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New Song: Usher – ‘Lil Freak (Ft. Nicki Minaj)’

Usher 1 New Song: Usher   Lil Freak (Ft. Nicki Minaj)

R&B crooner Usher has been very busy with the preparations for his new album, ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’. One of the songs surfacing from his studio sessions is the Polow Dan Don-produced track entitled ‘Little Freak’ which features ‘it’ rapper of the moment, Nicki Minaj. ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’ hits stores on March 1st, 2010.

This is the first track from the Usher’s project that I hands down enjoyed from beginning to end. Usher really recaptured that sexual flare that made him one of R&B’s premiere acts of the decade. Nicki’s verse also ties in well, with both acts providing raw swagger over the production without getting lost in the mix. Polow did such a good job with the beat that I was happy that he let it play for over a minute by itself at the end. Great job!

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  • December 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Jenny says:
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    I like it!!

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  • December 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm
    AC says:
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    This is terrible. The rapper is the same girl who plagued one of Robin Thicke’s songs off his new album. I can’t stand her.

    The beat overpowers Usher’s vocals during the chorus. I can barely make out what he’s singing. Nothing original about the song at all.

    I’d also like to point out that part of the beat is take from Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City” but does so in a bad way.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm
    ROB says:
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    that beat is serious

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  • December 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    ttttttttttttttt says:
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    nothing original :( stop using samples peeps!

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  • December 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm
    Parisian girl says:
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    i like it,The beat is sick and nicki was really good!

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  • December 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm
    Devil's Pie says:
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    I’m I hearing things, or is he saying “fuc**** with me”? Usher never cusses like that.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    ... says:
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    Nicki Minaj is all hype.
    Garbage rapper.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm
    DOM says:
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    i didnt think it was ground breaking or nefink. doesnt sound fresh

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  • December 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    THATKiD says:
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    The Only ive liked so fare that leaked for Raymond vs. Raymond

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  • December 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    Erica says:
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    its alright.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    kayladenise says:
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    loved the opening part until he satrted speaking and nicki minaj finally came out in this song

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  • December 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm
    SEAN2009 says:
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    THE SONG IS FIRE. THE MAIN PEOPLE SAYIN ITS GARBAGE PROBABLY REPS AN ARTIST SONGS THAT GET ATTENTION YET THE SONG ITSELF IS NOT GROUNDBREAKING. EVERYONE SAMPLES DONT ACT BRAND NEW NOW.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    rightround(U.S.A pride!) says:
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    it’s good. it’ll finally bring some excitement into this dead project/album.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    kris says:
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    The instrumentation sounds like it clashes. Some is off and not on key…I think its the strings that come in on the hook.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    s*** says:
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    This is Hot & the beat goes hard too, Nice vocals on both his & Nickys part. The lyrics are O.K- Great song though…

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  • December 20, 2009 at 8:10 pm
    TJ says:
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    This song is ok.. for me its on the weak side…

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  • December 20, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    Lashun says:
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    Nikki Minaj and the song are both garbage! The beat overpowers Usher’s vocals. The song just sucks.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 8:27 pm
    ::SquareBizz2020:: says:
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    i like it…usher is trying
    its kinda hard to get back up once you fall off so hard but its a good effort
    NICKI KILLED!! i dunno im just loving her. she is bringing something new, ands its good to have a female shutting the rap game down again

    and for whoever above…nicki gives that side of robin thicke some credibility. personally i dont think the song would be as dope if she didnt grace it

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  • December 20, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    ...still nothing says:
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    Best thing from Usher yet. Do I like it? I`m undecided.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm
    geminiblacc says:
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    hmm……i think it’s the best thing from him so far however…….. it’s ok. Nikki did a good job too. It’s still an OK song, one that will have to grow on me but im sure it will. I’m rooting for him. I can’t wait to read this interview with rico love. I would love to hear a kelly ft usher song or vice versa.

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  • December 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm
    information says:
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    This is for Trent who said Leona Lewis sold 600k- she is certified 2xp but not sold

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  • December 21, 2009 at 2:13 am
    wtf says:
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    ^^^. lol @ rihanna…thought she said she was the baddest..

    song is ok, nothing special…now i need to know what te hype is with nicki…someone please explain???

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  • December 21, 2009 at 5:04 am
    scandalouscb says:
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    lool @ rihanna, what a shame….maybe now she will realise sex doesnt sell
    well, nicki saved that song….its nothing special…would be worse without nicki…not ushers best he needs to work harder.

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  • December 21, 2009 at 6:07 am
    CJordN says:
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    Was she talking about being w/ a girl? The song is alright. It’ll have to grown on me. All it needs is a hot video and I’ll be sold. :)

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  • December 21, 2009 at 8:10 am
    Me says:
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    It’s oke

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  • December 21, 2009 at 8:22 am
    Erica says:
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    yea ok…this character Nicki minaj plays is annoying after while..what she says on OTHER songs sometimes be hot..but the WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY she says it gets annoying…

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  • December 21, 2009 at 9:58 am
    AC says:
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    @SquareBizz2020

    Any rapper who jumps on a track from a talented artist such as Robin Thicke and talks about her “p**** poppin” lowers the credibility and overall quality of the work. I have his other albums but she is one of the reasons why I still have not bought Robin’s new album. She is trash that has no class.

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  • December 21, 2009 at 11:41 am
    Shaiidoll says:
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    Ohh shutup. i hate when other ppl hate on other ppl craft..like wtf do u do exactly?? grow up get a life. support or dnt support bt dnt dwn em until u above em.

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  • December 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    Barbiebitch says:
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    Feeling Nicki shes something new to the table, the track is alright. I must say Nicki is doing her thing on all these features, you really cant compare her to another female rapper right now, she has her own style just about

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  • December 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    tttttt says:
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    Shaiidoll, its called having an opinion!

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  • December 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    ::SquareBizz2020:: says:
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    @ ac
    yeah i have his albums as well and i meant credibility as far as that type of song. ofcourse hes crazy talented but that song isnt really his speed. plus how can you dog nikki for p**** poppin references. the whole song is along those lines so dont shade her for it cuz robin is talking bout the same thing too

    *2 snaps* @ shaiidoll im stealing your last line lol

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  • January 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm
    brezzi says:
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    well i’ve been listening to alot of Nicki Minaj’s songs ..so then i go and look at the comments and so many people hatin on her. i lOve her she a new artist coming out trying to make it just like any body else. She uses her sex appeal and thats cool. I love her songs and her whole style even though she act a lil ditzy she still pretty cool so i advice yall to stop hatin cause while [YALL] hatin she out here makin money so get over it .. Thanks

    -A Nicki Fan

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:45 am
    tayboo says:
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    this is the shift but ushr shouldnt be cuzin like dat lots of kids listen to radio

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:45 am
    tayboo says:
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    and nicki was the crap

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:48 am
    tayboo says:
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    ♥go brezzi i feel u and did yall here her song five tar chickkk dats da bomb yo unnown gurl is out!!!! ♥

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:49 am
    tayboo says:
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    … f u cuz you dont even no her so go sumwere dummy

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:50 am
    tayboo says:
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    wtf rihanna dint say dat she was the bestest

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:52 am
    tayboo says:
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    and i am nickis biggest fan now if u have sumthin 2 say say it now peace niggs ♥

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:52 am
    tayboo says:
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    agree with you barbiebitch

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:53 am
    tayboo says:
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    the comment you left is stupid informnation

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  • January 21, 2010 at 10:54 am
    tayboo says:
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    i told her in you f*ckin with me this song is the shift peace

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  • March 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    ana da don says:
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    i cant get it 2 play!

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  • March 14, 2010 at 11:39 am
    R says:
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    This is going to be huge along with OMG and Daddy’s home. Mark my words, this will eventually explode everywhere.

    To everyone saying he fell off, he slid a bit but not as hard as many other artists have done. For example look at 50 cent, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly, Sean Paul, Christina Aguiliera, Jessica Simpson, Eminem (sort of) they fell off even harder than Usher did in 2008.

    Here I stand wasn’t as bad as every1 said it was, the problem was everyone was comparing it to confessions and that’s why people are saying he fell off but truth is he never really left. He is still Rnb’s leading man as of today.

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  • April 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    neshapooh says:
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    i love all your dam songz

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  • April 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    neshapooh says:
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    1-404-980-6465 my cell

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  • May 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    mz.spongebob says:
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    wat is yall talkin bout these n***** 4 but antway nikki sound tooo nasty in this song but that my wigga

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  • May 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    mz.spongebob says:
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    i like hey daddy better

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  • May 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    mz.spongebob says:
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    usher so sexy

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  • June 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    Jasmine says:
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    wats up nicki manaj

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