“American Boy” is a song recorded by British rapper and singer Estelle for her second studio album Shine (2008). It features vocals from American rapper Kanye West. The song was written by Estelle, West, will.i.am, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, and Keith Harris. It was produced by will.i.am, who also produced the album’s previous single, “Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)”, and uses the beat from the song “Impatient” from his own third studio album Songs About Girls (2007). “American Boy” is a breezy disco-funk song that lyrically describes a romance with an American suitor. The song’s conception came after Legend, Estelle’s mentor, suggested she write a song about meeting an American man.
“American Boy” was released by Atlantic Records as the album’s second single on 31 March 2008. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its fresh sound and production. The song reached the top five in many European and Oceanic markets, including Belgium and Estelle’s native United Kingdom where it reached the chart’s summit. It also achieved success in the United States, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming Estelle’s breakout song in the country. The song earned many nominations, and ultimately won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The music video, featuring a variety of celebrity guests, earned a Video Music Award nomination for Best UK Video. As a result of the song’s popularity, Estelle performed it at several award shows and venues.