The Clutch

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The Clutch
Origin Atlanta
Genres R&B, hip-hop, rap
Years active 2004-2010
Associated acts Keri Hilson, Danja, Timbaland, T.I., Menudo, Bill Jabr, Infinity/Full Scale, Brian Kidd, Hit-Boy, Cristal Q., Bayje, The Goods, Teyana Taylor, Chris Cornell
Website MySpace
Members Candice Nelson
Balewa Muhammad
J. Que
Keri Hilson
Ezekiel Lewis

The Clutch was an American collective of songwriters responsible for a series of successful singles including Omarion's "Ice Box", Ciara's "Like a Boy", Timbaland's "The Way I Are", Britney Spears' "Radar" and Justin Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl".


Based in Atlanta, The Clutch consisted of Candice Clotiel "Gg" Nelson, Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis, Patrick Michael "J. Que" Smith, Balewa Muhammad and Keri Lynn Hilson. Any combination of two or more of the five writers on a song is considered a track "written by The Clutch" as they rarely worked as a complete fivesome.

The Clutch launched many successful record producers, including: Calvo Da Gr8 ("Like a Boy"), Bigg D ("Wrong When You're Gone") and most notably Hit-Boy ("Forever", "Hey Young Girl") The Clutch also wrote songs for some of the most successful producers in modern music including Timbaland, Danja, Bryan-Michael Cox, Bloodshy & Avant and Tricky Stewart.[1][2]


Singles discography[edit]

Year Song Artist Chart position
R&B Hot 100 Pop 100 UK
2005 "Take Me as I Am" Mary J. Blige 3 58 - -
2006 "4 Minutes" Avant 9 52 - -
2007 "Only One U" Fantasia P (36) P P P
"Ice Box" Omarion 12 3 15 14
"Cut Off Time" (feat. Kat DeLuna) BU BU BU
"Stunnas" / "Season's Change" Jagged Edge BU BU BU
"Anonymous" (feat. Timbaland) Bobby Valentino 17 49 - 25
"Rearview (Ridin')" (feat. Ludacris) C C C C
"Forever" Jennifer Lopez C C C C
"Like a Boy" Ciara 6 19 27 16
"That's Right" (feat. Lil' Jon) P P P P
"The Way I Are" (feat. Keri Hilson, D.O.E. & Sebastian) Timbaland 59 3 27 1
"More Than Words (A E I O U)" Menudo P P P P
"Promise Ring" (feat. Ciara) Tiffany Evans 66 - - -
2008 "Double Dutch Bus" Raven-Symoné 35 - - -
"Radar" Britney Spears P 88 67 P
"Pretty Boy" Danity Kane - - - -
"Official Girl" Cassie - - - -
"Long Gone" Chris Cornell P P P P
"It's Over" Jesse McCartney - 62 31 -
"Return The Favor" (feat. Timbaland) Keri Hilson - - - 19
"Part Of Me" Chris Cornell - - - 18
"Never Far Away" - - - -
2010 "One Less Lonely Girl" Justin Bieber - 16 21 10

C Single Release Cancelled

P Promo Only Or Limited Release

BU Reached Only Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart


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