9 Thoughts, Prayers, and Fears I’ve Had Since Jaheim Defied Usher (Never Happen) Versus

Opinion: Jaheim’s social media challenge to Usher is a 10 on the irrational confidence scale. I love him.

It’s Monday in African America and that means hoaxes are in full swing. This past weekend on the streets of social media, while much of the country was dealing with cooler temperatures and winter events, Jaheim Hoagland of New Jersey’s Hoaglands, but known to us in African America as Jaheim, challenged singer Usher, aka Ursher Baby, to Verzuz. Wow, Chile, the ghetto.

Some things worth noting here: 1) An artist challenges someone else with turquoise It’s fun to slander on social media but it means almost nothing; Swizz Beatz and Timbaland call these picks up; However, it does make for entertainment theatre when artists campaign constantly for a shot on the stage of Virgos; 2) I actually like both artists. Yes, I am a fan of Jaheim (musically). And I mean, it’s an eyebrow. Who doesn’t love usher? (more on this later); And 3) Of all the hypothetical matches that Verzos has made by anyone, this might be the most nonsense. This is the actual physical appearance of that suit that Jahem wore to Whitney Houston’s funeral when the rainbow wasn’t enough. You’ve never heard Jaheim and Usher’s names mentioned together – why? – And Jaheim never heard their names together. But here we are anyway, and you know what, I’m glad we’re here. I have some thoughts, prayers and fears. Here are nine.

1. I’ve listened to more Jaheim music in the past 24 hours than I have in the past 10 years.

For the record, I’m not bragging about this, but I do state it more or less as a fact. The last Jaheim song I could name without Google, “Finding My Way Back” came out in 2010 and this is probably the last time I actively listened to Jaheim’s music. To be fair, Usher didn’t have a profile Success I hit Usher way since early 2010 and didn’t realize it as of this writing. Obviously it’s not the same thing, but I mention the facts.

2. “Awesome” is a single jam jam.

I already forgot how much I loved this song. It’s still crowded in 2022. For example, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ sample “Wake Up Everybody” offers what you need to give (and always will) and the only thing Jaheim can do is sing. If Jaheim walks into your church, you’ll let him step on the microphone and sing a song.

Let’s get some usher stuff here.

3. I’ve had confessions It’s been repeated since Jaheim started showing up.

It’s been nearly 20 years since Usher dropped his gorgeous wow, so it’s easy to forget how massive this album was when it was dropped in 2004. Comparisons to Michael Jackson Thriller They were conflicted, and you know what, they weren’t crazy. This album is very good. From “Throwback” to “Superstar” to “That What It Made For” to “Bad Girl” and so on, that means something because Usher is a cat who has bob after bob and banger after banger. Every accolade that Usher has received has been so well received and deservedly so because from the mid-1990s to the mid-twentieth century, Usher was a Big Joker artist.

4. One thing about him confessions, anyway. I hate the release on streaming services.

I hate that streaming services have the extended version. First, I’ve never really liked Jadakis’ hair about “return” and my CD version doesn’t have it. Likewise, instead of the introduction to “Confessions, Pt. II,” the streaming version contains “Confessions” and I never liked that version. Unfortunately, my physical copy of confessions In a box in stock so I’ll have to listen to Jadakiss rap every time (usually my pleasure, just not on this song) but there are worse problems in life.

5. I think Usher might be unbeatable at Virgos.

I know I know. We continue to have these Essene dialogues about the unbeatable; I’ve been involved in a lot myself. And I don’t think Usher will go 20-0 on anyone, I think Usher has 10 guarantees: “U Make Me Wanna,” “U Don’t have to Call,” “Burn,” “Nice & Slow,” “My Way,” U Remind Me”, “U Got It Bad”, “Superstar”, “Confessions, Pt. II” and “Bad Girl”, and that’s out of my head. I know he has a lot of unbeatable nannies. Again, not quite 20-0 but it’s an easy 11-9 against anyone you can put him in front of.

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Host Usher speaks on stage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

6. Somehow Live Jennings got involved.

Once again, a first time for Usher. We have the triangle of Usher, Jaheim, and Levi Jennings. How, SWAY??? This got even more ridiculous because Lyfe Jennings went on Beyoncé’s internet and announced that he’d never listened to Usher’s song… before telling anyone in the background that it wasn’t until 7. Look, if you’re black in America and over 30, You know “Nice & Slow”, but that’s what Jaheim brings to the table… Cheats from other parties. I am so glad we are here.

7. I’ve spent a real time thinking about how competitive Jaheim can be at Verzuz.

I could name six Jaheim songs off the top of my head (I won’t do that now because I want to talk about one in particular in the next bullet) but I bet most people can’t. If you put a gun to most people’s heads and said, “Name five Jaheim songs,” the streets would get all kinds of bodies. With that, Usher would go 20-0 on Jaheim, and I actually don’t think Jaheim had any song that was so good, so ubiquitous that he’s touring on literally anyone. I am impressed.

8. “Just In Case” is one of my favorite silly songs of all time.

If you remember, Jaheim dropped the song and video for “Just In Case,” a jam where he tries to guilt his lady into committing some sex if he can’t get home. And for the record, this isn’t the “Now I’m Going to Do This Big Drug Deal” song — although the video is. However, the song talks about how much he loved her and what he did to her and he must realize that while he is alive he got it, so in case he dies tonight, how about some of that good love? The more I think about this song, the more I love it. Shout out to Maya Campbell, who appears in the video. This song wouldn’t win any Fairzouz tours but it did win my heart.

9. I will say we all lost due to Jaheim not being in Virgos because he proved to be a bit of a downer.

You all remember Whitney Houston’s funeral outfit, who looks like a very annoyed Hatter. And to say Jaheim has gone through… a hair journey… would be an understatement. I just want to see him on stage (not against an usher) just to see how he appears.

Correction, 10/1/22 2:59 PM: An earlier version of this story misidentified Jaheim in one of the photos. The image has been updated.

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Panama Jackson is a columnist for TheGrio. He writes very black things and drinks brown wine. It is a beautiful fly for a light man.

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