Snake (song)

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"Snake"
Single by R. Kelly featuring Cam'ron and Big Tigger
from the album Chocolate Factory
Released December 15, 2003
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded 2002
Genre R&B
Length 4:51
Label Jive
Writer(s) R. Kelly, Darian Morgan
Producer(s) R. Kelly
R. Kelly singles chronology
"Ignition (Remix)"
(2003)
"Snake"
(2003)
"Step in the Name of Love"
(2003)

"Snake" is a song by American recording artist R. Kelly, featuring Cam'ron and Big Tigger, from his fifth studio album, Chocolate Factory. It was released on December 15, 2003, by Jive Records as the second single from the album. The R&B song with latin music inspiration was written and produced by R. Kelly, and co-written by Darian Morgan, as a tribute to Stevie Wonder's musical experimentation. The song also inspired the dancehall reggae riddim called Baghdad.

"Snake" achieved moderate success, reaching number sixteen at the United States' Hot 100, and the tenth position on the United Kingdom. A special double-A-side edition with "Thoia Thoing" was also released. The maxi-single charted at number ten in the Netherlands, number thirty in France, number sixteen in Australia and at number eighteen in Switzerland. A remix with actor and musician Cam'ron was also released.

Background and composition[edit]

A 22-second sample of the song's chorus, which features R. Kelly singing over a latin-inspired melody.

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"Snake" was written and produced by R. Kelly, and co-written by Darian Morgan.[1] It is a R&B song with latin music inspiration,[2] and elements of urban pop and new jack swing.[1] "Snake" is four minutes and fifty-one seconds long. The song is composed in the key of A♭ major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 92 beats per minute. R. Kelly vocal range spans from C4 to F5.[1] Andrew McGregor of BBC revealed that "Snake" was written in "tribute to Stevie [Wonder]'s musical experimentation".[2]

Promotion[edit]

R. Kelly and Big Tigger performed the song together during many live performances (including at Madison Square Garden in New York on the penultimate concert) during his 2003 tour[3] and during the 2003 BET Awards. "Snake" received a special double A-side edition with "Thoia Thoing". The maxi-single charted at number ten in the Netherlands, number thirty in France, number sixteen in Australia and at number eighteen in Switzerland.[4] A remix with Cam'ron was also released.

Remix controversy[edit]

Cam'ron took R. Kelly to court in 2005 due to claims that he did not receive proper credit for his work on a remix of the song. Cam'ron filed a federal lawsuit in New York. He had apparently written the introduction to the remix, as well as a part of the third verse but his songwriting contribution was not mentioned in the copyright when the song was featured on The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1, a greatest-hits album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  • European CD single[6]
  1. "Snake" (Radio Edit) – 4:20
  2. "Snake" (Remix Featuring Big Tigger and Cam'ron) – 4:40
  3. "Dream Girl" – 3:57
  4. "Snake" (Music Video) – 4:14
  1. "Snake" (Radio Edit) – 4:20
  2. "Dream Girl" – 3:57
  3. "Snake" (Remix Featuring Big Tigger and Cam'ron) – 4:40
  1. "Snake" (Radio Edit) – 4:20
  2. "Snake" (Radio Edit Without Rap) – 3:34
  3. "Snake" (Instrumental) – 4:52

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 23
Irish Singles Chart 18
UK Singles Chart 10[9]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16[10]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 9[10]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from CD single liner notes.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "R. Kelly Snake – Digital Sheet Music". Music Notes. Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b McGregor, Andrew (March 7, 2003). "Review of R. Kelly—Chocolate Factory". BBC Music. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "R. Kelly plays Madison Square Garden". MTV News. MTV. August 25, 2003. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ "R. Kelly – Thoia Thoing". Hung Median. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (September 29, 2005). "Cam'ron takes R. Kelly to court". MTV News (MTV). Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Amazon.com: Snake: R. Kelly, Single, Import: Music". Jive. January 27, 2004. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Snake (12" Vinyl liner notes). R. Kelly. Jive Records. 2003. 82876547231. 
  8. ^ "Amazon.com: Snake: R. Kelly, Featuring Big Tigger: Music". Jive. December 15, 2003. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "R Kelly featuring Big Tigger – Snake". Chart Stats. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Artist Chart History—R. Kelly". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  11. ^ Snake (Liner Notes [CD, Single]). R. Kelly. Jive Records. 2003. JDJ-40115-2.