8. "Confessions Pt. II"
Usher is at his storytelling best on the elaborate second half of the “Confessions” saga. This is some Love & Hip-Hop-type drama, pulled straight from the personal life of the album’s primary producer (JD wrote in an autobiographical book proposal that Confessions is all about "me cheating on my steady girlfriend, having a baby with that other woman and having to confess to everything that happened to my main girl.").
[Ed note: Dupri calls the remix of this record, which features Kanye West, Twista, and, most memorably, an incarcerated Shyne Po, “the hottest remix I ever did in my life,” which is simply not true. Aside for Shyne’s collect call bars being so so inaudible, this is a classic that doesn’t need hip-hop’s fingerprint ink smudged all over.]