Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)

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"Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)"
Single by Mariah Carey featuring Mystikal
from the album Glitter
Released December 10, 2001
Format CD single, 12" single
Genre R&B, hip hop, funk
Length 3:37
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Mariah Carey, DJ Clue, Duro, Mystikal, Tom Browne, Carrollyne Smith
Producer(s) Mariah Carey, DJ Clue, Duro
Mariah Carey chronology
"Never Too Far"
"Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)"
"Never Too Far/Hero Medley"
Mystikal chronology
"Danger (Been So Long)"
"Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)"
"Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)"
Music sample
21 second sample of Mariah Carey's "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)"

"Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" is a song written and produced by American singer Mariah Carey, DJ Clue, Duro, and Mystikal, and recorded for Carey's tenth album Glitter (2001). It is built around a sample of the 1980 song "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" produced by Tom Browne and Toni Smith, and it features rapped parts by Mystikal. Mystikal raps—in a voice evocative of "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown -- about wild times during the song's verses, while Carey repeatedly tells him "don't stop" in the chorus. It was released as the album's third single in 2001.

Like the preceding singles from the album (with the exception of "Loverboy"), "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" was a commercial disappointment. It did not chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but it appeared at number 23 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which represents the twenty-five singles below the Hot 100's number 100 position which have not yet appeared on the Hot 100. Whereas "Never Too Far" (the album's second single) was solicited primarily to the pop and adult contemporary market, "Don't Stop" was pushed more toward the R&B and rhythmic market. It reached the top forty in the UK and Australia, as part of a double A-side with "Never Too Far."

The single's music video fared much better than the song, receiving heavy airplay on MTV. Directed by Sanaa Hamri, it has the theme of southern bayous and lifestyles and presents Carey and Mystikal in "southern style" clothes and hairstyles. Some shots feature three versions of Carey singing into one microphone on the screen at one time. "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" appears in a scene of the film Glitter, when producer Julian "Dice" Black has met Billie Frank (played by Carey) and invites her to an impromptu freestyle jam session in his club.

Critical reception[edit]

Slant Magazine editor Sal Cinquemani wrote: "But not all of Glitter is, ahem, gold. Carey is relegated to a virtual hood ornament of Don't Stop."[1]

Formats and track listings[edit]

European CD single

  1. "Never Too Far" (Edit)
  2. "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" (featuring Mystikal)

Australian/European CD maxi-single

  1. "Never Too Far" (Edit)
  2. "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" (featuring Mystikal)
  3. "Loverboy" (Drums Of Love)
  4. "Never Too Far" (The Video)


Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 36^
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 4^
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[4] 1^
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 67^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[6] 16^
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 65^
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 32^
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 23
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 42

^ "Never Too Far" / "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)"


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