Usher drops surprise album, ‘“A”’

    All eight songs on it were produced by Zaytoven.

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    Here’s an unexpected missive, straight out of Atlanta: Usher’s new album, “A,” which is entirely produced by pianist-producer and trap hitmaker Zaytoven.

    It’s not the first time both Atlanta natives have worked together: Zaytoven won a Grammy in 2011 for his production work on “Papers,” off Raymond v Raymond. But it’s certainly the most trap-aligned album of Usher’s career so far—he links up again with Future, whom he worked with on his last album, Hard II Love, and also collaborates with trap upstart Gunna.

    What do you think of Usher’s pivot to trap? Listen to the album below and let us know: