Usher was going through puberty and having a difficult time adjusting his voice. Usher quickly adapted to the lavish lifestyle of Puff Daddy although in an interview with Rolling Stone, he expressed it as the "Hardest days" of his life.
LA Reid became skeptical of Usher and put his recording on hold thinking about dropping him from the label. "I had to knuckle up, figure shit out in New York" he said.
There, his grandmother discovered his ability to sing, although it was not until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally.
In the belief that a bigger city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent, Usher's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for beginning singers.
In 1994, he released his self-titled debut album, Usher.
As he lived at Puff's house in Scarsdale, he noticed that "There was always girls around".
The album received backlash because Usher was singing about sex which the public had a hard time believing coming out of a 14-year-old's mouth.
He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow", amongst top-two singles "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way".
8701 (2001) produced the number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad", and top-three single "U Don't Have to Call".