“Drop It Like It’s Hot” is a hit single by American rapper Snoop Dogg featuring American singer and producer Pharrell. Snoop Dogg performs the chorus and the second and third verses (of three), while Pharrell performs the first verse. Pharrell’s verse includes a line from “Raspy Shit” (a song from his debut album In My Mind), which was produced by The Neptunes and contains vocal samples from Laid Back’s “White Horse”. Part of “White Horse”‘s production is sampled in “Drop It Like It’s Hot” as well.
The song was a sleeper hit, and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from December 11, 2004, making it Snoop Dogg’s first number one on the chart. It was also his second Top 10 as a solo artist since 1994’s “Gin and Juice” (“Beautiful” was the other). The song also gave him his first number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also peaked at number one for four consecutive weeks in New Zealand, and number ten in the UK Singles Chart. It gained some critical attention for its very sparse production, consisting of tongue clicks, keyboards, a drum machine beat and white noise. It was nominated at the Grammy Awards of 2005 for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, though it lost both awards to the songs “Jesus Walks” and “Let’s Get It Started”, respectively. The single was Pharrell’s biggest hit worldwide, until 2013’s “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” (his highest peaking single as lead artist is “Happy”).
On December 11, 2009, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was named the most popular “Rap Song” of the decade by Billboard.
“My Boo” is a duet between American R&B singers Usher and Alicia Keys, written by Usher, Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Adonis Shropshire, and Manuel Seal, Jr.. The song was released as the album’s fourth single in 2004. Set over a hip hop-style track, it was produced by Dupri and No I.D. It was included on the re-release of Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions (2004).
The song received positive reviews from critics, and has garnered awards. The single stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, making it the third most-successful single from the album after “Yeah!” and “Burn”, respectively. It was also ranked as the 36th biggest song of the 2000–2009 decade in the US.
Goodies” is the debut single performed by American recording artist Ciara featuring American rapper and label-mate Petey Pablo for her debut studio album of the same name. The song was released as the album’s lead single on June 8, 2004 through LaFace Records. It was written by Ciara herself, Sean Garrett, LeMarquis Jefferson, and Craig Love, with production done by Lil Jon. The song was recorded as an answer song to the featured act’s hit single, “Freak-a-Leek.” Its lyrics are about virginity. The song’s protagonist rejects men’s sexual advances, proclaiming that they will never get her “goodies” because “they stay in the jar.”
The single was well received by critics, who praised its whistling crunk beat and Ciara’s breathy vocals. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, becoming the longest-running number one debut single by a female artist on the chart since 1977. It also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. The song gave Ciara the title as the “First Lady or Princess of Crunk&B.”
The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Benny Boom, featured guest appearances from BoneCrusher, Monica, Rasheeda, Jazze Pha, Young Jeezy, Lil Jon. The video depicts Ciara dancing in front of a blue and white background with her backup dancers. This scene is where Ciara first does the “Matrix,” which later became her signature move. The song was performed on BET’s 106 & Park and at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards along with “1, 2 Step” and “Oh”.
“Lean Back” is a song by American hip hop group Terror Squad. It was released as the second single from their second studio album, True Story, on June 8, 2004. An uptempo hip hop song built for the club environment, it features Fat Joe with Remy Ma handling the second verse. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from August 21 and topped the R&B charts for more than a month. The song appeared in video games Need For Speed Underground 2, Def Jam Rapstar and The Hip Hop Dance Experience.
“Slow Motion” is a song by rapper Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim. It was released as a single on March 1, 2004 and is Juvenile’s only number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song is an original production by Danny Kartel. It held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks from August 7, 2004, and was the first number one for both Juvenile and Soulja Slim. It was the seventh song to reach #1 posthumously for a credited artist and also the first #1 hit for Cash Money Records.
“Confessions Part II” is a song by R&B singer Usher, produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox for Usher’s fourth album Confessions. Written by Usher, Dupri and Cox, the song is a confession of a man to his woman about his impregnated mistress, a continuation of “Confessions Part I” which relates to a man’s infidelity. Its personal content evoked rumors and early responses from the public even before its release, believing that Usher was asserting the truth; however, Dupri divulged that the story behind the album is his and Usher explained that he only took inspiration from his friends’ similar experiences.
“Confessions Part II” received mixed reviews from critics. The song was released as the third single from the album, following the success of “Burn”. The single reached number one on Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, becoming the album’s third consecutive number-one single. Internationally, the single had lesser success than the album’s previous releases.
“I Believe” is the debut single released by singer and American Idol season 3 winner, Fantasia Barrino. The song significantly helped Fantasia rise to fame. The song was co-written by former American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray and was released on June 29, 2004. “I Believe” peaked at number one on US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Singles Chart and number four on Australian ARIA Singles Chart. It was included on her debut album Free Yourself, released on November 23, 2004.
“Burn” is a song by American R&B singer Usher, which he wrote with American songwriters Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox. The song was produced by Dupri and Cox for Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions (2004). “Burn” is about breakup in a relationship, and the public referred to it as an allusion to Usher’s personal struggles. Originally planned as the album’s lead single, “Burn” was pushed back after favorable responses for the song “Yeah!”. “Burn” was released as the second single from the album on March 21, 2004.
“Burn” topped various charts around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100 for eight non-consecutive weeks; it succeeded “Yeah!” at number one. Both singles gave Usher nineteen consecutive weeks at the top spot, longer than any solo artist of the Hot 100 era. “Burn” was certified platinum in Australia and United States, and gold in New Zealand. The song was well received by critics and garnered award nominations. In 2009 it was named the 21st most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. This song won the 2005 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Song.
“Yeah!” is a song by American recording artist Usher. It was written by Usher, Lil Jon, Sean Garrett, Patrick J. Que Smith, Ludacris, Robert McDowell and LRoc, and features guest vocals from Lil Jon and Ludacris. It was also produced by Lil Jon, who incorporated crunk and R&B—which he coined as crunk&B—in the song’s production. The song was released as the lead single from Usher’s fourth studio album Confessions (2004) on January 27, 2004, after Usher was told by Arista Records, his label at the time, to record more tracks for the album.
“Yeah!” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for twelve consecutive weeks, before being replaced by its follow-up single “Burn”. “Yeah!” was the longest-running number one single in 2004, subsequently topping the year-end chart on the Hot 100. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song received a similar response in other countries, topping fourteen charts worldwide. It was certified platinum in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Norway, and received a two times platinum certification in New Zealand. The song peaked in the top-ten in several Year-end charts.
“Yeah!” was met with critical acclaim, with critics lauding its production, more specifically its combination of crunk and R&B. An accompanying music video, directed by Mr. X, shows Usher performing choreography in a club in front of blue laser beams. “Yeah” won a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards, while being nominated for Record of the Year. The song ranked second on the Billboard Hot 100 2000–2009 Decade-end chart. As of September 2013, the song has sold over 4 million copies in the US.
“Slow Jamz” is a single by American rapper Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. It was released in late 2003 as the lead single from his album Kamikaze and from Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout. The song peaked at number one in the USA for a week on February 10, 2004 becoming Twista’s, West’s and Foxx’s first number one single. The Kanye West version includes an intro and two extra verses by Jamie Foxx, and excludes the original outro by Twista. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Q magazine listed it as the nineteenth greatest hip-hop song of all time.
“The Way You Move” is a song recorded by Big Boi of the American hip hop duo OutKast, released by LaFace Records. The song features OutKast mentor Sleepy Brown on guest vocals. Along with “Hey Ya!”, recorded by OutKast’s other member André 3000, “The Way You Move” is one of the two lead singles from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast’s double album project which includes a solo album from each member. Released from Big Boi’s Speakerboxxx half of the double album, “The Way You Move” peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming OutKast’s third number-one pop single and the 900th for “Billboard.” In 2009 it was named the 22nd most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.
“Hey Ya!” is a song written and produced by André 3000 for his 2003 album The Love Below, part of the hip hop duo OutKast’s double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. “Hey Ya!” takes influence from funk, rap and rock music. Its music video features a live performance by a band, all eight of whose members are played by André 3000, that mimicks the Beatles’ 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song received praise from contemporary music critics, and won the award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards. His version of the song has also appeared on the soundtrack of Flight of the Phoenix (2004),
Along with “The Way You Move”, recorded by OutKast’s other member Big Boi, “Hey Ya!” was released by LaFace Records as one of the album’s two lead singles. It became a commercial success, reaching the top five of most of the charts it entered, and topping the Billboard Hot 100 and the ARIA Singles Chart, among others: in 2009, Billboard named it as the 20th most successful song of the 2000s decade in the United States.
The song popularized the phrase “shake it like a Polaroid picture”, and the Polaroid Corporation used the song to revitalize the public’s perception of its products.