Right Here (SWV song)

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"Right Here"
Single by SWV
from the album It's About Time
Released August 20, 1992 (radio)
September 11, 1992 (cassette)
September 14, 1992 (CD)
Format CD single, Cassette single, 7" vinyl
Recorded December 1991—1992
Genre R&B, new jack swing
Length 4:36
Label RCA
Writer(s) Brian Alexander Morgan
Tamara Johnson
Producer(s) Brian Alexander Morgan (original version)
Teddy Riley (remix)
SWV singles chronology
"Right Here"
(1992)
"I'm So into You"
(1993)
"Right Here [Human Nature Remix]"
Single by SWV
from the album It's About Time and Free Willy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released July 10, 1993
Format CD single, Cassette single, 7" vinyl
Recorded September 1992—February 1993
Genre R&B, new jack swing, pop
Length 3:49
Label RCA
Writer(s) Brian Alexander Morgan
Tamara Johnson
Steve Porcaro
John Bettis
Producer(s) Brian Alexander Morgan (original version)
Teddy Riley (remix)
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
SWV singles chronology
"Downtown"
(1993)
"Right Here [Human Nature Remix]"
(1993)
"You're Always On My Mind"
(1993)

"Right Here" is the title of the debut single released by the group SWV. It charted on the Billboard charts as a double-A-side with "Downtown". A remixed version, commonly referred to as "Right Here/Human Nature", became a number-one R&B single. According to Billboard, the song spent 54 weeks on the R&B chart, which is one of the longest chart runs of all time.[2]

Despite the huge success of the single, the group admitted in early 2014 that they didn't really like Teddy Riley's remix of the song.[3]


Original and remixed song[edit]

The original version of "Right Here" was released in the third quarter of 1992. It peaked at number 13 on the Hot R&B Singles chart. Tamara "Taj" Johnson wrote and performed the bridge to the original song, which would result in her first (of many) co-writing credits on SWV songs.

The "Human Nature" remix by Teddy Riley samples Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "Human Nature". One of their best known hits, it spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, as well as three weeks atop the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. It became one of the longest running number-one R&B singles of 1993. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached the top ten in Europe, including the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number three in September 1993.[4]

"Right Here [Human Nature Remix]" appears on the soundtrack and in the film Free Willy. The first verse of the Human Nature remix varies slightly from the original version, and the rapped bridge is omitted. The remix also features a young Pharrell Williams chanting "S...The double...The U...The V!" during the song. This became a common "call" during the group's concerts. "Right Here/Human Nature" was later remixed for SWV's Remixes EP as a mash-up duet with the song's sample, "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson, who is featured in the duet.

The "Human Nature" remix has been sampled by the late rapper 2Pac on the track "Thug Nature" from Too Gangsta for Radio (2001). Pop singer Chris Brown's song "She Ain't You" (2011) samples Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and a portion of SWV's remix version.[5][6]

Music videos[edit]

Both versions of "Right Here" have music videos. The video to the original song begins with Coko discussing a man she likes to Taj and Lelee. It features the singers having flashbacks to boys they liked as young girls, then is brought to the present day with the women and their boyfriends. In between, the girls goof off together in a large, mirrored room. "Right Here" was the first of their videos to showcase the group's dancing skills.

The music video directed by Lionel C. Martin to the remixed version begins with SWV riding horses and fishing on an island's coast, and are shown performing with a band. An alternate version of the "Human Nature Remix" video features scenes from Free Willy along with clips of Michael Jackson performing during the 1992 Dangerous Tour.

The "Human Nature" remix is the more recognized version of the single, and is the one that is usually performed at SWV concerts. However, the original version (complete with the rapped bridge) is occasionally performed instead.

Official versions[edit]

  1. "Right Here" 7" radio edit – 3:49
  2. "Right Here" 7" radio edit with rap – 4:24
  3. "Right Here" 12" Power Mix – 5:54
  4. "Right Here" Back to Nature Remix – 4:47
  5. "Right Here" Demolition 12" Mix (containing full-verse Michael Jackson vocals) – 4:58
  6. "Right Here" Demolition Dub Mix – 5:38
  7. "Right Here" Extended Radio Version – 4:43
  8. "Right Here" Funkyman 7" Mix – 4:02
  9. "Right Here" Funkyman 12" Mix – 5:18
  10. "Right Here" Funkyman Scratch Mix – 5:00
  11. "Right Here" G-Man 12" Mix – 6:47
  12. "Right Here" G-Man Radio Mix – 4:16
  13. "Right Here" Heavenly Mix – 4:56
  14. "Right Here" Human Nature Extended Remix – 5:37
  15. "Right Here" Human Nature Radio Remix – 3:46
  16. "Right Here" Original LP Mix – 4:37
  17. "Right Here" Quiet Storm Mix – 4:11
  18. "Right Here" Sahpreem's Funk Rap Show Mix – 3:18
  19. "Right Here" Smooth Bam Jam Mix – 5:02
  20. "Right Here" UK Back to Black Mix – 4:21
  21. "Right Here" Vibe Mix – 4:19

Charts[edit]

End-of-year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 29

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