Five months after the release of Raymond V Raymond -- shortly after the album went platinum -- a deluxe edition containing a second disc was released.
Containing eight songs and dubbed Versus, the second disc was also spun off as a separate release, sparing devout Usher fans from the irritation of buying Raymond V Raymond a second time.
(Perhaps LaFace learned a lesson when they pulled that stunt with the deluxe edition of Confessions).
With the peculiar addition of Raymond V Raymond's “There Goes My Baby,” the number one R&B song at the time of release, the stand-alone Versus technically contains nine songs.
It mostly resembles a batch of leftovers from his weakest album, even though it functioned as a momentum maintainer.
Two other songs, the Euro-pop club track “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” and the sleazed-up “Hot Tottie” (featuring a Jay-Z guest verse), were on the R&B chart before the disc was issued.
For the most part, Versus falls in line with its parent release’s mix of detached hedonism and pleading heartache.
Just the same, no matter its success, it’s laced with innocuous Euro-pop, merely passable contemporary R&B productions, and Pretty Ricky-level couplets like “I’m tryin’ to get you home and get your clothes off/Skeet-skeet a couple off and then you doze off.”.