On his album, "Raymond Vs. Raymond," released today (March 30) on Jive Records, Usher got his swag back. Listen to the new and improved sex symbol's latest set for free, right here on Billboard.com.
"I had checked out," the Atlanta-raised R&B heavyweight told Billboard.com earlier this month during his cover story interview. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, thinking, 'I've got to be serious all the time. I've got to be the man.' I put my swagger down for a minute, but I didn't throw it away. Now it's time to get it back."
To help bring sexy back, tracks like "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)," featuring Plies, find the recently divorced father of two teasing, "'cause what I got, you gonna wanna get some / but girl, that's only if you ain't scared... Tonight we're gonna do a lot of sexin' / can't nobody do your body like this," atop a silky piano pattern and hand claps.
"Papers" closely resembles his 2004 No. 1 hit "Burn," as Usher unleases deeply personal lyrics about the real-life sacrifices he's made for love. "For you I gave my heart and turned my back against the world/'Cause you were my girl," he sings, a thinly veiled reference to ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond.
There's also the Nicki Minaj-assisted "Lil Freak," on which Usher sends the Young Money rapstress on the prowl to find him his very own little freak.