Let It Go (Keyshia Cole song)

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"Let It Go"
Single by Keyshia Cole featuring Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim
from the album Just Like You
Released June 19, 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Genre R&B, hip hop soul, hip hop
Length 5:14 (Original version)
3:59 (Radio–Album version)
Label Imani/Geffen
Writer(s) Keyshia Cole, Kimberly D. Jones, Melissa A. Elliott, Jack Knight, Cainon Lamb, James Mtume,
Producer(s) Missy Elliott
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Keyshia Cole singles chronology
"Dreamin'"
(2007)
"Let It Go"
(2007)
"Shoulda Let You Go"
(2007)
Lil' Kim singles chronology
"Whoa"
(2006)
"Let It Go"
(2007)
"Download"
(2009)
Missy Elliott singles chronology
"Love Me or Hate Me (Remix)"
(2006)
"Let It Go"
(2007)
"Do It"
(2007)

"Let It Go" is a song by R&B singer Keyshia Cole released as the lead single from her second album, Just Like You (2007). It features rappers Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott. Elliott also produced the song, which samples "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume, and "Don't Stop the Music" by Yarbrough and Peoples. This song also interpolates "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G., who also sampled "Juicy Fruit", and had a relationship with Lil' Kim. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 74 on the issue date of July 7, 2007, and peaked at number 7, becoming Cole's third top ten hit single altogether and first top ten Billboard Hot 100 single as a lead artist. Due to heavy requests, Z100 finally started rotating the track in late September 2007. It also became Cole's first number 1 hit on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was nominated in the 'Best Rap/Sung Collaboration' category at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards to be held February 2008. This song was number 59 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[1] "Let It Go" has sold over one million copies in the U.S. and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[2]

Song information[edit]

"Let It Go" is about female empowerment and failed relationships. It is about "letting go" of a relationship if one partner is not there for the other, and is not interested in showing love or respect. The song "Let It Go" was originally intended for Fantasia for her self-titled album, but she had too many songs on that album, and Cole wanted it after Elliott played it for her. According to 50 Cent in a Hot 97 interview the song was also offered to G-Unit artist Oliva who picked another Missy Elliott track instead. Lil' Kim appears on the record to pay homage to Biggie, as the song is similar to his hit "Juicy".[3]

The song has become Cole's most successful song to date as a lead artist (her most successful song would be (When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me with Sean Paul), peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Remix[edit]

The official "Let It Go" remix—featuring T.I., Missy Elliott and Young Dro—is included on the Just Like You as the final track.

An alternate remix featuring Busta Rhymes and extended verses by Lil' Kim remained unreleased till its Internet leak in 2011.[4]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007)[5][6] Peak
position
German Singles Chart 72
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 29
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21
  2. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ ""The Making of Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go""". Vibe. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Keysha Cole ft Missy Elliott,Lil'kim & Busta Rhymes - Let it Go(Remix)". YouTube. January 10, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Keyshia Cole Picture Pages". Superiorpics.com. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/305806/keyshia+cole/chart

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