American Boy by Estelle
"American Boy" is the second single from the album Shine by British R&B singer Estelle and features American rapper Kanye West. The song is her first international single. The song won the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 51st Grammy Awards. The song was listed at #238 on Pitchfork Media's Top 500 songs of the 2000s.Speaking in February 2008 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Estelle explained how the track came about: "We were just messing about in the studio, joking around. And John Legend just said to me 'Why don't you write a song about meeting an American boy?'. So I was like 'Well, that's pretty easy' - because I have a lot of male friends out there in New York. And I unwittingly ended up creating a new ladies' anthem! And Kanye basically just brought his own cheeky self to the track, his own sense of humour. At first he was like 'How can you rap over a dance beat?' - and now he's DONE it!" Show video tutorial!
About the Artist
Estelle was born in West London in 1980 (after which her autobiographical first single was named). She is one of eight children, born to a Senegalese mother and a father from Grenada. Estelle runs her own record label, Stellar Ents, and has released her own material through this - including the two "Da Heat" mixtapes Part 1 and 2, the album The 18th Day and the singles "1980", "Free" and "Go Gone". She featured on Natasha Bedingfield's song "Drop Me In The Middle" for Natasha's U.S. release of Unwritten. She also did a rap verse on a 2006 Omar song, "Lay it down". In addition, she released a song featuring rapper Kanye West titled "American Boy".Estelle was originally signed to Ill Flava Records. label owned by hip hop award winner Karl Hinds, who together with Estelle and Joni Rewind re-released the well known Althia & Donna - 1978 track, "Uptown Top Rankin". Estelle has also worked on various other tracks and videos with Hinds.In 2006, Estelle appeared at the London School Harris City Technology College for a Post 16 Year Of Achievement Night, and she could also be seen in the video for John Legend's single "Save Room". Also in 2006, Estelle joined rapper Kardinal Offishall's Black Jays International, and was eventually signed to singer John Legend's Homeschool Records through Atlantic Records.