat Joe. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly commented that even with Fat Joe pitching in, prior to the videos release, Lopez told MTV News that Ill be very real. The music video for Hold You Down was directed by Diane Martel and it was released on March 7,2005. In The Bronx, New York City, Lopez is seen singing on top of a building and in a hallway, lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
8. If I Don't Have You – If I Dont Have You is the first single by American recording artist Tamar Braxton from her fourth studio album Calling All Lovers. The single was released on May 27,2015, the song peaked at number 19 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts on the week of August 15,2015. The music video was released on July 9,2015 on her official VEVO account and it was directed by Darren Craig. In this music video, Tamar Braxton and her girlfriends are in the nights in the 30s decade. The video includes Tamars mother Evelyn as a guest star, digital download If I Dont Have You –4,12 If I Dont Have You was nominated for a Grammy at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Best R&B Performance from her latest album titled Calling All Lovers
9. If It's Lovin' that You Want – If Its Lovin that You Want is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, from her debut studio album Music of the Sun. It was written by Samuel Barnes, Scott La Rock, Makeba Riddick, Jean-Claude Oliver, Lawrence Parker and it was released on September 13,2005, as the second and final single from the album. The lyrics revolve around basically telling a guy, If its lovin that you want, the song received mixed reviews from music critics, many of whom praised and criticised Rihannas vocal performance, its composition was also complimented. If Its Lovin that You Want achieved moderate success around the world, reaching the top forty in few European countries, while reaching the top ten in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. In the United States, the failed to match the commercial success of Rihannas previous single, Pon de Replay. It managed, however, to number nine on the Pop Songs chart. Musically, is an R&B song with reggae influence, reinforcing Rihannas tropical reggae signature, Rihannas vocal range in the song spans from the low note of F3 to the high note of G5. A sequel to the song entitled If Its Lovin That You Want – Part 2, which features rap vocals by Cory Gunz, was included as a bonus track on Rihannas sophomore album, A Girl Like Me. The song was written by Samuel Barnes, Scott LaRock, Makeba Riddick, Jean-Claude Oliver, the song was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics, who both praised and criticised Rihannas vocal performance. Bill Lamb of About. com wrote that although the singer provides simple, pleasant vocals, her voice too light. Lamb continued to comment about the song, writing although the song is pleasurable and summery to listen to and is not offensive. However, A. Vishnu of The Hindu had contrasting opinions with regard to Rihannas vocal performance, writing the song further exposes her versatility and vocal range. A reviewer for Billboard praised the composition and beat, writing reinforces Rihannas tropical reggae signature with an itchy hook that, albeit monotonous. If Its Lovin that You Want failed to match the success of Rihannas previous single, Pon de Replay. In Australia, the song debuted and peaked on the Australian Singles Chart at number 9 on February 6,2006, the song fell one position the following week to number ten, but managed to peak at number 9 again in its third week. In total, the song spent two weeks at number 9 and fourteen weeks on the chart. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 12 on the New Zealand Singles Chart on December 19,2005. During If Its Lovin that You Wants first four weeks of charting, it fluctuated in the top twenty, in total, the song spent 12 weeks on the chart
10. Kitty Kat (song) – Kitty Kat is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles for her second studio album, BDay. It was composed by Beyoncé Knowles, Pharrell Williams, Makeba Riddick, Shawn Carter, Kitty Kat is a mid-tempo R&B song whose lyrics detail a situation where a woman feels that her man has underestimated her. The song was well received by music critics who noted it to be a seductive track thanks to its Im not feelin it vibe. However, some critics felt that the production does not live up to those of other songs featured on BDay. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Melina Matsoukas and it is only one-minute long and it serves as the introduction of the music video for Green Light. The video for Kitty Kat features Knowles showing cat-like eyes with leopard print make-up, in some parts of the clip, Knowles rides on an oversized black cat. Kitty Kat was conceived partly at the Sony Music Studios, in New York City and it sees songwriting duties by Knowles, Pharrell Williams, Makeba Riddick as well as Shawn Carter, and utilizes production from The Neptunes, compromising of Williams and Chad Hugo. The latter also produced the song Green Light, jason Goldstein mixed Kitty Kat with assistance from Steve Tolle. Concerning the song, Knowles told MTV, is very sexy, talking about a man who is out with all night. And you are like, No more of this, the song appeared online through the website of Rap-Up magazine on August 23,2006, prior to the release of BDay. According to the music published at Musicnotes. com by EMI Music Publishing. The nearly four-minute long track is written in the key of D major, the song features a moderately slow groove of 78 beats per minute, with Knowles vocals range spanning from the note of G♯3 to C5. Spence D of IGN Music noted that the beat is down-tempo and this goes in contrast with the works of The Neptunes. In the song, the female protagonist feels that her love interest has underestimated her and this is demonstrated in the opening lines, You know I hate sleepin alone, but you said that you will soon be home. But baby, that was a time ago. As the song progresses, she wonders, What about my body, body. /You don’t want my body, body. Selah of The Village Voice noted that Kitty Kat was a threat for jetting, eb Haynes of AllHipHop commented that Kitty Kat warns all restless boys that they too, become restless. Elysa Gardner of USA Today commented that the lyrics of the song include raw feelings for a lover which are sung with sass
11. The High Road – The High Road is the second studio album by American singer JoJo, released on October 17,2006 by Da Family Entertainment, Blackground Records, and Universal Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during late 2005 to mid-2006 in California, New York City, Miami, lyrical themes involve relationships, young love, break-ups, forgiveness, self-acceptance, and faith. It features an array of styles, such as pop, alternative rock. The High Road debuted at three on the Billboard 200 with 108,000 copies sold in its first week. It also peaked at number 12 on the Canadian Albums Chart, the album received gold certifications in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and has sold three million copies worldwide. Three singles were released from the album, the second single, How to Touch a Girl, was released on November 14,2006 in the US. Anything was released as the third and final single on May 7,2007, reaching number 18 in Ireland. After the success of her album, JoJo quickly went back in the studio to work on new tracks. It was reported that over 30 songs were written and recorded for the album, during an interview, JoJo compared The High Road to her previous album by stating, I recorded my first album when I was 12, and now I’m 15. From age 12 to age 15 is a big jump in a young girl’s life, I think with the new album, you can hear the maturity and confidence in my vocals. I’m coming into myself and being more comfortable, all of the songs on the album came out well - the music style is mostly urban like the my first album, but there are some rock elements too. When asked about the process, JoJo stated, I had finished promoting my first album, then I went to Australia to film Aquamarine. It was a busy time – while I was in Australia, when I finished with Aquamarine, I came home and started working on the new album. It was mainly recorded in New York, Miami and L. A and we recorded over 30 songs with a lot of different people. I feel that doing 30 songs was fine for the album, some people would say that’s too many to do, and it’s costly to record that many songs. But Chris Brown recorded 50 songs for his album, and then he whittled it down, when you record a lot of songs, you come up with different styles and ideas. On the album, JoJo got to work with Diane Warren and she recalled the process by saying, I was very excited to get together with Diane Warren, she said. I love Diane – she’s one of my favorite people and we recorded four or five songs together, two of which made the album, ‘Exceptional’ and ‘Note to God. ’ She’s so cool
12. Music of the Sun – Music of the Sun is the debut studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on August 30,2005 by Def Jam Recordings, prior to signing with Def Jam, Rihanna was discovered by record producer Evan Rogers in Barbados, who helped Rihanna record demo tapes to send out to several record labels. Music of the Sun features vocals from Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall, music group J-Status and its music incorporates Caribbean music such as dancehall and reggae, as well as dance-pop and R&B ballads. Music of the Sun received generally mixed reviews from music critics, the album debuted at number 10 on the United States Billboard 200 and number six on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album peaked in the top-40 of album charts in Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It produced two singles, Pon de Replay and If Its Lovin that You Want, the former of which peaked at two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the US Dance Club Songs chart. Music of the Sun was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, before signing to Def Jam Recordings, Rihanna was discovered in her home country Barbados by American record producer Evan Rogers. After meeting for the first time, Rogers asked Rihanna to come to his hotel room, Rihannas renditions impressed Rogers, who then took her to New York City, where she was accompanied by her mother to record some demo tapes which could be sent to record labels. She recorded the demo over the next year intermittently, due to Rihanna only being able to record during school holidays, the first to respond to the demo tape was Jay-Z, who had recently been appointed as president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. Rihanna auditioned for him and music mogul L. A. Reid, looking back on the audition and meeting Jay-Z, Rihanna explained in an interview how she felt before walking into the room, saying, Thats when I really got nervous. I was like, Oh God, hes there, I cant look, I cant look. I was cold the entire time, Jay-Z was initially skeptical about signing Rihanna after he felt Pon de Replay was too big for her, saying when a song is that big, its hard to come back from. I dont sign songs, I sign artists, the audition resulted in Rihanna signing a six-album record deal with Def Jam Recordings in February 2005, on the same day of the audition, with Jay-Z saying Theres only two ways out. Out the door after you sign this deal, meaning that he was not going to let her leave without signing a record deal. After signing to Def Jam Recordings, Rihanna cancelled other meetings with record labels and relocated from Barbados to New York to live with Rogers, Music of the Sun is a Caribbean-influenced, urban dance-pop album. Its dance-pop songs are complemented by contentional R&B ballads, the lead single Pon de Replay was written by Rogers, Sturken and Vada Nobles, and was produced by the first two. Pon de Replay is a simple song with dancehall beats. Lyrically, the song is asking the DJ to play the protagonists favorite song
13. Live Your Life (T.I. song) – Live Your Life is a song by American rapper T. I. from his sixth studio album, Paper Trail, and features Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released as the single from the album on September 23,2008. The song is a hip hop track with elements of contemporary R&B. The songs lyrics speak of T. I. s rise to fame and it also gives dedication to the American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Live Your Life was a success worldwide. In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, marking T. I. s third number-one single, and Rihannas fifth. The song also attained top ten placements in other countries, reaching the top five in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand. Furthermore, Live Your Life topped the US Mainstream Top 40 and Rap Songs charts, the song remains T. I. s highest charting and most successful single worldwide since its release. The songs accompanying video, directed by Anthony Mandler, depicts a story of T. I. s rise to fame in a narrated form, featuring Rihanna performing in a dressing room. The duo performed Live Your Life at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, the song is featured in the 2009 film The Hangover as well as the trailer. Live Your Life was written by T. I, dan Balan, Justin Smith, and Makeba Riddick whilst being produced by Just Blaze and Riddick. T. I. explained Rihannas incorporation progress into the song to Artist Direct, It was a back, I was just able to hear her voice on this record. I could hear her, so I reached out and she said, Yes, the song borrows samples, melody, and lyrics from O-Zones 2003 song Dragostea Din Tei, which was further made famous by the Numa Numa Internet meme. The first unfinished version of Live Your Life leaked onto the Internet on August 26,2008, the official mastered album version, which has Rihannas own verse, and T. I. s dedication to soldiers on the Iraqi battlefield. The radio edit lasts for a duration of 4,01, Live Your Life was released in the United States on September 23,2008. A worldwide release of the song followed on September 26 as a download via iTunes. It was sent to US rhythmic radio on October 20,2008, well, hats off to Rihanna for finally taking time out from mining her Good Girl Gone Bad album, but its a shame she had to waste her break on a naff novelty release like this. The American magazine The Village Voice voted Live Your Life at number 13 on their annual Pazz & Jop critics poll, in the United States, Live Your Life debuted at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart week of October 11,2008
14. Love and War (Tamar Braxton song) – Love and War is the lead single by American recording artist Tamar Braxton from her second album of the same name. The song received two Grammy Award nominations at the 56th Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance and she added Ive never argued this much with a person, and Ive never loved this hard. Thats what this song is about, vH1 writer Bené Viera commented that Gaga is like family to Vince & Tamar and that it was sweet of her to use her super fame to show Tamar love. Essence writer Derrick Bryson Taylor wrote the meaning of the song goes way beyond a minor tiff between lovers and it is really about her marriage. The music video for the song was filmed in the Hollywood Hills and it was directed by Walid Azami and premiered on BETs 106 & Park on January 17,2013. Love and War received general acclaim from critics, rick Florino of Artistdirect described the song as a powerful and passionate slice of soul pop which showcases the singers impressive and inimitable range. Within 24 hours of its release, Love and War shot to the top of the US iTunes chart and her debut single If You Dont Wanna Love Me peaked at number 89 on the chart in 2000. Love and War also became her first top 20 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, at number 13, in its second week, the song fell to number 97 on the Hot 100 chart but has since re peaked at 71. Love and War charted at number 6 on the UK R&B iTunes charts on December 7,2012, the song also reached #1 on the Urban Adult Contemporary Radio Chart. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Love and War was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance
15. Make My Heart – Make My Heart is a song by American singer Toni Braxton. It contains an interpolation from Were Going to a Party by Evelyn Champagne King, in a review of the album Pulse BBC. co. These poppier tracks feel gratuitous, thrown in for measure to attract the younger crowd, allMusics Andy Kellman described the song as a rapturous club track put over the top by some of Braxton’s most athletic vocals. Make My Heart was released on February 23,2010 to iTunes, on February 23,2010 two EPs were released Make My Heart and Make My Heart to promote the song. Braxton performed Make My Heart on The Wendy Williams Show on February 11,2010, the music video for Make My Heart was directed by Bille Woodruff and shot back-to-back with the video for Hands Tied, also directed by Woodruff. It was premiered on April 13,2010, braxtons sisters Towanda Braxton, Tamar Braxton and Trina Braxton make cameo appearances in the video. Credits adapted from Pulse liner notes, song credits Sample credits Make My Heart contains an interpolation from Were Going to a Party performed by Evelyn Champagne King. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
16. Please (Toni Braxton song) – Please is a song by American recording artist Toni Braxton. It was written by Scott Storch, Makeba Riddick, Vincent Herbert, one out of several songs on the album to feature a more hard-edged production, Please is a spare, mid-tempo R&B and hip-hop song with a heavy bottom and zippy strings. Lyrically, it talks about how to handle a temptation in a relationship. The track was released as the lead single to US rhythmic. Please was the single from Libra for which a music video directed by Chris Robinson, was shot. Released in November 2002, More Than A Woman garnered lackluster sales, in March 2003, Braxton issued a press statement saying she was leaving Arista for Hankersons Universal-distributed Blackground Records. Soon after, she began recording her Blackground debut with husband Keri Lewis, Please was written by Storch along with Makeba Riddick, Kameron Houff, and Vincent Herbert, with production being handled by Storch. A frequent collaborator, Herbert had co-written and produced her 1994 hit How Many Ways, vocal production was overseen by Keri Lewis, while Braxtons younger sister Tamar, Riddick, Kim Johnson and Keri Hilson all provided background vocals on Please. Musically, Please is an upbeat R&B and hip-hop song that talks about how to handle a temptation in a relationship. Braxton starts the song singing, I know you watching all over here, trying to find a way to come into my situation, in May 2005, MTV News reported that a new single by Braxton was coming and that the song was produced by Scott Storch. On May 30,2005, Please was released to US rhythmic, while a promotional CD was released during 2005, Blackground and its distributor Universal Records produced no physical CD single in support of the Please. In Europe, a different promo CD was also released, to promote the single, Braxton visited The Ellen Show where she performed Please along with her sisters. She also performed the song on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and on Live with Regis, in concert, Braxton performed the song on her 2006 Libra Tour and her 2013 Summer Tour, in a groove-oriented medley with fellow Libra single Take This Ring. Upon its release, the song received mixed reviews from music critics. The Baltimore Sun found that the song hasnt exactly been a runaway hit, sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine called it forgettable, and wrote that it picks up where the edgy More Than a Woman left off. Allmusic editor Andy Kellman picked Please as a track of Libra. Later, the song climbed to number 40, before peaking at number 36 and it marked Braxtons lowest-charting lead single then. An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Chris Robinson, was released in late June 2005 and it features Braxton wearing different clothes and wigs, while also dancing with backup dancers
17. Rude Boy (Rihanna song) – Rude Boy is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from her fourth studio album, Rated R. It was released as the third single on February 19,2010. Rihanna co-wrote the song with StarGate, Ester Dean, Makeba Riddick, Rude Boy is an up-tempo dancehall and R&B song which incorporates elements of raggamuffin. The song received mixed to positive reviews critics, some called it is the highlight of the album. Rude Boy peaked at one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in its fourth week for five consecutive weeks. It was a commercial success globally, peaked at one in Australia and attained top five positions in Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia. The accompanying music video was directed by Melina Matsoukas, used techniques and featured props that included a stuffed lion. Rihanna performed the song live for the first time at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam in South Beach, Miami, and later on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Alan Carr, Chatty Man. Rude Boy was also featured on the set lists of Rihannas Last Girl on Earth, Loud, Anti and Diamonds tours. Rude Boy was produced by Rob Swire and StarGate who co-wrote the song with Rihanna, Ester Dean, Rihanna explained, When we wrote the song, it was kind of a freestyle. In an interview with Us Weekly, Makeba Riddick, who assisted with the vocal production. Riddick explained that Ester Dean had come up with a concept for the song, upon hearing it, Riddick and Rihanna expressed interest in the song but thought that some changes were needed, and sent it to Riddick for completion. By the time we were done of course, we were laughing and giggling about the lyrics – surprisingly everybody went nuts over the song. Dean explained the development of Rude Boy in an interview with The Boom Box, Dean praised Rihannas ability to take risks with her music, saying I think Rihanna is sexy and will say things that other chicks wont say. Even if she lets go kiss some girls, who really cares. This is what people want to do, but are afraid to do, Rude Boy is an uptempo dancehall and R&B song. The song is written in the key of E minor with a signature in common time. Rihannas vocal range spans from the low note of E3 to the note of D5
18. Suga Mama – Suga Mama is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles for her second studio album, BDay. It was written by Knowles, Rich Harrison, and Makeba Riddick, Suga Mama is influenced by 1970s funk and rock music. An R&B and soul song, Suga Mama is built on a hip hop and jazzy beat, and samples Jake Wade, lyrically, it features the female protagonist willing to pay large sums of money to keep her love interest contented. Suga Mama was generally received by music critics, who noted it as one of the highlights from BDay. However, there was some limited criticism about Knowles vocal delivery on the song, though not released as a single, Suga Mama had a music video filmed in black-and-white, and directed by Melina Matsoukas and Knowles, for the BDay Anthology Video Album. It received a release to British music TV channels. Suga Mama was added on the set list of Knowles world tour, Knowles enlisted Harrison as one of the five co-producers of BDay, and she arranged for him, Sean Garrett and Rodney Jerkins to be given individual rooms at Sony Music Studios in New York City. Knowles said she fostered healthy competition between the producers by going into each of their rooms and commenting on the great beats the others were creating. She and Harrison had previously collaborated on her 2003 single Crazy in Love, Suga Mama is a moderate R&B and soul song that displays influences of the 1960s as well as 1970s funk and rock music. It also song contains limited elements of the 1980s go-go and sounds more closely resembling live music than Knowles previous recordings. According to the music published by Hal Leonard Corporation, Suga Mama was composed using common time in the key of G minor. Knowles vocals span from the low note of C4 to the note of G5 as she sings on a hip hop. The main instrumentation is provided by a bluesy guitar, IGN Music noted that Suga Mama is built of a static grit groove, and Jody Rosen of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the song consists of a mixture of brute power and slick syncopation. It samples Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers song Searching for Soul and these interpretations are shown in the lines, Its so good to the point that Ill do anything just to keep you home. Tell me what you want me to buy, my accountants waiting on the phone, the woman also sees the man as a sex object, asking him to sit on her lap and take it off while I watch you perform. Dave de Sylvi of Sputnikmusic noted that Knowles sings, I could be like a jolly rancher that you get from the store with the same sense of mischief as Christina Aguilera on Candyman. On the other hand, Gail Mitchell of Billboard magazine noticed that the lyrical arrangement was similar to that of Tina Turners work. A remix of the song features American rapper Consequence, the song received generally positive reviews
19. Upgrade U – Upgrade U is a song by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé from her second studio album BDay. The song features vocals from American rapper Jay-Z. It was composed by Swizz Beatz, Cameron Wallace, Beyoncé, MK, Makeba, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé, Jay-Z, Willie Clarke, Clarence Reid, columbia Records released Upgrade U as a promotional single on November 27,2006 in the United States only. Upgrade U draws from the genres of hip hop and contemporary R&B, the concept of the song revolves around a woman offering luxuries to a man to upgrade his lifestyle. Upgrade U was generally received by music critics, some praising Knowles assertiveness while singing about her desire to give luxuries to her man. Many also praised the chemistry that Knowles and Jay-Z have in the song. After the release of BDay, Upgrade U started to gain popularity on R&B, the music video for the song was directed by Melina Matsoukas, and took one and a half days of shooting. Knowles did an impersonation of Jay-Z in the clip and is seen amidst gold watches and jewelry. It finally emerged as the forty-fifth best R&B/Hip-Hop song of 2007 in the United States, although Knowles did not perform Upgrade U in any televised appearances, the song was a part of her set list on The Beyoncé Experience tour, and I Am. Tour, as well as her and Jay Zs joint On the Run Tour. Upgrade U was written by Knowles, MK, Makeba, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé, Jay-Z, Willie Clarke, Blowfly and Solange Knowles, with production from Swizz Beatz, Cameron Wallace and it was recorded at Sony Music Studios in New York City. T. I. was to be the original guest on the song, however, ultimately, Jay-Z was selected as the featuring artist, Upgrade U becoming his second collaboration with Knowles on BDay – the first being Déjà Vu. The song was released as a promotional single on November 27,2006. Upgrade U is a hip hop song, with influences of pop, soul, and modern R&B. According to the music published at Musicnotes. com by EMI Music Publishing. Knowles vocals range from the note of G♯3 to E5, the song features a synth-horn backdrop as well as a bounce-based hand clap beat. Like most of the tracks on the album, the beat is reinforced by the Roland TR-808 drum machine, Upgrade U samples Betty Wrights 1968 song Girls Cant Do What the Guys Do, composed by Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine noted that similarities between Upgrade U and songs from the Destinys Child era in the sense that it could make a female self-empowerment anthem, according to Mike Joseph of PopMatters, Upgrade U contains the natural chemistry that Knowles and Jay-Z have in real life
20. We Ride – We Ride is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me. It was written by Makeba Riddick, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, the song was released on August 21,2006, as the albums third single. We Ride is a hip hop and soul song, critical reception of the song was generally positive, as the majority of reviewers praised its relaxing and carefree qualities. We Ride peaked inside the top forty on charts, including Australia, the Flanders and Wallonia regions of Belgium. The song peaked inside top ten in Finland and New Zealand, despite failing to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at number one on the Dance Club Songs chart and number 34 on the Pop Songs chart. The songs accompanying video was directed by Anthony Mandler, and shot in Miami, the video features Rihanna in various scenes, including a beach, nightclub and socialising with friends. We Ride was written by Makeba Riddick, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, Rihanna explained the reasoning behind We Ride being chosen as the third single from the album in an interview with Corey Moss of MTV. Its having good feedback, so Im gonna give fans what they want, in Australia, the song was released as an Extended play on October 30,2006, which featured remixes of We Ride and the previous single from the album, Unfaithful. As a mid-tempo ballad, We Ride is a hip hop, according to the digital sheet music published by Musicnotes. com, We Ride is written in the key of E♭ major and is set in common time with a moderate dance groove with 80 beats per minute. Rihannas vocal range in the song spans from the note of G♯3 to the higher note of C5. The song includes piano keys and guitar strings as part of its instrumental composition, jazzily Bass of Contactmusic. com commented that We Ride incorporates a teen music sound into its composition, which features a melodic tap to keep the listener engaged. Thats what summers are all about, every summer you remember a certain relationship and theres always a song to connect to that. So We Ride is just one of those songs and we Ride garnered a generally positive response from music critics. David Jeffries of Allmusic praised We Ride, writing that the song is an easy-flowing weekend cruiser, spence D. Bill Lamb of About. com noted that We Ride would appeal most to urban audiences due to its hip-hop composition. In Australia, the song debuted and peaked at number 24 on November 19,2006. The following week, the remained at number 24 and spent a total of 10 weeks on the singles chart. In New Zealand, We Ride debuted at number 16 on December 11,2006, in its third week charting, the song fell to number 10, but peaked at number seven in its fourth week. After having spent 12 weeks on the chart, We Ride dropped out of the singles chart, however