Ciara feat. Missy Elliott
Released: 11th April 2005.
If you take Beyoncé's urban good looks, add Jennifer Lopez's amazing soul-inspired voice, stir in Ashanti and Kelis, you'll get Ciara, the hotly tipped crunk'n'B star. After causing much havoc on both sides of the pond with her No. 1 smash hit "Goodies", she's teamed up with the queen of rap, Missy Elliott, to deliver a funky R&B track, "1, 2 Step". Expect to hear this all summer, and by June you'll probably have had enough of it, but in the meantime, soak up one of the year's greatest tracks that ticks all the right boxes.
Like "Goodies", Ciara's second single was ominously No. 1 for an age in America, and epitomises the new, cheap-sounding, 'crunk' style. It is even more obvious that Ciara cannot sing, and even a guest vocal by the usually fantastic Missy Elliot makes this track no less forgettable.