It's Okay (One Blood)

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"It's Okay (One Blood)"
Single by The Game featuring Junior Reid
from the album Doctor's Advocate
Released July 24, 2006 (2006-07-24)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre West Coast hip hop, reggae fusion, gangsta rap
Length 4:17
Label Geffen
Writer(s) D. Collington, Delroy Reid, Sharif Slater, Jayceon Taylor
Producer(s) D-Roc, Reefa
The Game singles chronology
"Put You on the Game"
(2005)
"It's Okay (One Blood)"
(2006)
"Let's Ride"
(2006)
Junior Reid chronology
"One Sufferation"
(2003)
"It's Okay (One Blood)"
(2006)
"Stand Up/Come Fight Me"
(2006)

"It's Okay (One Blood)" is a song by American rapper and West Coast hip hop artist The Game featuring vocals from reggae singer Junior Reid, from his second studio album Doctor's Advocate. Released as the album's lead single on July 24, 2006, the song was written by The Game himself and Junior Reid, and it was produced by D-Roc, and Reefa. The Game himself revealed that the song would be released on July 31, 2006, but actually was released on July 24, 2006. The song was originally to be released on July 4, 2006 but got pushed back by The Game. Jimmy Rosemond, head of Czar Entertainment and The Game's manager, explained how "One Blood" would receive positive radio airplay and prove the talent that The Game had.[1] A supposed original version of the song was released in late January 2011. The song was produced by Dr. Dre.[2]

Background[edit]

When news of The Game's first single was announced by Rosemond, it was revealed simply as "One Blood" and is the name it commonly goes by (also, the words "Blood" and "One Blood" are repeated throughout the song). The song samples Junior Reid's "One Blood" and features Junior Reid himself. According to Reefa, the producer of the song, "One Blood" was mixed by Rap-A-Lot/Tha Dogg Pound affiliated producer Mike Dean for Dean's List Productions. Several lines in the song stirred controversy as to who the lines were aimed at: "You 38 and you still rappin, ugh", was aimed at Jay-Z, as well as a diss at snap music; "Turn on the TV and all you see is the A/You niggaz better make up a dance and try to get radio play/Keep on snapping your fingers, I ain't going away." After he clearly made a diss to Atlanta, GA, The Game later changed his mind about who he was referring to in a radio interview with HOT 107.9 and said the following:

Banks and Buck have albums coming out near to mines, you know what I'm saying? So I'm telling them if they trying to sell some records this time, then they better fly to the "A" and get to, you know, doing something, you know? Y'all make up a dance to the song, you know what I'm saying? It's all good. And you know, just to say it again man, I'M NOT DISSING THE "A"![3]

The Game made a music video for the song, which debuted on BET on August 22, 2006.[4] The video features revised lyrics in order to accommodate television decency standards. There are appearances in the video by Juice, Ya Boy, Nu Jerzey Devil, DJ Skee, Andrew Reid, Wada Blood, Young JR, Mickey Jarrett Jr and Tyrese.

In the song, The Game mentions the following rappers, in order, and some repeated: Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E, Young Jeezy, Lil Jon, The Notorious BIG, Ice Cube, Nas and Tupac Shakur.

This song is also included in the video game Def Jam: Icon for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.[5] It is the fighting song The Game uses.[citation needed]

Remixes[edit]

An official remix was released on November 7, 2006. It features 25 hip-hop artists including The Game. They rap in this order:

The Game also developed 3 regional remixes. They are:

  • One Blood Dirty South Remix: Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Twista, T.I., Chamillionaire, Pitbull, Slim Thug, Young Dro, & Bun B (Begins with "Dre, I'm in the South") The Game only says "Remix" in the chorus.
  • One Blood West Coast Remix: Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, WC, E-40, Crooked I, & Glasses Malone (Begins song with "Dre, I see Gangbangers") The Game has a new verse for this version.
  • One Blood East Coast Remix: Jim Jones, Fabolous, Clipse, Juelz Santana (extended verse), Nas, Jadakiss, Styles P, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E. & Ja Rule (Begins with "Dre, I saved hip-hop") The Game only says "Remix" in the chorus.

All these remixes are available at Mick Boogies - The Dope Game 2.

N.O.R.E. extended his verse with a freestyle in the mixtape "Cocaine On Steroids". Lil Keke has made a freestyle to this song.

Others remixes:

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006–07) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 68
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[8] 49
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 9
Germany (Media Control AG)[10] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 26
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 71
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 33
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[16] 16

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