Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See

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"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
Single by Busta Rhymes
from the album When Disaster Strikes
Released August 13, 1997
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:20 (album version)
3:16 (radio edit)
Label Flipmode, Elektra
Writer(s) Trevor Smith, Jr., Jim Seals, Darrol Durant, Roger Munroe
Producer(s) Shamello, Buddah, Epitome
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Busta Rhymes singles chronology
"It's a Party"
(1996)
"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
(1997)
"Dangerous"
(1997)

"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" is a 1997 song by American rapper Busta Rhymes from his second studio album When Disaster Strikes (1997). Released as the lead single, the song includes samples from "Sweet Green Fields" by Seals and Crofts. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards, but lost to "Men in Black" by Will Smith. The song became successful, it peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, as well as reaching number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, whilst reaching number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart. In 1999, MTV ranked the video itself at #20 for The 100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made.[1]

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The song is best remembered by its music video, directed by Hype Williams, which features Busta waking up, getting dressed and brushing his teeth (along with his maids). The video is based on Eddie Murphy's 1988 film Coming to America. According to Busta Rhymes, the inspiration for this idea was the fact that Coming to America was playing on the television in the studio at the time he and the production crew were working on mixing the record. The film is about an African living in New York City and Busta Rhymes felt that the record had an African sound to it.[2] At the chorus is a well choreographed dance routine which is followed by Busta running with an elephant in glowing tribal African make-up and outfit. The video received heavy rotation on both the MTV and BET networks. The video was filmed at Chambers and Centre Street in Downtown Manhattan.

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