Let Me Hold You

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"Let Me Hold You"
Single by Bow Wow featuring Omarion
from the album Wanted
Released March 11, 2005 (2005-03-11)
Format 12" maxi single
CD single
Digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre
Length 4:08
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • No I.D.
Bow Wow singles chronology
"Baby It's You"
(2004)
"Let Me Hold You"
(2005)
"Like You"
(2005)
Omarion singles chronology
"I'm Tryna"
(2005)
"Let Me Hold You"
(2005)
"Entourage"
(2006)
Bow Wow & Omarion singles chronology
"Let Me Hold You"
(2005)
"Girlfriend"
(2007)
Music video
"Let Me Hold You" on YouTube

"Let Me Hold You" is a song by American rapper Bow Wow. It was the first single off his fourth album, Wanted. Released on March 11, 2005, the song features American R&B singer Omarion (the first collaboration they did together). It was co-written and co-produced by frequent producer Jermaine Dupri and No I.D. and uses a sample of Luther Vandross' 1985 version of Brenda Russell's "If Only for One Night".

The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, making this the first top 10 hit for both Bow Wow and for Omarion as a solo artist. It also became a number-one hit for both artists on the Hot Rap Songs chart and stayed there for seven weeks. The song also peaked at numbers 2 and 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts respectively, and reached the top 40 in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. The song was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1,000,000 copies. A music video, directed by Bryan Barber, was made to promote the single and featured Bow Wow and Omarion hanging out at a house party.

Background[edit]

Co-producer Jermaine Dupri was the one who suggested to Bow Wow that he should record the song with Omarion (pictured).

Bow Wow had publicly announced his interpretation of the song's meaning as he stated in an interview with MTV: "Basically the song is me talking to a girl and telling her, 'These are the things I can do for you. Let me hold you down. This is what I want to do for you as a man. These are the things I'm capable of doing for you if you get with me. Just hear me out.' I'm just really talking to the ladies. The song is really special to me, and I love that song."[1] The collaboration began when Bow Wow was talking with producer Jermaine Dupri about the song: "The [way the] whole thing came about [was] me and Jermaine Dupri were in New York, in the studio working, and he was like, 'You need to get Omarion on this.' I said, 'O? That's nothing. I'll call him right now.'"[1]

In a 2011 retrospective of his previous hits with Complex, producer No I.D. said that this was the first time he worked with Jermaine Dupri and was asked by him to bring over his samples to pick one that would be used for a single to finish off the album. He played him the Luther Vandross sample and was hesitant about his initial reaction at first before thinking it over: "So I pulled out the sample and J.D. was like 'That’s it right there!' And I was like 'Word?' We started playing around on the CD turntables and Jermaine was telling me to do the record a certain way. In my heart of hearts, I thought it might fall in corny territory. But I decided to put my mind in the hit place, thinking like a producer who makes hits. What would I need to make this huge?"[2]

Composition[edit]

"Let Me Hold You" was co-written and co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and No ID. It features a sample of Luther Vandross' version of "If Only for One Night", written and originally performed by Brenda Russell.[3] The song is in 4/4 time and in the key of E♭ minor.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Let Me Hold You" was Bow Wow's first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Let Me Hold You" debuted at number 93 on US Billboard Hot 100 for the week of May 21, 2005.[4] Three weeks later, it moved twenty-two spots from number 73 to number 51 for the week of June 11, 2005.[5] It moved eleven spots from number 28 to number 17 for the week of July 2, 2005.[6] It moved four spots from number 15 to number 11 for the week of July 16, 2005.[7] It reached the top ten for the week of July 23, 2005 by moving four spots to number 8.[8] It reached its peak at number 4 and held that spot for three weeks. It spent a total of twenty-four weeks on the chart.[9] With the release of "Let Me Hold You", Bow Wow achieved his first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing his 2003 hit "Let's Get Down" which peaked at number 14.[10] The song was also Omarion's first top ten hit as a solo artist, although he previously had a number-one hit with "Bump, Bump, Bump" as a member of B2K.

Similar to its airplay success, sales peaked lower at number 24 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.[11] Jermaine Dupri, with the inclusion of "Let Me Hold You" in the Hot 100 Airplay chart, had production (or co-production) credit on the current top four songs on that chart ("Let Me Hold You", along with Bow Wow's next single, "Like You", Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off" held positions 1-4). The song was also Bow Wow and Omarion's first entry on the Pop 100, where it peaked at number 14, with an airplay position at number 9.[11] On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and its component airplay (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay) the single peaked at number 2, being kept from the top spot by Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together". The song also became a number-one hit for both artists on the Hot Rap Songs chart for seven weeks[12] and the Rhythmic Top 40 chart for five weeks.[13]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Bryan Barber, features Bow Wow attempting to woo a girl with mixed results. After surprising her at her house, the two attend a house party, but problems arise as she is less social than Bow Wow, who begins talking to other girls. After a brief reconciliation, the two argue again over the music at the party. Once again, the two are able to reconcile, but things remain awkward, and they do not communicate on their return home. The video appears to be an unresolved cliffhanger, but a "to be continued" title is shown as the video ends. (The video's story is continued in Bow Wow's next video, "Like You".) The video features a cameo from the song's co-producer, Jermaine Dupri.

Live performances[edit]

"Let Me Hold You" was a staple at concerts for Bow Wow's 2005 summer tour Scream Tour IV.[14] It was performed at the 2005 American Music Awards on November 22, 2005 as part of a medley with Bow Wow's "Like You" and Omarion's "O".[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2006 2006 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Collaboration Nominated

Formats and track listing[edit]

  • UK CD[16]
    • 1. "Let Me Hold You" (Radio Version) – 4:08
    • 2. "My Baby" (Album Version W.O. Intro) – 3:58
  • UK CD (Promo)[17]
    • 1. "Let Me Hold You" (Radio Version) – 4:08
    • 2. "Let Me Hold You" (Album Version) – 4:08
  • US 12"[18]
    • A1. "Let Me Hold You" (Radio Version) – 4:08
    • A2. "Let Me Hold You" (Instrumental) – 4:08
    • B1. "Let Me Hold You" (Album Version) – 4:08
    • B2. "Let Me Hold You" (Instrumental w/Background Vocals) – 4:08

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of Wanted.[19]

Recording
Personnel
  • Jermaine Dupri – producer, mixer
  • No ID – co-producer
  • John Horesco IV – recording, assistant engineer
  • Tadd Mingo – assistant engineer
  • Brian McCarthy – assistant engineer
  • Gelli – assistant engineer
  • Phil Tan – mixer

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Barber, Andrew (December 23, 2011). "No ID Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records - Bow Wow f/ Omarion "Let Me Hold You"". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
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  4. ^ Jeckell, Barry (May 19, 2005). "'Hollaback' Has Singles Chart Staying Power". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jeckell, Barry (June 9, 2005). "Carey Still 'Belongs' At No.1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jeckell, Barry (June 30, 2005). "Carey Rebound Keeps Bice From Hot 100 No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ Jeckell, Barry (July 14, 2005). "Carey, Stefani, Peas Maintain Singles Lead". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jeckell, Barry (July 21, 2005). "Mariah's 'Together' Holds Off 'Replay' Charge". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
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  10. ^ Bronson, Fred (August 11, 2005). "Chart Beat". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Let Me Hold You" August 13 – September 10, 2005:
  14. ^ Harris, Chris (June 20, 2005). "Bow Wow, Omarion Roll Out Scream IV Summer Dates". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
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