Sean Garrett Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris "Yeah!" (2004)

Album: Confessions
Producer: Lil Jon
Label: Arista
Sean Garrett:"This song was the highlight of my career. That was the start. 'Yeah!' still reigns as the most incredible experience in my career because there were so many stories about the situation of how the song came about, how the song actually was released, who liked the song, who didn't like the song.

 

I'm going to write a Michael Jackson song over a crunk beat, and either I'm gonna win big or I''m gonna lose big.

 

"The true story was that I was a big fan of Usher. I grew up loving Usher but also at the time, I was a big fan of Lil Jon. I thought he was so radical and off the beaten path. He had 'Get Low' out and I thought that beat was fucking crazy. I had just signed my deal with L.A. Reid and Hit-Co and he asked me what I was going to do. He wanted me to plan all these smashes and I thought, 'What am i going to do?' I was just two months in. I thought, you know what? I'm going to fucking write a Michael Jackson song over a crunk beat, and either I'm gonna win big or I''m gonna lose big.

 

Long story short, we went through quite a few changes because the original beat I wrote the song to was Petey Pablo's 'Freek-A-Leek' and he actually put the freaking record out after he heard we did an Usher record to it.

 

"At the time I took the demo to L.A. Reid and he thought it was dope but he felt like there was still a few missing elements to it. I kept on begging him and pleading with him and I told him that this song was it. Long story short, we went through quite a few changes because the original beat I wrote the song to was Petey Pablo's 'Freek-A-Leek' and he actually put the freaking record out after he heard we did an Usher record to it. L.A. Reid was on fire at this point. He was like, 'What the hell do you have me in? A superstar is out here looking crazy and you got me believing in this record that's already out.'

"We had to go in and remix the record, people were still on the fence about it and the record leaked and there you have it. I wasn't angry. I was the most excited I could possibly be because finally the cat got out the bag but then people made the choice. From here to New Zealand it was just everywhere. It was crazy."

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