Sideline Ho

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"Sideline Ho"
Single by Monica
from the album The Makings of Me
Released February 5, 2007
(see release history)
Format Download, promo single
Recorded Doppler Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre R&B
Length 3:47
Label J
Writer(s) Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, Antonio Dixon, Eric Dawkins, Steve Russell, Tank
Producer(s) The Underdogs, Tank
Monica singles chronology
"A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)"
(2006)
"Sideline Ho"
(2007)
"Hell No (Leave Home)"
(2007)

"Sideline Ho" is a song by American R&B recording artist Monica. It was written by Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, Antonio Dixon, Eric Dawkins, Steve Russell, and Durrell "Tank" Babbs for her fourth studio album, The Makings of Me (2006). It was co-produced by The Underdogs and Tank, and released as the album's third single in the first quarter of 2007. The song opened at number 77 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on early airplay alone, and achieved a peak of number 45 on that chart.

Although "Sideline Ho" had a successful debut on the R&B charts, J Records refused to agree on producing a music video for the song at first,[1] and on January 19, 2007, a video clip of Monica asking fans to sign an online petition to help convince her record company to release a video for the single was leaked onto the internet. While several sources reported that the singer and her team "had started writing treatments for the 'Sideline Ho' video" by late February 2007, ideas for a video were eventually scrapped.[1]

Background[edit]

Producer Harvey Mason, Jr. of The Underdogs produced "Sideline Ho".

"Sideline Ho" is one out of two songs on The Makings of Me Monica worked on with production team The Underdogs and singer-songwriter Tank in the Doppler Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] The concept of the song came up while Monica was brainstorming ideas with several musicians and was inspired by an ex who cheated on her with a video model.[3] Speaking of how the song came about, Monica stated in an interview with Billboard in August 2008, that the record was about "me being in a relationship years ago and somebody just disrespected to the fullest."[4] During the process, she told Tank about a situation where an ex of hers "blatantly, openly cheated - as if people didn't know who his girlfriend was! And just the sound of her name would make my flesh crawl. So he was like, 'Well what did you call her?' I said, 'She has no name. She has no importance [...] I always referred to her as the 'sideline ho,' because she was too comfortable with her position."[5] While Monica remarked that she "never would've thought he would come back in the room, like 'that's the title of the song', she went on to "give him play by play details", which she had previously documented in a self-written poem and "that really stood out in my mind and they created a song around it."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"Sideline Ho" garnered positive reviews from music critics. People magazine called the song a "bittersweet ballad, on which Monica puts the other woman precisely in her place",[7] while Rap-Up magazine noted that "though she may be as laid back as ever on this track, Monica really digs her nails into girls’ weaves."[8] Blog network Blogcritics declared "Sideline Ho" a "blistering song where Monica takes the other woman in her man's life to task", and added: "This song is a bit rougher than what we're used to hearing from Monica but she somehow keeps herself from crossing the line between angry and over the top."[9] Prefix magazine writer Norman Mayers noted that the track "combines her bitchy attitude and ghetto persona with bass-heavy mid- to slow-tempo grooves to joyous effect,"[10] while Ryan Dombal of Entertainment Weekly wrote that it "scores with tough-talking venom."[11] In her album review for Vibe, Laura Checkoway ranked the song among the best on The Makings of Me along with "Hell No (Leave Home)" and "Gotta Move On".[12]

Release and performance[edit]

On July 25, 2006, AOL Music was the first entertainment website to preview a full version of the song.[3] By July 26, 2006, the entire track had leaked onto the internet. A more up-tempo remix of "Sidelino Ho," co-produced by Greg Street and Carl Moe, later appeared on the singer's 2007 mixtape Monica: Made; and though a few sources confirmed that a more radio-friendly version called "Sideline Chick" had also been recorded, a so-called "Squeaky Clean version" was finally included on the song's limited CD single, released on February 5, 2007 in the United States. Upon its release, the singer described the song as both her "actual favorite" on the album[13] and one of her "most personal records ever" yet.[4]

The single was not officially released to U.S. radio until mid-February 2007, but appeared a few weeks early on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, opening up at number 77 due to early airplay in the week of January 22, 2007.[14] After weeks of minor to moderate radio support the song eventually reached number 45 on particular chart, only slightly surpassing the peak position of previous single, "A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)."[14]

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Makings of Me, J Records.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 45

Release history[edit]

Region Format Date
United States Digital download February 5, 2007
Mainstream radio

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Monica Revisits Label Drama". SOHH.com. 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b The Makings of Me (CD liner). Monica. J Records. 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Monica Inspired by Real-Life 'Sideline Ho'". AOL Music News Blog. AOL.com. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  4. ^ a b Rodriguez, Jayson (2006-09-08). "Monica Overcomes Pregnancy Rumors, Ex-Boyfriend's Suicide To Form Makings of Me". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Monica - The Makings of Me". Music Remedy. MusicRemedy.com. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Are You A "Sideline Ho"?". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006-08-04. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  7. ^ Arnold, Chuck (2006-10-16). "Picks and Pans Review: Monica". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  8. ^ Rosenthal, Jeff (2006-09-14). "Monica ‘The Makings of Me’ Album Preview". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Music Review: Monica - The Makings Of Me". Blogcritics. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  10. ^ Mayers, Norman (2008-03-44). "Monica - The Makings of Me". Prefix. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  11. ^ Dombal, Ryan (2006-09-29). "The Makings of Me (2006)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  12. ^ Checkoway, Laura (2006-10-01). "Through the Fire". Vibe. Vibe Media. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  13. ^ "Exclusive Interview". ConcreteLoop.com. 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  14. ^ a b "Monica: Artist Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  15. ^ "Monica – Sideline Ho (CD Single)". J Records. Discogs. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Monica Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Monica. Retrieved 2011-05-23.

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