Doin' It (LL Cool J song)

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"Doin' It"
Single by LL Cool J featuring Leshaun
from the album Mr. Smith
B-side Hey Lover
Released January 20, 1996 (1996-01-20)
Format CD single
Recorded 1995 at Platinum Island Studios engineer Mario Rodriguez and Vaughn Sessions
Genre R&B, porn rap, new jack swing
Length 4:40
Label Def Jam
Writer(s) James Todd Smith
Producer(s) Rashad "Ringo" Smith, LL Cool J
LL Cool J featuring Leshaun singles chronology
"Hey Lover"
"Doin It"
Mr. Smith track listing
"Hey Lover
"Doin' It"
"Life As..."
All World: Greatest Hits track listing
"I Need a Beat"
"Doin It"

"Doin' It" is the second single from LL Cool J's sixth album, Mr. Smith, and was released on January 20, 1996 for Def Jam Recordings. Based around a sample of Grace Jones' "My Jamaican Guy", it also featured LeShaun, production from Rashad "Ringo" Smith and LL Cool J.

"Doin' It" was a success for LL Cool J, making it to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Billboard charts. On the B-side was the previous single, "Hey Lover".

The remix featured on the soundtrack to The Nutty Professor samples the Art of Noise's "Moments in Love."

The crowd noise played throughout the song, shouting "Go Brooklyn", is sampled from "Top Billin'" by Audio Two. Keri Hilson sampled this song in her song "Do It" featuring Tank for her debut album In a Perfect World.

The song has the singers rapping about their sexual desire for each other.[1][2]

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in December 1995, and it was directed by Hype Williams.[citation needed] LeShaun did not appear in the music video, as she was pregnant at the time, so different models took her place and lip syncs her parts.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Doin It" (LP Version)- 4:40
  2. "Doin It" (Unarmed Version)- 4:05


  1. "Hey Lover" (Street Version)- 4:04
  2. "Hey Lover" (Street Instrumental)- 4:04


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Germany (Media Control Charts)[3] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 16
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 47
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 15
Billboard Hot 100 9
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 7
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 2
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 3
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 17

Year-End charts[edit]

End of year chart (1996) Position
Dutch Top 40[8] 76
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 61


  1. ^ The Genres, Prosody and Pragmatics of Rap Said Abir Anbari - 2011 - Page 6 "There are also songs in which a male and a female performer rap together about their (sexual) desire for each other, for instance, in the song “Doin' It” (1996) of LL Cool J and LeShaun (see app., p. 42)."
  2. ^ S2S Magazine - "Jamie Foster Brown - 1996 Page 22-"LL Cool J: Sexually explicit? All right, if you want to call it that. Jennifer: You don 't agree? LL Cool J: I mean, not particularly. I think that some of it is adult oriented, but that's the nature of that particular song, "Doin' It." That's the only song you're ..."
  3. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  4. ^ " – LL Cool J – Doin' It" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  5. ^ " – LL Cool J – Control Myself". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  6. ^ " – LL Cool J – Doin' It". Singles Top 60. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "LL Cool J – Doin' It –". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  8. ^ "Top 40 1996". Dutch Top 40. MegaCharts. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27.