12 essential songs written by LaShawn Daniels

The late songwriter lent a hand in crafting some of the most potent modern R&B of the past few decades, from Whitney and Brandy, to Ciara and Gaga.

September 04, 2019
12 essential songs written by LaShawn Daniels

Today, the music world mourns the loss of famed songwriter LaShawn Daniels, who died in a car accident on Wednesday morning at 41. From the start of his career, Daniels lent a hand in a few of the biggest hits of the late nineties — he co-wrote Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine" at the age of 20. From there, Daniels went on to write for the likes of Whitney Houston, Drake, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Ray J. He won multiple Grammys for his work with Destiny's Child (on "Say My Name") and Tamar Braxton (on "Love and War"). In his memory, we've gathered 12 of Daniels' most beloved tracks — hear them below and stream the entire playlist here.

"The Boy is Mine" - Brandy and Monica (1998)

"Angel In Disguise" - Brandy (1998)

"It's Not Right but It's Okay" - Whitney Houston (1999)

"If You Had My Love" - Jennifer Lopez (1999)

"Say My Name" - Destiny's Child (1999)

"He Wasn't Man Enough" - Toni Braxton (2000)

"Lose My Breath" - Destiny's Child (2004)

"One Wish" - Ray J (2005)

"Can't Leave 'Em Alone" - Ciara and 50 Cent (2006)

"Feedback" - Janet Jackson (2007)

"Telephone" - Lady Gaga and Beyoncé (2009)

"Love and War" - Tamar Braxton (2013)

12 essential songs written by LaShawn Daniels