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Usher Returns With Trap-Inspired Surprise Project, ‘A’

Usher Raymond is an R&B veteran, with plenty of club bangers and bedroom burners under his belt. Last night, the southern gentleman dropped surprise project, A, inspired by Atlanta’s immensely popular trap music scene.

The 8-track body-of-work was produced entirely by Zaytoven, an Atlanta-based beatsmith who has worked with Gucci Mane, Migos, Future and several other trap stars. Usher and Zaytoven also previously worked together on 2010’s Raymond v. Raymond.

Before releasing the project at midnight, the Confessions artist quietly deleted all of his Instagram posts and replaced them with snippets from the collaborative effort.

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“MIDNIGHT EST” Video By: @diegobenjaminandrade

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The project comes just days before the “U Got It Bad” singer turns 40 years old on October 14. Stream the new album below.

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.