I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)

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"I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)"
Single by Keith Sweat featuring Lil' Mo
from the album Didn't See Me Coming
Released October 31, 2000[1]
Format 12" vinyl, digital download
Recorded The Sweat Shop
(Atlanta, Georiga)
Genre R&B
Length 4:06
Label Elektra/Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Cynthia "Lil' Mo" Loving
Producer(s) Barry Salter, Keith Sweat, Jules Bartholomew
Keith Sweat singles chronology
"I'm Not Ready"
(1999)
"I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)"
(2000)
"Real Man"
(2000)
Lil' Mo singles chronology
"Whatever"
(2000)
"I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)"
(2000)
"Put It on Me"
(2000)

"I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" is the lead single by R&B singer Keith Sweat featuring former label-mate Lil' Mo from Sweat's seventh album, Didn't See Me Coming (2000). The song was solely written by Mo and featured production by Sweat, Barry Salter and Jules Bartholomew. An autotuned remix produced by Walter "Mucho" Scott was released to vinyl pressings and appeared on Sweat's album as an interlude in the form of a snippet.[2][3] A music video for the single was directed by J. Jesses Smith and premiered on BET in late September 2000.[4][5]

In 2005, the song served as a sample for R&B singer Jhené Aiko's song, "Right Here," from the Disney Channel soundtrack, The Proud Family (2005).

Background[edit]

Sweat confirmed in an interview with Billboard that the concept behind the song was self-explanatory as given in the song's title.[6] He further explained, "I'll trade whatever I have to have somebody who's down with me for me. That person doesn't have to have a million bucks. It pertains to anybody who has just a little something."[6] In addition, Sweat was in talks to release an international remix featuring South African songstress Lebo Mathosa, however it was never released.[7] At the time of its recording, the South African press revealed that Mathosa had recorded her vocals in a Johannesburg studio and sent it off to the US for final mixing.[7][8]

Critical reception[edit]

The song met generally favorable reviews. Elysa Gardner from Vibe named the song a "slow-groove scorcher" and praised Lil' Mo for her capability in being a "sexy duet partner."[9] Vinny Brown, PD of New York City's radio station WBLS-FM cited the single as being "classic Keith Sweat," and added: "Keith has proven to be a core artist... [and] continues to give the people what they want."[6] AllMusic editor Ed Hogan nicknamed the track a "lonely superstar duet ballad."[3]

Track listings and formats[edit]

Digital download[10]
  1. "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" (Radio Edit) — 4:06
12" vinyl[2]
  1. "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" (Remix)
  2. "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" (Remix Instrumental)
  3. "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" (Album Version)
  4. "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" (Instrumental)
  5. "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" (Acappella)

Charts[edit]

While the song went on to attain strong urban radio airplay (charting at #34 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay),[11] the song failed to make an entry on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Sweat's first lead single to miss that chart.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[12] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I'll Trade a Million Bucks - Keith Sweat > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Keith Sweat - I'll Trade (A Million Bucks) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Hogan, Ed. "Didn't See Me Coming - Keith Sweat > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Keith Sweat - "I'll trade (million bucks)"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Billboard: Video Monitor." Billboard. October 14, 2000: 109. Print.
  6. ^ a b c Hall, Rashaun. "Keith Sweat Goes Gritty On New Set." Billboard. October 28, 2000: 29. Print.
  7. ^ a b "Locals on a roll." Drum: A Magazine of Africa for Africa. African Drum Publications, 2000: 116. Print.
  8. ^ Mojapelo, Max (2008), Beyond Memory: Recording the History, Moments and Memories of South African Music, African Minds, p. 177, ISBN 978-1-920299-28-6 
  9. ^ Gardner, Elysa. "Revolutions > Keith Sweat: Didn't See Me Coming. Vibe. December 2000: 204. Print.
  10. ^ "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks) [Radio Edit] - Single by Keith Sweat". iTunes. Apple.com. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Billboard: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay." Billboard. December 16, 2000: 32. Print.
  12. ^ "Didn't See Me Coming - Keith Sweat > Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 24, 2013.