All I Have (song)

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"All I Have"
Single by Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J
from the album This Is Me... Then
Released December 2002[1][2]
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded October 16–17, 2002
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 4:14
Label Epic
Writer(s) Jennifer Lopez, James Todd Smith, Makeba Riddick, Curtis Richardson, Ron G, Dave McPherson, Lisa Peters, William Jeffrey
Producer(s) Cory Rooney, Ron G, Dave McPherson
Jennifer Lopez singles chronology
"Jenny from the Block"
(2002)
"All I Have"
(2002)
"I'm Glad"
(2003)
LL Cool J singles chronology
"Luv U Better"
(2002)
"All I Have"
(2003)
"Paradise"
(2003)
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"All I Have" is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez, featuring American rapper LL Cool J. Written by Lopez, Makeba Riddick, Curtis Richardson, and Ron G and produced by Cory Rooney, Ron G, and Dave McPherson, it was released in December 2002 as the second single from Lopez's third studio album, This Is Me... Then (2002).

"All I Have" samples "Very Special" by Debra Laws's, who later filed a lawsuit in 2003 against Sony Music Entertainment for "misappropriating her voice" in the song and her name in the credits. The song is a midtempo R&B and hip-hop ballad, about moving on after a breakup. It received favorable reviews from music critics who applauded the chemistry between Lopez and LL Cool J.

The song was a huge success on the charts, reaching number one in the United States (remaining at the top for four weeks) and New Zealand, and entered the top five and the top ten in several countries. After the success of "All I Have" with LL Cool J, the track was included on the re-issue of his album 10. The song was ranked as the 15th most successful song on the Billboard Hot 100 of 2003.

Background and release[edit]

While recording for her new album, Lopez stated, "Every album I do, I've noticed that it's really indicative of what you're going through," she said. "Who you are at that time, what kind of music you like, what kind of beats you're into, what kind of state of mind you're in, what you're attracted to... it's all very telling of where you are in your life at that point... Twenty years from now, if I give this [album] to one of my kids, I'll be like, 'This was me then, at that moment.'" [3] On October 19, 2002, in an interview for BBC Radio 1, American rapper LL Cool J revealed that he recorded a song for Lopez's then-upcoming album, stating, "Just did a record with Jennifer Lopez two days ago," LL revealed. "We did a new song for her album. Well it's actually, I think, going to be her next single - it's a lot of fun, a lot of fun. It's got like a mid-tempo beat, pretty melody, you know what I'm saying. I'm rapping, she's singing. We go back and forth with stuff. It's kind of cool, it's fly."

"All I Have" was released as the second single from "This Is Me... Then" (2002), on February 11, 2003 in some countries,[4] and March 10, 2003 around the world,[5] following the success of her hit "Jenny From the Block" (2002) and his hit "Luv U Better". Cool J later added the song to the special edition of his album "10", and did another song with Lopez, entitled "Control Myself", for his album "Todd Smith" (2006).

Composition and critical response[edit]

"All I Have" was written by Jennifer Lopez, James Todd Smith, Makeba Riddick, Curtis Richardson, Ron G and Dave McPherson, while production was handled by Cory Rooney, Ron G and McPherson. The song features sample from Debra Laws's song "Very Special", written by Lisa Peters and William Jeffrey.[6] The song is a duet with the American rapper LL Cool J. "All I Have" is a midtempo R&B and hip hop ballad, about keeping your head up after breaking up with someone,[3] with Lopez trying to end her relationship with LL Cool J, while he tries to "make up" with her.[7] Although not explicit, rumours pointed out that "All I Have" conjures up her public split with P. Diddy.[3]

Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly praised "LL Cool J's "high-spirited guest" on "All I Have",[8] while Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine wrote that both "playfully interpolate Debra and Ronnie Laws' 'Very Special'."[9] Michael Blaszkowski of 411 Mania wrote that the song "hits, and although it sounds similar to the first tracks [of This Is Me Then...], it has a certain 'listenableness' (a word the author coined) to it."[10]

Chart performance[edit]

On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, "All I Have" debuted at number twenty-five the last charting week of 2002, which was December 28, easily becoming the highest-debuting song of that year. "All I Have" made impressive strides on the survey, reaching the top of the charts by February 8, 2003, knocking B2K's "Bump, Bump, Bump" featuring P. Diddy. It became the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio, climbing from 5 to number 1, giving Lopez her fourth (and last, so far) number-one on the chart, and earning LL Cool J his first (and only) in his long career.[11] It remained for four weeks at the top of the Billboard charts, being knocked by 50 Cent's "In Da Club".[12] It also attained the top position on the Pop Songs chart,[13] and it reached number 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[14] In the United Kingdom, "All I Have" peaked at number 2, becoming Lopez's highest charting-single since 2001's "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (which peaked at number-one). Curiosly, years later, Lopez's collaboration with LL Cool J in his track "Control Myself" also peaked at number 2, on May 13, 2006.[15]

Elsewhere, the single also proved to be successful. In New Zealand, "All I Have" debuted at number 42 on the RIANZ chart, on March 2, 2003. After climbing to number 35 and 33, the song gave a huge climb to number 2, while the next week the song peaked at number-one, becoming Lopez's second number-one single (the first being "If You Had My Love").[16] It was later certified "gold" by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, for selling over 7,500 copies.[17] In Australia, the song was also a success, debuting at number 3 on the ARIA Charts, becoming her fastest debut on the ARIA charts. It later spent 3 weeks at number 5, before climbing and remaining for two weeks at number 4. Finally, the song jumped and peaked at number 2, on May 4, 2003.[4] It was later certified "platinum" by the Australian Recording Industry Association, for selling over 70,000 units.[18]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single, directed by Dave Meyers, was shot in New York City in November 2002 and released on January 6, 2003.[19] According to a synopsis provided by Meyers' production company, "They keep seeing visions of each other, and you get the feeling that they are still very much in love, yet they don't get back together because they feel that this is the best thing for them. It will have a very happy winter wonderland-type feel, but a sad vibe."[19] The video was shot right before Thanksgiving, but did not premiere on television until after Christmas.[19]

Synopsis[edit]

The video features Lopez and LL as former lovers now broken up. The two recall the good and bad times while dealing with being alone for the holidays. Lopez shows up to LL's house with a gift. With him not there, she puts the gift under the tree. He later sees the gift under the tree and realizes it was from Lopez. He opens the gift and sees a golden key. Upset at the relationship being over, he throws the key in the fireplace while a tearful Lopez gets help from her friends with her things.[19]

Reception[edit]

While analyzing her DVD "The Reel Me" (which contains her music videos), Jason Shawhan of About.com called it a "Christmastime breakup theme" and "a nice shout-out to 'No Me Ames' in terms of its hyperexaggerated emotions, but the most notable aspect of the audiovisual experience is the Debra Laws's "Very Special" sample which runs counterpoint to the Lopez/LL Cool J interplay."[20]

Awards and promotion[edit]

The song was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards in 2003 on the categories, "Choice Music Single" and "Choice Music Hook-Up",[21] but lost it for Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi" and 50 Cent and Nate Dogg's "21 Questions", respectively.[22]

To promote the track, Lopez and LL Cool J performed the track on Today and Top of the Pops. Lopez also performed the track, without LL Cool J, on her two tours, the first being the "Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony en Concierto" (2007) and the last being the "Dance Again World Tour" (2012).

Controversy and lawsuit[edit]

Even with the success of the song, in March 2003, Debra Laws sued Sony Music Entertainment/Epic Records in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that the use of samples from "Very Special" without her consent (even though the writers of "Very Special" and Elektra Entertainment Group—successor to Elektra/Asylum Records, which had released the original recording of "Very Special"—had given their consent to the use of the samples) violated her statutory and common law right of publicity under California law. In November 2003, Judge Lourdes Baird granted Sony Music's motion for summary judgment on the ground that Laws's state law claims were preempted by Section 301 of the United States Copyright Act. In 2006, that decision was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[23]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Australia Platinum[18]
New Zealand Gold[17]

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