Not Tonight

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"Not Tonight"
Single by Lil' Kim featuring Da Brat, Missy "Misdeameanor" Elliott, Angie Martinez, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
from the album Hard Core
Released June 30, 1997 (1997-06-30)
Format CD single, maxi single, 12"
Recorded 1996; Master Sound Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre East coast hip hop, G-funk, Dance, R&B
Length 4:31 (Original)
4:12 (Remix)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Kimberly Jones, Lisa Lopes, Shawntae Harris, Angela Martinez, Melissa Elliott
Producer(s) Rashad "Ringo" Smith
Certification Platinum by RIAA
Lil' Kim chronology
"Crush On You"
"Not Tonight (Remix)"
"I Can Love You"
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes chronology
"Not Tonight (Remix)"
"U Know What's Up"
Da Brat chronology
"Ghetto Love"
"Not Tonight (Remix)"
"Sock It 2 Me"
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott chronology
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
"Not Tonight (Remix)"
"Up Jumps da Boogie"
Angie Martinez chronology
"Not Tonight (Remix)"
"Dem Thangz"

"Not Tonight" is a single released by American female rappers Lil' Kim, Da Brat, Missy "Misdeameanor" Elliott, Angie Martinez, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes from the Nothing to Lose soundtrack. The song became a hit in the U.S., peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Lil' Kim's third consecutive number 1 hit on the Rap Songs chart, becoming the first female rapper to do so. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA.[1]


The original version of "Not Tonight" was featured on Lil' Kim's debut album Hard Core (1996). It was produced by Jermaine Dupri, who was also featured on the song.

The remix, known as "Not Tonight" (Ladies Night Remix)" (1997) was released as a single and was performed by Lil' Kim, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes" and was featured on the Nothing to Lose soundtrack. This version samples "Ladies' Night" by Kool & the Gang. The remix became a top 40 hit in the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands. It was produced by Rashad "Ringo" Smith.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in West Palm Beach, Florida from June 27–28, 1997. The video starts off showing the girls on a boat, and eventually into a jungle setting. The music video shows clips from the movie Nothing to Lose. It also features guest appearances from other female celebrities includes Mary J. Blige, T-Boz, Queen Latifah, SWV, Xscape, Blaque, Changing Faces, Total, and Maia Campbell.

Single track listings[edit]

  • U.S. CD/cassette single[2]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Not Tonight" (Instrumental)
  • U.S. maxi-single[3]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Crush On You" (Remix)
  3. "Drugs"
  4. "Not Tonight"
  5. "Crush On You"
  6. "Not Tonight" (Remix instrumental)
  7. "Drugs" (Instrumental)
  8. "Not Tonight" (Original instrumental)
  • U.S. 12" vinyl
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Not Tonight" (Instrumental remix)
  3. "Drugs"
  4. "Crush on You" (Remix)
  5. "Crush on You" (Remix instrumental)
  6. "Drugs" (Instrumental)
  • U.S. promo CD
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix radio edit)
  2. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  3. "Not Tonight" (Remix Instrumental)
  4. "Not Tonight"
  • Europe CD single[4]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Not Tonight" (Remix Instrumental)
  3. "Drugs" (Album Version)
  4. "Drugs" (Instrumental)
  • UK cassette single[5]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Drugs" (Album Version)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits from "Not Tonight" are taken from the singles liner notes.[8]

  • Recorded at Sound-On-Sound, The Hit Factory & Capitol Recording Studio
  • Recorded by Ed Raso, Andy Cardenas & Bill Smith
  • Vocals - Lil' Kim, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
  • Songwriting - K. Jones, M. Elliott, L. Lopes, S. Harris, A. Martinez, R. Bell, G. Brown, M. Muhammed, C. Smith, J. Taylor, D. Thomas, E. Toon
  • Producer - Rashad Smith, Armando Colon
  • Mixing - Rick Travali and L. Lopes


  1. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  2. ^ Discogs. "Not Tonight US cd single tracklisting". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Discogs. "Not Tonight US maxi single tracklisting". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Discogs. "Not Tonight Europe CD single tracklisting". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Discogs. "Not Tonight UK cassette single tracklisting". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Billboard (1997-12-27). "Billboard - 1997 The Year In Music". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  8. ^ "Not Tonight credits". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 

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