Way Before That Hiatus From Music: 9 Big Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Keri Hilson Wrote
The last few years haven’t been the greatest for Keri Hilson when it comes to music. She hasn’t put out an album since 2010, and that last effort, No Boys Allowed, wasn’t necessarily album of the year caliber. And let’s be honest, people haven’t always been the nicest when talking about the singer, probably because of past allegations of ish talking when it comes to other big singers like Beyoncé and Ciara. But aside from all that, Hilson is really a talented artist, especially when it comes to her writing abilities. In fact, she actually has helped write many hits for big names as a part of the writing team, The Clutch (which included Candice Clotiel “Gg” Nelson, Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis, Patrick Michael “J. Que” Smith, and Balewa Muhammad) as well as on her own. So what songs have you been jamming to that she contributed to or wrote on her own? Let’s take a look and see shall we?
Take Me As I Am by Mary J. Blige
One of the standout tracks from Mary’s comeback album, The Breakthrough, “Take Me As I Am” was a pure Mary track. It was all about being knocked down, going through a variety of struggles and eventually learning to accept one’s self as you are, so others know that’s all they’re going to get from you. Despite it sounding like something Mary put together herself, it was concocted for the legend by Keri Hilson and The Clutch writing collective. The song peaked at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Ice Box by Omarion
“I really wanna work this out cause I’m tired of fighting!!!” The really dramatic track that saw a then-braided up Omarion trying to get his on-screen love (then played by Solange Knowles) to act right as he danced out in what looks like a desert at night was a huge hit. The song did very well, charting at number five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, it did so well that there were a gazillion remixes made, official and unofficial, by everybody including Usher, Busta Rhymes and even Fabolous.
Like A Boy by Ciara
Before they had their random drama and then pretended like it never happened in a ustream video, Keri was helping Ciara get her very big hit, “Like a Boy.” The song went on to chart at the number six spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, and 19 on the Hot 100. When speaking on the track, she explained it like this: “I think a lot of women can relate to this, the whole thing about when a guy does certain things, it’s cool, but when a girl does certain things, we look crazy.” There were some rumors that Bow Wow went on 106 & Park back in the day and claimed that the song was about him, but since it wasn’t even written by Ci Ci, we’ll guess not.
4 Minutes by Avant
Nobody knows more about singing of a last chance at love like Avant. He does it with passion, he does it with fire, and on this particular track, he did it with a little help. The song was from his 2006 album, Director, which was actually his best performing album to date. I think we can all agree that “4 Minutes” had a whole lot to do with that!
Runaway Love by Ludacris
That’s right, she was even helping rappers write some of their biggest hits, as was the case when she worked with fellow ATLien Ludacris on the very successful track, “Runaway Love,” featuring Mary J. Blige. Not only did Hilson help contribute lyrics to the song, but she provided background vocals on it as well. The song went on to place number one on the R&B charts, and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 list. And while Luda is known for his more comical tracks, with this more serious song about young teen girls looking to run away from their troubles, he was finally taken more seriously.
Everything, Everyday, Everywhere by Fabolous
While Fabolous isn’t known for hit songs on the charts, he sure can make songs that make you want to dance. That’s exactly what “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere” was. Hilson not only graced the track with her vocals, but she helped write the track alongside Mr. John Jackson. It peaked at 31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and 10 on the Rap songs list. It definitely still gets the party hype…
Gimme More by Britney Spears
It was supposed to be the comeback of a lifetime, but let’s keep it real, “Gimme More” wasn’t that hot of a track. On top of that, that comeback performance of the song at the VMAs in 2007 with her lethargic dance steps and out of shape body at the time didn’t help matters. As for the work done with the song behind the scenes, Hilson wrote “Gimme More” with the help of Jim Beanz, Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica, and Nate “Danja” Hills. Hilson opened up about having Britney in mind for the track the minute she heard the beat:
“Danja produced the song and I just started singing, ‘Give me, Give me,’ and added a little more in and just having fun and messing around really. That’s how everything is. I wrote ‘Gimme More’ with Britney in mind. At this point in my career I am usually in the studio when usually they’re there or sometimes not there, the session is booked, but I definitely have them in mind.”
Wait A Minute by Pussycat Dolls
Off of their debut album, “Wait A Minute” came to life while the Dolls were really getting a lot of attention, or better yet, when lead singer Nicole Sherzinger was getting all the attention. Produced by Timbaland, the song was written by Hilson and did well on charts all over the world, peaking at 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
The Way I Are by Timbaland
Now you know that in 2007, this song was everywhere. It was the song that propelled Hilson into stardom, and helped make Timbaland’s Shock Value album a huge hit. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and it will forever be tied to Hilson as she helped write the track and sang the chorus for the song. Which was once addictive, but honestly, is now annoying to hear…