Magic Stick

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"Magic Stick"
Single by Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent
from the album La Bella Mafia
Released April 8, 2003
Format Digital download
Recorded 2002
Genre Hip hop, dirty rap
Length 6:00 (album version)
3:31 (radio edit)
Label Atlantic, Queen Bee Entertainment; Shady, Aftermath
Writer(s) Curtis Jackson, Kimberly Jones
Producer(s) Carlos "Phantom of the Beat" Evans
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Lil' Kim singles chronology
"Ten Commandments"
(2003)
"Magic Stick"
(2003)
"Can't Hold Us Down"
(2003)
50 Cent singles chronology
"In da Club"
(2002)
"Magic Stick"
(2003)
"21 Questions"
(2003)

"Magic Stick" is a song performed by American hip hop recording artist Lil' Kim, released on April 8, 2003, as the second single from her third studio album La Bella Mafia (2003). The song features fellow American rapper 50 Cent and was produced by Carlos "Fantom of the Beat" Evans. Despite not having a physical release or music video, the song performed well on the charts, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, due to high airplay. The song has sold 2 million copies.[1]

Background[edit]

The song samples "It Be's That Way Sometimes" by Joe Simon. The song was originally written for 50 Cent's album Get Rich or Die Tryin', and featured rapper Trina. After Trina sent her verse back to 50 Cent, he decided that she wasn't suited well for the song. 50 Cent then sent the song to Lil' Kim.[2] Lil' Kim failed to send the song back to 50 Cent in time to make the deadline for Get Rich or Die Tryin', so 50 Cent let Kim use it for her album, La Bella Mafia.[3] A sequel to "Magic Stick", titled "Wanna Lick (Magic Stick, Pt. 2)", was recorded by the pair and released on Kim's 2008 mixtape Ms. G.O.A.T..

Chart Performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 26, 2003 at #75.[4] It peaked at #2 in its 12th week on the chart, staying there for three weeks, despite not having a corresponding music video. It was kept off the top spot by Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love".[5] A video was scheduled to be shot, but problems between Lil' Kim and 50 Cent caused the shoot to be canceled. It did, however, receive massive radio airplay, peaking at #1 on the airplay chart. It spent a total of 24 weeks on the Hot 100.[6] It became Kim's highest charting single as a lead artist and her second highest overall, behind "Lady Marmalade". It also became 50 Cent's second overall top-ten and top-three single.

Lawsuit[edit]

In September 2007, producer Carlos "Phantom of the Beat" Evans sued 50 Cent, Lil' Kim, and their record labels for failing to pay royalties.[7]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MTV News (September 13, 2007). "'Idol' Judges Rate Britney Spears' VMA Performance; Plus Lil' Kim, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani & More, In For The Record". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=OREEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA70&dq=billboard%20magazine%2050%20cent%20magic%20stick%20trina&pg=PA70#v=onepage&q&f=false
  3. ^ MTV News (March 27, 2003). "Lil' Kim Forgives 50 Cent For Dissing Her Nose, Joins Him For 'Magic Stick'". Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Billboard. "US Singles Top 100 - Issue Date: Saturday April 26, 2003". Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hot 100 - Week of July 12, 2003". April 26, 2003. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ Billboard. "Magic Stick - 50 Cent". Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Record producer shakes 'Magic Stick' lawsuit at 50 Cent and Lil' Kim". New York Daily News. Associated Press. September 13, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Lil' Kim feat. 50 Cent – Magic Stick". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Lil' Kim Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lil' Kim. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  10. ^ "Lil' Kim Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Lil' Kim. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "Lil' Kim Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Lil' Kim. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "Lil' Kim Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Lil' Kim. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  13. ^ "Radio Songs - Week of July 05, 2003". Billboard. Billboard.com. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ "2003 Year End Charts – The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ "2003 Year End Charts – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ "2003 Year End Charts – Hot Rap Singles Titles". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 

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