Outside your window is the sound of Amerie's street cred making a comeback. So Amerie doesn't have the war stories to go toe-to-toe with your favorite rapper, but her singles are music's top guns. After an endorsement
overdose by—none other—Funkmaster Flex last week on Hot 97, Amerie's new single "Why R U?" is next on deck.
Now one of the leading ladies on Island/Def Jam, Amerie is the female a-alike to the Dream—a real radio killer (zing!). "Why R U?" produced by the Buchanans (responsible for Jay-Z's "What More Can I Say?") borrows the break-beat drums of "Ego Trippin'" by the Ultramagnetic MC's—a warm hip-hop welcome to her new digs. L.A. Reid is billed as executive producer for the crucial fourth album, titled In Love & War by the Korean/African-American siren. Since jumping ship from Colombia records, the new record deal last year with Def Jam is already making up for Amerie's last effort, Because I Love It which wasn't released in the U.S. Check out how Amerie's pop-friendly vocals blurs the line of Go-Go music and late '80s rap below.
Download: Amerie, "Why R U"