Around the Way Girl

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"Around the Way Girl"
Around the Way Girl.jpg
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Mama Said Knock You Out
ReleasedNovember 20, 1990
FormatCassette, vinyl
RecordedMarch 1989 – August 1990
GenreGolden age hip hop, R&B[1], pop[2]
Songwriter(s)James Smith, Rick James, Marlon Williams
Producer(s)Marley Marl, DJ Eddie F (remix)
LL Cool J singles chronology
"The Boomin' System"
"Around the Way Girl"
"Mama Said Knock You Out"

"Around the Way Girl" is third single by LL Cool J from his 1990 album Mama Said Knock You Out.

The song is a rap about LL searching for a girl who is streetwise to form a relationship with. The entire song describes the exact features of what he is looking for in this particular girl. The chorus repeats the line "I need an around the way girl".[3]

The song samples Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long", Keni Burke's "Risin' to the Top", and The Honey Drippers' "Impeach the President",[4] which is used as the main instrumental element of the song. This song is an early example of the high pitched sample rap.

The song later appeared on LL Cool J's 1996 greatest hits album, All World: Greatest Hits.

"Around the Way Girl" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming LL Cool J's first top 10 single. It was also a hit on the R&B and dance music charts, where it peaked at #5 and #7, respectively. The RIAA certified "Around the Way Girl" Gold on January 15, 1991 for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Music video[edit]

The video was filmed in what used to be a warehouse on Borden Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

Single track listing[edit]


  1. "Around The Way Girl" (LP Version)- 4:05
  2. "Around The Way Girl" (Untouchables Remix feat. Chad Jones)- 4:32


  1. "Around The Way Girl" (Instrumental)- 3:51
  2. "Murdergram" (LP Version)- 3:52

Official versions[edit]

  • "Around the Way Girl" (Album Version) / (LP Version) - 4:05
  • "Around the Way Girl" (Instrumental) - 3:51
  • "Around the Way Girl" (Untouchables Remix feat. Chad Jones) - 4:32



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  3. ^ LL Cool J – Around the Way Girl, retrieved 2016-12-14
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  5. ^ "Around the Way Girl - LL Cool J Song Information". Billboard. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15.