I'm Going Down (Rose Royce song)

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"I'm Going Down"
Single by Rose Royce
from the album Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released September 1976
Format 7" single
Recorded 1976
Genre R&B, soul
Length 3:37
Label Whitfield Records
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
Rose Royce singles chronology
"I Wanna Get Next to You"
"I'm Going Down"
"Do Your Dance"

"I'm Going Down" is a song written and produced by Norman Whitfield, and performed by Rose Royce. The single is from the film Car Wash and is featured on the film's soundtrack.


The Rose Royce (original) version received moderate success. It peaked at number seventy on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number ten on the R&B singles chart. In the film, the song serves as a double entendre, as it compliments the screen time of Maureen, a forlorn prostitute who desperately seeks a chance at true love with "Joe," even as she turns tricks.


Charts (1977) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 58
US Billboard Hot 100 70
US Hot Black Singles 10

Mary J. Blige version[edit]

"I'm Goin' Down"
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album My Life
Released January 18, 1995
Format CD single, maxi single, promo single
Recorded 1994
Length 3:44
Label Uptown, MCA
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Producer(s) Sean "Puffy" Combs and Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Be Happy"
"I'm Goin' Down"
"Mary Jane (All Night Long)"

In 1994, The song would gain more exposure and popularity when it was covered by R&B artist Mary J. Blige for her second album, My Life.[citation needed] She also changed the title from "I'm Going Down" to "I'm Goin' Down". Due to the heavy airplay that it received, Blige's version went to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, reaching number thirteen and on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number twenty-two, making this her second single (after "Be Happy") to reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This song is also frequently performed at many of her concerts and as well as live sets, and receives much more airplay than the original to this day.

Music video[edit]

The music video for Blige's "I'm Goin' Down" was directed from January 14–15, 1995 by Matthew Rolston and features the video in black and white-form, with Blige singing in a club, and wearing an-all black suit with a matching hat, walking downstairs (being duplicated over and over again).


Chart (1995) Peak
UK Singles Chart 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 22[1]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 13[1]

In popular culture[edit]

"Oh Boy" off of Cam'ron's third album Come Home with Me samples the original Rose Royce song. Mariah Carey also sampled the song in her 2002 album Charmbracelet for the song "Boy (I Need You)". Both songs were composed by hip-hop producer Justin "Just Blaze" Smith and are almost identical.

On the episode season 3 finale of Sister, Sister, Tamera (Tamera Mowry) covered the song for a talent show, winning a bet that her sister Tia (Tia Mowry) had with her enemy—and Tamera's opponent, Marva.


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