Rock the Boat (Aaliyah song)
|"Rock the Boat"|
|Single by Aaliyah|
|from the album Aaliyah|
|Released||January 15, 2002|
|Format||CD single, 12"|
|Recorded||2000; Manhattan Center
(New York City, New York)
|Writer(s)||Static Major, Eric Seats, Rapture Stewart|
|Aaliyah singles chronology|
"Rock the Boat" is a song by American recording artist Aaliyah. It was written by Static Major, Eric Seats and Rapture Stewart for her 2001 self-titled album Aaliyah. "Rock the Boat" was released as a single in January 2002 in the United States and May 2002 in the United Kingdom. Prior to its release as a single, "Rock the Boat" charted as an "album cut" and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the week of January 5. The song stayed on the chart for twenty-five weeks.
Aaliyah initially started promotion for the expected second single "More Than a Woman", but the single was pushed back because her label felt "Rock the Boat" was a summer single that needed to be released. "Rock the Boat" was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.
"Rock the Boat" features an atmospheric groove, hypnotic rhythms, and fluctuating instrumentation such as synthesizer effects. Lyrically, its female narrator instructs a lover on how to please her sexually and equates her erotic high to a drug high: "Work it in the middle / Change positions for me / Now stroke it, baby ... I feel like I'm on dope". The words "high" and "dope" were censored on MTV because of the drug connotation. In an issue of Vibe magazine, it was revealed the song was written at least two years before its actual release, but never recorded because her label didn't think she was ready for a song with sensual lyrics that "Rock the Boat" entailed.
"Rock the Boat" was included on Channel V's Vault's countdown for the top 10 beach scenes in music videos and became the first video to be played twice as a "New Joint of the Day" on BET's music countdown show, 106 & Park. After making the countdown 65 times, the video was retired and inducted into 106 & Park's "Hall of Fame". The follow-up "More Than a Woman" made the number-one spot after "Rock the Boat" was retired. "Rock the Boat" appeared at #2 on the BET: Notarized Top 100 Videos of 2001.
On the Billboard Hot 100, the song entered on the chart September 8, 2001 at number 57 and peaked at number 14 in its twelfth week. The song stayed on the chart for twenty-five weeks. The song reached the top 20 of Belgium (Wallonia), Netherlands and United Kingdom. "Rock the Boat" still receives heavy rotation on worldwide radio stations among other Aaliyah hits.
Aaliyah appeared on BET's 106 & Park on August 21, 2001 and announced the video shoot would start the following day, August 22, 2001, and the video would be released in early September in time for Back to School. She also announced that More Than a Woman would be released back-to-back.
The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams. It features Aaliyah walking on a beach having been inspired by the poem "Footprints", also dancing on a yacht, and on a beach in Marsh Harbour and swimming in a pool in Miami which appears to be the ocean. Aaliyah appears to be dancing on water, in a CGI scene. The dance routine was choreographed by Aaliyah's close friend Fatima Robinson. Dancers in the video include Carmit Bachar, Denosh Bennett, Nadine Ellis and Electrik Red members Binkie and Lesley. Filming started on August 22, 2001 and made its world premiere on BET's Access Granted on October 9, 2001.
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for "Rock the Boat". The investigation of the crash found that the plane was over its total gross weight by 700 pounds and was loaded with one more passenger than it was allowed to carry. The pilot, Luis Morales III, was not licensed at the time of the accident, and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system.
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- "Rock the Boat" music video on YouTube
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics