97 Words: “Nice & Slow” by Usher

Jordan Listenbee
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Ever-enduring R&B legend, Usher, has undergone a retrospective renaissance thanks to his massively successful Las Vegas residency and the re-release of his iconic breakthrough album, “My Way.” On its second single, “Nice & Slow,” released in 1998, Usher vividly depicts teenage lust and desire, memorably summed up with the line, “I got plans to put my hands in places you’ve never seen, girl you know what I mean.” It’s a song that is truly of its time, yet still sounds current within today’s R&B landscape — a testament to the strength of his catalog, and the impact of his legacy.

Watch the “Nice & Slow” video, stream it here, or order “My Way” on CD.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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