Ne-Yo told Billboard
his breakthrough hit came about shortly after rap mogul Dr. Dre passed on a collaboration deal with him because he wasn't "hood" enough. Literally minutes after Dre turned him down, Ne-Yo bumped into Scott Storch.
"I was feeling a little down," the singer-songwriter recalled. "So I run into Scott as I'm leaving, and he's like, 'Yo, I don't know what the hell Dre talking about, but you're dope. And if you ever find yourself in Miami, look me up.'"
Though Ne-Yo didn't know who Scott Storch was, his manager did, and he arranged a meeting with the producer in Miami. "He (Storch) just happens to be working for Mario that week," Ne-Yo recalled. "We did, I think, three songs and 'Let Me Love You' was the second song that we did. At the time we knew it was something special, but we had no idea that it was going to do what it did."