Back Then

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"Back Then"
Single by Mike Jones
from the album Who Is Mike Jones?
Released February 15, 2005
Format 7"
Recorded 2004
Genre Southern hip hop
Length 4:05
Label Swishahouse
Writer(s) Mike Jones
Producer(s) Salih Williams
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Mike Jones singles chronology
"Still Tippin'"
"Back Then"

"Back Then" is a single released from Houston-based rapper, Mike Jones. The track is the second single from Mike Jones' debut album, Who Is Mike Jones? The single was released in 2005.

Song information[edit]

The song deals with the popularity and sexual attention rappers receive because of their money, contrasts, and the way Jones was treated before achieving success. The song is sometimes seen as a critique of effects of fame; conversely, it is often considered to present a misogynistic or chauvinistic attitude toward women. The following line, which is repeated many times during the song, sums up the general attitude of the lyrics: "Back then hoes didn't want me / Now I'm hot hoes all on me." Written by Daunte Moore, who died before the song was released.

Chart performance[edit]

The single became Mike Jones' most successful single to date, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, performing better than his last single "Still Tippin'", which only peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The single became a success on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart where it peaked at #6 and #15 respectively, while becoming a moderate hit on the Pop 100 chart where peaked only at #45. The song was also a moderate success on the Hot Digital Songs chart, where it peaked at #26 and eventually went Platinum, becoming Jones' first platinum single.