Lock U Down

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"Lock U Down"
Single by Mýa featuring Lil' Wayne
from the album Liberation
Released March 27, 2007
(see release history)
Format Download, 12"
Recorded 2006
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 4:11
Label Universal Motown
Writer(s) Jason Boyd, Dwayne Carter, Mýa Harrison, Scott Storch
Producer(s) Scott Storch
Mýa singles chronology
"Ayo!"
(2006)
"Lock U Down"
(2007)
"Ridin'"
(2007)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"You Ain't Know"
(2007)
"Lock U Down"
(2007)
"Speaker/9mm"
(2007)

"Lock U Down" is a song by American recording artist Mýa Harrison taken from her fourth studio album Liberation (2007). It was written by Harrison along with Jason Boyd, Dwayne Carter, and Scott Storch, with production handled by the latter, and features Young Money rapper Lil' Wayne. The song was released as the album's official leading single after "Ayo!" failed to find success on the charts and at radio and was eventually deemed as a promotional single only.[1] The lyrics of the R&B-collaboration speak of a woman locking her man down when she has found the right one.

The song received generally mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, who found that "Lock U Down" sounded dated and was a poor choice as a single. Also a commercial disappointment, it failed to chart on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; peaking below the chart at number one hundred and number one on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart only. The song’s accompanying music video was filmed by director Benny Boom. It featured Harrison and Lil Wayne in abandon warehouse. The video made its world premiere on BET’s 106 & Park on April 25, 2007.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Sentinel's editor Brandon Brooks gave Lock U Down a positive review. He called Lock U Down a sure fire hit;complimenting on Harrison's vocal performance saying she has grown up over the years and sound rejuvenated than ever before.[3]

Music video[edit]

The Benny Boom-directed music video for the track was premiered on 106 & Park on April 25, 2007.[2] The heavy dance-laid video includes Mýa dancing in a seemingly abandoned warehouse. Mýa performs a dance routine with a few back-up dancers during the video. Lil' Wayne stands next to Mýa when rapping his verses, and Mýa is sometimes seen mouthing the words to his rap. Towards the end of the video, Mýa is seen partying with a couple of friends.[4]

Tracklisting and formats[edit]

US 12" single[5]
A1 "Lock U Down" (Clean) – 3:34
A2 "Lock U Down" (Instrumental) – 3:34
B1 "Lock U Down" (Main) – 3:34
B2 "Lock U Down" (Acapella) – 3:28

Chart[edit]

Charts (2007) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[6] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States March 6, 2007 Rhythmic/Crossover[7] Universal Motown
March 27, 2007 Digital download[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Music: Mya feat. Lil Wayne - "Lock U Down"". About.com. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Mya Video Walk-On - 106 & Park: Top 10". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Bump It Or Dump It". High Beam. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Director Videography". MVD Base. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Mýa* Feat. Lil Wayne – Lock U Down(Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (2007-05-12)". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  7. ^ "Available For Airplay". FMQB. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  8. ^ "Lock U Down (feat. Lil Wayne) – Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2011-08-09.