Gucci Mane featuring Usher, "Spotlight"

Track Review

You know you're approaching hip-hop greatness when your single's hook marks the return of a superstar. "It feels so good to be back," Usher bellows at the top of Gucci Mane's "Spotlight," about a girl the Atlanta rapper wants to bed. As usual, Mane keeps his verses nimble and lighthearted: "Baba, baba, Ok-a/Where you wanna go today/Know she not a prostitute/But if she was I'd have to pay." The rapper also shouts-out recent collaborators Mariah Carey and Trina, comparing his love interest to the singers over a Polow Da Don-produced beat. "The spotlight ain't nothing without you, girl," Usher echoes in the song's infectious chorus, which is soused with extended piano chords, minimal drums and paced hand claps. If there was any doubt that Mane is one of the biggest names in hip-hop this year, consider "Spotlight" a friendly reminder. -Mariel Concepcion