I'm Good at Being Bad

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"I'm Good at Being Bad"
I'm Good at Being Bad (TLC single - cover art).jpg
"I'm Good at Being Bad" cover
Song by TLC
Released January 23, 1999
Format Promo CD single, Promo vinyl
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 4:39 (re-edited album version)
5:25 (original clean version)
5:39 (original explicit version)
Label LaFace
Writer James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Tony "Prof-T" Tolbert, Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes, Marshall L. Martin, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Belotte, Donna Summer, Morris Dickerson, Charles Miller, Sylvester Allen, Harold Brown, Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, Leroy Jordan
Producer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
FanMail track listing
"No Scrubs"
(5)
"I'm Good at Being Bad"
(6)
"If They Knew"
(7)

"I'm Good at Being Bad" is a song recorded by R&B girl group TLC for their third album, Fanmail. The track was inspired by and is similar to the song "What About" which is featured on Janet Jackson's controversial 1997 album, The Velvet Rope. The song was released as a promotional single from the album around the time "No Scrubs" was sent to radio. Despite not ever receiving an official airplay or commercial release, the song peaked within the top 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Left Eye's rap section of the song was included in the uncut version of the "Unpretty" music video.

Tracklisting[edit]

US CD Promo

  1. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Radio Mix with Rap)
  2. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Radio Mix without Rap)
  3. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Instrumental)
  4. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Call Out Research Hook)

US 12" Vinyl Promo
(LFDP-4390; Released: 1999)

Side A

  1. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Dirty Version) - 4:39
  2. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Clean Version) - 4:42
  3. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Instrumental) - 4:35

Side B

  1. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Dirty Version) - 4:39
  2. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Clean Version) - 4:42
  3. "I'm Good at Being Bad" (Instrumental) - 4:35

Different versions[edit]

The initial pressings of FanMail featured a sample of Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" in "I'm Good at Being Bad", but the sample was removed on later pressings of the explicit version. The removal of the sample shortened the song by exactly one minute from 5:39 to 4:39. The sample was never removed from the clean version, although the clean version did remove the last fourteen seconds of the original, shortening it from 5:39 to 5:25.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 38