The newlyweds team up with Jermaine Dupri to record an ode to married life

By Larry Sutton
May 21, 2008 02:45 PM
Pacific Coast News

Jay-Z and Usher have recorded a new song together, “Best Thing” – an ode to their new status as married men.

“Of course, with the talk of both of us now being newlyweds, there is a question as to why, and is it real?” Usher told MTV Base of the song, which is produced by Janet Jackson’s beau Jermaine Dupri. “Well, if you hear that [song], you’ll understand what [Jay-Z] meant when he says, ‘Seeds becomes plants/ Boys become men/ You’ve got to grow up, not down.’ “

The song kicks off with Jay-Z speaking of a bachelor who is resistant to getting married: “Can’t give a ring up/ I couldn’t give a f—, how could I give a finger?/ Let alone half baths and closets/ So claustrophobic, in fear of close objects.”

Usher, meanwhile, playing an unfaithful boyfriend, sings: “Listen, is there any chance that you remember me being any more than just a horrible man? And would you consider pullin’ this trigger and taking a second shot at romance?/ Oh baby, I want the days when you were my girl and I was your man/ Know I took you for granted/ But it wasn’t until now I see how much I miss you.”

Jay-Z, 38, married Beyoncé Knowles, 26, in April. Usher, 29, married stylist Tameka Foster, 38, last August. The pair have a son together.