I Can Love You

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This article is about the Mary J. Blige song. For the 1978 song, see Oak Ridge Boys. For the 2003 song, see Gary Allan discography.
"I Can Love You"
CD single cover
Single by Mary J. Blige featuring Lil' Kim
from the album Share My World
Released May 6, 1997
Format CD single
Cassette
Maxi single
Recorded 1996
Genre
Length 4:23
Label MCA
Writer(s) M.J. Blige, L. Blige-DaCosta, R. Jerkins, K. Jones, C. Brody, N. Myrick, C. Wallace
Producer(s) Rodney Jerkins
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Love Is All We Need"
(1997)
"I Can Love You"
(1997)
"Everything"
(1997)
Lil' Kim singles chronology
"Not Tonight"
(1997)
"I Can Love You"
(1997)
"It's All About the Benjamins"
(1998)

"I Can Love You" is a 1997 song by R&B singer Mary J. Blige. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, and featuring a rap cameo by Lil' Kim, it was released as the second single from Blige's third album, Share My World.

Overview[edit]

In addition to featuring Lil Kim herself, the song also features a sample of the song, "Queen Bitch," a track from Kim's debut album Hard Core. "I Can Love You" is also notable for being one of producer Rodney Jerkins' earliest hits.

Release and reaction[edit]

"I Can Love You" was issued as a radio-only promotional single single in America. Ultimately, it peaked at number two on the R&B singles chart and number twenty-eight on the American pop chart. In the UK, the song was released as the b-side to "Missing You".

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot from June 11-12, 1997 at a house and forest, Mary and other people are partying and having fun in the video

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 21
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals by Mary J. Blige
  • Background vocals by Mary J. Blige and LaTonya Blige-DaCosta
  • Rap written and performed by Lil' Kim
  • Produced by Rodney Jerkins

References[edit]