Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Second Listen: "So Gone" (Monica)

Back in 2003, Monica released "So Gone," which was one out of several tracks rapper-producer Missy Elliott wrote and produced along with Kenneth Cunningham and Jamahl Rye from production duo Spike & Jamahl for Monica's fourth studio album, After the Storm. Incorporating elements of hip hop and 1970s-style quiet storm as well as soul music, it features a sample from the 1976 song "You Are Number One", penned by Zyah Ahmonuel and performed by The Whispers.

Following the less successful chart performances of previous singles "All Eyez on Me" and "Too Hood", J Records released the song on April 8, 2003 as the lead single form After the Storm in the United States. The song was lauded by critics, who praised its vintage touches and sparse hip hop–influences.

"So Gone" became Monica's biggest commercial success in years, reaching number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top of both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot Dance Club Play charts, becoming her first chart topper since 1998's "The First Night".

With that said, take a second listen below to Monica's "So Gone" and Enjoy!

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