Best Thing

Album: Here I Stand (2008)
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Songfacts®:

  • This track about commitment and being adult features Jay-Z. The duo recorded the cut with producer Jermaine Dupri during the Atlanta stop of Jay Z's Heart of the City Tour. Dupri also produced "Something Special" on the same album.
  • Usher told MTV News about his collaboration with Jay-Z: "We got together on his album, got back together on this one. Of course, with the talk of both of us now being newlyweds, there is a question as to why, and is it real? Well, if you hear that song, you'll understand what Jay meant when he says, 'Seeds becomes plants, boys become men, you've got to grow up, not down.' Being a positive influence, being where you are, being honest about where you are is really the ultimate objective. I think that it's important to be honest. If it leads and people catch on to it, then they do it. If they miss it, then you've just missed it, but it is what it is, and you are what you are no matter where you are. If you are a playa, you're a playa. If you're a real man, you're a real man, but you know you got to - in some point in life - you've got to grow up. Grow away from certain immaturities. I was a younger guy in my last album, I'm somewhat a more mature individual as a result of the choices I have made, the direction I have taken. And that is conveyed in the song that me and Jay-Z did together."
  • The previous time Usher and Jay-Z worked together was on "Anything," a track on the latter's 2006 Kingdom Come album.

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