Throwback

Album: Confessions (2004)

Songfacts®:

  • Rico Love penned the lyrics for this tune to accompany Just Blaze's music. It proved to be the breakthrough for the New Orleans born songwriter who continued to pen songs for Usher, including the Raymond Vs Raymond singles "There Goes My Baby" and "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)." Requests for Love's compositions began coming from other artists and he went on to write and produce records for the likes of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Fergie.
  • Before he became known as a songwriter, Rico Love was the first artist signed to Usher's label, US Records. He explained during a Reddit AMA: "When I signed to Usher, I would go to him and say 'Yo, I need money; but he would say 'Instead of giving you money, I can give you the opportunity to make a career for yourself.' So he gave me a track, and I wrote a song called 'Throwback' on the Confessions album. After that, the rest is history. He saw something special in me. It wasn't just some random guy saying 'Here, right a song.' He said 'The way you rap, you should try writing songs.' So I did."
  • The song contains a sample of Dionne Warwick's 1973 track "You're Gonna Need Me."

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