"U Remind Me" is so repetitive, yet amazing. Usher probably didn't even need to put a verse on the track — everybody's just waiting for the chorus. And he delivers, repeating those famous lines over and over again for most of the four-and-a-half minutes. Yet when the song ends, it still feels too short.
This track topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001 and won Usher his first Grammy the next year. However, it almost wasn't released. As producer Jimmy Jam told an audience at the Red Bull Music Academy, Usher was having a hard time owning the song, and was recording it too similarly to the demo that he was sent. L.A. Reid told him he needed to shape up or it would be off the album. So they brought in Terry Lewis to work with the young superstar. After a week they sent Reid a new copy, who decided to make it the first single off 8701.
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About the curator - Cormac McGee
Cormac McGee is a DJ, artist manager and concert promoter based in Toronto, Canada. He’s played in front of crowds from 10 – 1,000 people and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also runs the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.