911 (Wyclef Jean song)

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"911"
Single by Wyclef Jean featuring Mary J. Blige
from the album The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
Released June 27, 2000
July 11, 2002 (Australia)
Format CD5, CD3
Recorded February 2000
Genre R&B, soul
Length 4:19
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Brown, M./Jean, Wyclef/Duplessis, Jerry "Te Bass"/Cadet, K.
Producer(s) Jerry Duplessis, Wyclef Jean, Sedeck
Wyclef Jean chronology
"It Doesn't Matter"
(2000)
"911"
(2000)
"Perfect Gentleman"
(2001)
Mary J. Blige chronology
"Your Child"
(2000)
"911"
(2000)
"Family Affair"
(2001)

"911" is a duet between rap singer Wyclef Jean and soul music singer Mary J. Blige. It was released in the summer of 2000 off Wyclef's second disc, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book and was later included on Blige's compilation Reflections (A Retrospective). The song had success worldwide, particularly in Scandinavian countries.

Music and video[edit]

The song depicted two star-crossed lovers in a web of drama with the male narrator running from police while the female narrator worries forlornly over him. The relationship is apparently under external pressures, as Jean sings, "messing around with you is gonna get (the man) life", and later reflecting "it's worth the sacrifice".

It samples Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians' "What I Am", some excerpts can be found in the mix versions from James Brown's "The Payback".

Chart performances and awards[edit]

"911" was a hit for the two singers as it reached #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was very successful in Sweden and in Norway where it reached number-one for almost two months. It earned a Platinum disc in Norway. It was also a top ten hit in Ireland, UK, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Finland.

It was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a duo or group in 2001.

Track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "911".[1]

Personnel[edit]

  • Recorded and mixed at the Hit Factory (NYC)
  • Co-producer - Sedeck
  • Engineer - Andy Grassi, Michael McCoy
  • Mixing - Andy Grassi
  • Producer - Jerry Duplessis, Wyclef Jean
  • Vocals - Mary J. Blige
  • Backing vocals - MB
  • Video director - Marcus Raboy
  • Video editing - Bruce Ashley

Charts and sales[edit]

Charts[edit]

Successions[edit]

Preceded by
"My Love" by Westlife
Swedish number-one single
November 30, 2000 - December 28, 2000 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes
Preceded by
"Maybe Baby" by Christian Strand
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
53/2000 - 5/2001 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ms. Jackson" by Outkast

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wyclef Jean featuring Mary J. Blige — "911"". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ""911", in various singles charts". Lescharts. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Irish Singles Chart, database". Irishcharts. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  4. ^ ""911", UK Singles Chart". Chartstats. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  5. ^ a b ", Billboard charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  6. ^ "2001 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  7. ^ "2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  8. ^ "2001 French Singles Chart". Snep. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  9. ^ "2001 Swiss Singles Chart". Hitparade. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Certification for every country in the world". IFPI. Archived from the original on 10 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  11. ^ "2001 French certifications". Snep. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Norwegian certifications". Ifpi. Retrieved 2009-08-11.