Here I Am is a song by American recording artist Monica, taken up from her sixth studio album, Still Standing. It was composed by the former along with Ester Dean, Paul Dawson, Mark Hartnett, Jason Perry, chiefly written by Dean, the smoky downtempo song was initially written for and recorded by a male singer but partially reconstructed for Monica. Lyrically, Here I Am outlines a womans physical desires over a dubstep-lite instrumental, the album version of the song was lined up for a dual single release along with Nothing Like Me to US radios in fall 2009. However, its release was scrapped twice in favor of Everything to Me and Love All Over Me, eventually picked as the third and final single from Still Standing, the song was officially remixed with vocals from American singer Trey Songz. The duet version was released as a download in October 2010. Prior to the release, the original version had charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number eighty-three. Here I Am was written by Ester Dean, Paul Dawson, Mark Hartnett, Jason Perry, Monica and her cousin, Polow da Don, with production handled by the latter. Referring to its style, she added, “It’s a special song to me because it’s totally different than what I normally do. ”Chiefly written by singer–songwriter Ester Dean, it was originally crafted for a man. Upon playing it to Monica in the studio, the team decided on flipping it. Speaking on this decision, she tweeted, This was the best way to satisfy my fans of 15 years and the new fans that I hope to gain. ”However, its release was scrapped, with Monica confirming in December 2009. In a last minute change, the single was later switched to fan-favorite Love All Over Me, I didnt have a choice I would never ignore the fans so we switched, the singer later replied. During touring with singer Trey Songz on the Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour, in addition, it was revealed that Songz had replaced Foxx on the duet remix version of the original track. In a review of the remix, music blog DJBooth. net wrote that Trey Songz steps into the role of the fella who fulfills the singer’s needs when her man is off at the club. A fan of the version, entertainment website ThatGrapeJuice. net called the song R&B at its best. They added, that despite not featuring new vocals from Monica, what’s more, Songz’s powerful runs sees this serve as one of his best vocal out yet. M. Gosho Oakes from SoulCulture wrote that Responding with persuasive assurances of satisfaction, rap-Up magazine classified Here I Am as a smoky slow jam. Digital download Here I Am —3,44 Monicas official website Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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Trey Songz's appearance on the remix of "Here I Am" earned generally positive reviews.