Posted byon 09/26/2012 at 10:36 AM
#3 Estelle, “American Boy” (2008)
What It Was: A travel ad in musical form, featuring a relatively unknown R&B songstress and her observations on Yankee men, which includes the bespoke, cheeky Kanye West.
What Happened Next: The song was everywhere in 2008, winning a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and successfully promoting the merits of traveling anywhere, even if it means hopping the subway to the Brooklyn.
Where Are They Now?: She’s arguably met a lot of American boys since her breakous track emerged on the scene, as Estelle continues to record, releasing her third studio album, All of Me, earlier this year. The LP contains a heavier dance feel thanks to collaborations with David Guetta and Kardinal Official, with a crossover pop smash yet to be heard. With an endorsement from John Legend and Kanye West on speed dialt she’s got the industry cred on her side, but we’ll have to wait and see if she’s capable of producing another Transatlantic sensation that will captivate more than one continent.
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