Crush on You (Lil' Kim song)

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"Crush on You"
Single by Lil' Kim featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Lil Cease
from the album Hard Core
Released June 13, 1997 United States
June 23, 1997 United Kingdom
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1996
Genre Hip hop, R&B, dirty rap
Length 4:32
Label Atlantic, Queen Bee Entertainment
Writer(s) Kimberly Jones, Mason Betha, Christopher Wallace, Cameron Giles
Producer(s) Andraeo "Fanatic" Heard
Lil' Kim featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Lil Cease singles chronology
"No Time"
(1996)
"Crush on You'"
(1997)
"Ladies Night (Not Tonight Remix)"
(1997)

"Crush on You" is a single by Lil' Kim from her debut album and features fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. members Lil' Cease & The Notorious B.I.G.. It peaked at number 23 in the UK Singles Chart and number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became Lil' Kim's second consecutive number 1 hit on the Rap Songs chart. The original album version had Lil' Cease rapping alone, while the single version featured him with Lil' Kim. Luther Campbell, Aaliyah and Sheek Louch of The LOX are featured in the music video. The song contains a sample of The Jeff Lorber Fusion's "Rain Dance" from their 1979 album Water Sign.

Background[edit]

The song was meant to be a duet between Kim and Lil' Cease from the beginning, but after filming the video for her debut single "No Time", Kim fell pregnant, she would later decide to abort. After this, Kim took a musical hiatus. This resulted in the album version of the song featuring just Lil' Cease. The single version, retitled as a remix, features Kim.

The "Crush on You" (Remix) was never featured on the "Crush on You" single, it was only featured on the "Not Tonight" single.

In 2013, Ariana Grande sampled the song for her single "Right There" featuring Big Sean, which appears on her debut album Yours Truly. The song has currently reached 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Crush on You" is noted as being the first video to feature the colored wigs that Kim became known for. The theme for the video, the changing floor colors, was based on the film The Wiz. After deciding on the theme, Kim and her stylist thought that her outfits should change to match the floor color, with Kim adding that she should wear wigs to match as well. The video consists of four coloured set ups, blue, yellow, green and red with Kim's outfits and wigs changing throughout to match.

Additionally, singer Aaliyah makes a cameo appearance in the music video.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • UK CD single[2]
  1. "Crush on You" (Squeaky Clean Radio Edit) - 4:00
  2. "Crush on You" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Short / Clean) - 5:39
  3. "Crush on You" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Instrumental) - 7:03
  4. "Crush on You" (Aim Remix) - 4:33
  5. "Crush on You" (Aim Instrumental) 4:33
  6. "Crush on You" (Acapella) 4:32

Chart[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 23
US Billboard Hot 100 6
US Rap Songs 1
Year-end chart (1997) Peak position
US Billboard Hot Dance Maxi-Singles Sales[3] 11
US Billboard Hot R&B Airplay[3] 40

Credits and personnel[edit]

Original version[edit]

Recording
  • Recorded at The Hit Factory
  • Recorded by Tony Black
Personnel
  • Vocals - Lil' Cease
  • Additional vocals - Aaliyah, Notorious B.I.G.
  • Producer - Andreao "Fanatic" Heard"
  • Mixing - Tony Black

Remix version[edit]

Recording
  • Recorded at The Hit Factory
  • Recorded by Axel Niehaus
Personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/1484343/ariana-grande/chart
  2. ^ "Lil' Kim - Crush On You (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1997-01-03. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b Billboard (1997-12-27). "Billboard - 1997 The Year In Music". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 

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