On Wednesday, January 31st, American Idol season 3 contestant and budding R&B singer Leah LaBelle and her husband Rasual Butler lost their lives in a tragic car accident. Leah was well-known and beloved in the industry, with singers Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Ciara, JoJo and others expressing their grief. In honor of the late singer, her one-time mentor Jermaine Dupri shared a previously unreleased track, “Scumbag.”
“Scumbag” is a lover’s tale of woe from a woman scorned. Over soulful production of strings, drums and synths, LaBelle gives her ex a piece of her mind. “For once I thought I ain’t have to worry / But I found out quick, fast, in a hurry / You’re just another scumbag, ” she sings. LaBelle's vocals effortlessly float across the track, whether she’s belting out powerful notes or sweet harmonies. Of the track, J.D. shared that it was one of his favorites out of the many songs he produced for his protégé.
Originally signed to a joint deal with super producers Dupri and Pharrell Williams, Leah Labelle’s project never saw the light of day. Thankfully, we do have this sweet reminder of what could have been.