Fantasia Barrino recorded “When I See U” for her second studio album, Fantasia (2006).
It was written by Louis Biancaniello, Wayne Nugent, Erika Nuri, Kevin Risto, Janet Sewell, and Sam Watters. Midi Mafia and Mzmeriq produced it.
It was released as the second single from the album in April 2007 and received favorable reviews from reviewers.
Rappers Remy Ma, Young Jeezy, Lumidee, B.G., and Polow da Don appeared on three of the remixes that followed the song’s digital release.
When Florida rapper Foolio released his single “When I See You” in 2021, he substantially sampled the tune.
One of only fourteen songs in history to do so, it spent a full year at the top of the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after its debut.
On the chart’s decade-ending ranking, it eventually peaked at number eight.
For Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song in December 2007, “When I See U” received two Grammy Award nominations.
At the 50th Grammy Awards presentation, “No One” by Alicia Keys triumphed in both categories.