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Young Money is best known as the home to rappers Drake, Nicki Minaj and founder Lil Wayne, but if pop singer/songwriter Shanell has her way, her latest song, "2 Seconds Too Late," will expand the label past its hip-hop roots.
A former songwriter for Beyoncé, Ne-Yo and Jennifer Hudson, among others, Shanell was a dancer on Ne-Yo's tour when Lil Wayne signed her to Young Money. Since then, the fledgling singer has performed on the rapper's "I Am Music II" tour and has written Weezy's "Prom Queen" alongside four tracks from his 2010 album Rebirth. After releasing the 2010 mixtape Shut Up and Listen, the singer returns with "2 Seconds Too Late."
Produced by Catalyst, the mournful R&B ballad is anchored by a slow-burning electric guitar and Shanell's plaintive voice. As the title implies, it's a story of bad timing and missed opportunities -- situations that suck for our protagonist, but provide emotional inspiration for Shanell.
+ Listen to Shanell's "2 Seconds Too Late".