Caught Out There

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"Caught out There"
Single by Kelis
from the album Kaleidoscope
B-side "Suspended"
Released September 19, 1999 (1999-09-19) (U.S.)
January 21, 2000 (2000-01-21) (Europe)
Format CD single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B, alternative hip hop
Length 4:51 (Album Version)
3:35 (UK Radio Edit)
Label Virgin/EMI
Writer(s) Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Kelis singles chronology
"Got Your Money"
"Caught out There"
"Good Stuff"

"Caught out There" is a song by American recording artist Kelis from her debut album, Kaleidoscope. Written and produced by the Neptunes, the song was released as the album's lead single to moderate chart success in the United States, peaking at number fifty-four. The single fared better across Europe, especially in the Netherlands and United Kingdom, where it became her first top-five hit when it peaked at number three and number four, respectively.

The song was used on MuchMusic's Shortest Weddings special. In 2009 the signature yell "I hate you so much right now" was used in the British children's television sitcom Hotel Trubble. The aforementioned signature yell was used in the Daria episode "Partner's Complaint", first aired February 25, 2000. It was also used in BBC3's Most Annoying People 2010, under Tony Blair (11 on the list). In 2011 the yell was used in a Calvin Klein ad for CK One. In 2010, the line "look, I found her red coat" was sampled extensively in the James Blake song "CMYK". Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams said in an interview that the track was originally meant for rapper Busta Rhymes who declined it.[1]

Song information[edit]

In the song, sung in first person, rather than a direct second-person confrontation, she finds out her man has been unfaithful to her and after explaining that "I break" (she dumps him for his infidelity), she sings, first about all the things she has done for the man (verse one), laments about how unfair the infidelity is (verse two) and finally blows a fuse, complete with gun cock (verse three). At the end of each verse, she sings, "Because you're caught out there," urban slang for being caught with your pants down or to be busted for cheating. At the beginning of the chorus, she switches from a light-soul-jazz singing voice of the verses to belting out her frustration: "I hate you so much right now!" Kelis would refer to this song in "Bossy".

Music video[edit]

In the single's music video, directed by Hype Williams,[citation needed] Kelis, in her technicolor spiral afro, blond, gold, orange, red, and fuchsia hair, starts in a confessional style, before opening to the chorus where she rips up the living room. Afterwards, Kelis and a group of fed-up women boycott and picket men. Finally, as she sings, "Got something for y'all," a gun cock is heard and the video finishes by alluding to her exacting revenge for her former lover's infidelity.

Track listings[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "Caught out There" (UK Radio Edit) – 3:36
  2. "Caught out There" (The Neptunes Extended Mix) – 6:23
  3. "Suspended" – 4:53
  4. "Caught out There" (Video)
CD single 2
  1. "Caught out There" (Single Radio Edit) - 4:09
  2. "Caught out There" (The Neptunes Extended Mix) - 6:22
  3. "Caught out There" (LP Version) - 4:51
  4. "Caught out There" (The Neptunes Extended Instrumental Mix) - 6:22
Cassette single
  1. "Caught out There" (UK Radio Edit) – 3:36
  2. "Caught out There" (The Neptunes Extended Mix) – 6:23
  3. "Suspended" – 4:53


Chart (2000) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 26
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[2] 15
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[2] 14
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 10
Dutch Top 40[4] 3
French Singles Chart[2] 96
German Singles Chart[5] 40
Irish Singles Chart[6] 23
Italian Singles Chart[2] 10
New Zealand Singles Chart[2] 32
Norwegian Singles Chart[2] 11
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 10
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 35
UK Singles Chart[7] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 54
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 9


  1. ^ "Pharrell Williams on Surprise Hits, Daft Punk, and Watching Michael Jackson Laugh". Vulture. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Kelis – Caught Out There". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 30, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kaleidoscope – Kelis – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 30, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 8 – 2000". Radio 538 (in Dutch). Top 40. Retrieved December 30, 2007. 
  5. ^ " – Chartverfolgung – Kelis – Caught Out There". Media Control (in German). PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved July 19, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 9 March 2000". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Chart Stats – Kelis – Caught Out There". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved July 19, 2008. 

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