With Usher dominating the R&B and top 40 charts, it was only a matter of time before other labels unleashed their like-minded, mono-monikered male R&B singers.

With Usher dominating the R&B and top 40 charts, it was only a matter of time before other labels unleashed their like-minded, mono-monikered male R&B singers. Enter Capitol artist Houston and his debut, "It's Already Written." The Los Angeles-based rapper-turned-singer made his introduction with the star-studded "I Like That." Featuring Chingy, Nate Dogg and I-20, the Track Starz-produced single is an uptempo affair that works well in the club and in the car. Already a certified chart hit, "I Like That" is also featured in a McDonald's commercial. Unfortunately, there is little else on the album that has the same urgency. A half-hearted cover of Ready for the World's " Love You Down" falls short, while midtempo jams like "Ain't Nothing Wrong" and "Twizala" lack any real emotion.—RH