“Growing Pains” by Mary J. Blige
“Back Of My Lac’” by J. Holiday
“First Love” by Karina
“Year of the Gentleman” by Ne-Yo
“Fearless” by Jazmine Sullivan
ESSENCE.com Pick: “Year of the Gentleman” by Ne-Yo
When Ne-Yo sang “I just can’t stop” on his lead single, “Closer,” we believed him. After writing hits for R&B’s finest, including Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige, he saved the best for his third album.