The Clutch

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The Clutch
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresR&B, hip-hop, rap
Years active2004–2010
Associated actsKeri Hilson, Danja, Timbaland, T.I., Menudo, Bill Jabr, Infinity/Full Scale, Brian Kidd, Hit-Boy, Cristal Q., Bayje, The Goods, Teyana Taylor, Chris Cornell
MembersCandice Nelson
Balewa Muhammad
J. Que
Keri Hilson
Ezekiel Lewis

The Clutch was an American collective of songwriters and record producers based in Atlanta, consisted of Candice Clotiel "Gg" Nelson, Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis, Patrick Michael "J. Que" Smith, Balewa Muhammad and Keri Lynn Hilson. They are 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".

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 produced[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 5 12 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