Bump n' Grind (R. Kelly song)

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"Bump n' Grind"
Single by R. Kelly
from the album 12 Play
Released January 25, 1994 (1994-01-25)
1994 (remix)
Recorded 1993–1994 (remix)
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 4:16
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Robert Kelly
Producer(s) R. Kelly
R. Kelly singles chronology
"Sex Me (Parts 1 & 2)"
"Bump n' Grind"
"Your Body's Callin'"
"Sex Me (Parts 1 & 2)"
"Bump n' Grind"
"Your Body's Callin'"

"Bump n' Grind" is a song by American R&B recording artist R. Kelly. It was released on January 25, 1994 as the second single from his debut solo studio album 12 Play (1993). The track became a number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 (temporarily interrupting the six-week run of Ace of Base's "The Sign"), and it also spent twelve weeks at number one on the US Hot R&B Songs chart as Kelly's third number-one R&B hit, becoming the longest-running number-one of 1994 in the US, and the longest-running R&B single at that time. The song also reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart, following the massive success of his previous single, "She's Got That Vibe" (which was actually a re-release).

Kelly released three versions of "Bump n' Grind": the original album version and two remixes. The original LP version was made available for airplay on urban and Top 40 pop radio stations alike at first, but eventually the "Old School" remix was issued shortly and gained massive airplay on urban, adult R&B/soul and rhythmic radio stations. Kelly also released the "Bump n' Grind (How I Feel It Extended Mix)", which was used in the original video for the song. This version received major play on urban radio as well. Some stations still play the original version to this day.

Music video[edit]

The music video does not feature the famous intro. It is also black and white and is filmed like a live concert performance. The music video is directed by Kim Watson.[1]

Live performances[edit]

Kelly always performs the intro of the song at almost all events he has performed in, Kelly usually performs the "Bump N' Grind (Remix)" instead of the original at concert, despite the original single's huge success. Kelly performed the remix versions of the song on various shows in 1994, on The Arsenio Hall Show, Billboard Music Award and Soul Train.


Uses in popular culture[edit]

Later samples[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  • "Bump n' Grind" (LP version) (1994) - 4:16
  • "Bump n' Grind" (Old School Remix) (1994) - 4:28
  • "Bump n' Grind" (How I Feel It Extended Mix) (1994) - 5:42



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,200,000[14]
United States (RIAA) (Mastertone)[13] Gold 500,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Bump & Grind 2014[edit]

"Bump & Grind 2014"
Single by Waze & Odyssey vs. R. Kelly
Released 19 October 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre House
Length 3:00
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) R. Kelly
Producer(s) Serge Santiágo, Firas Waez
Waze & Odyssey singles chronology
"Bump & Grind 2014"
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"Bump & Grind 2014"
R. Kelly singles chronology
"It's Your World"
(2014) It's Your World2014
"Bump & Grind 2014"
(2014) Bump & Grind 20142014
"Ignition (Viceroy Remix)"
(2014) Ignition (Viceroy Remix)2014

British house duo Waze & Odyssey produced a bootleg of the track back in 2012, sampling "Push the Feeling On" by Nightcrawlers. The remix was officially released on 19 October 2014.


"Bump & Grind 2014" was produced by the duo Serge Santiágo and Firas Waez, also known as Waze & Odyssey. The record started as an underground hit in 2012, more DJs were playing the song at clubs as time went on. But it was not until 2014 it got a major release from their label RCA and started getting airplay. At the time it was an underground favorite among famous British DJs like Skream, DJ EZ, Duke Dumont, Rudimental were playing it at clubs.[15]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released two months before the actual official release of the song. The video features Hok from the American hip hop group Quest Crew as the main person.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[16]
  1. "Bump & Grind 2014" – 3:00
  • Digital remixes EP[17]
  1. "Bump & Grind 2014" (Extended Mix) – 7:23
  2. "Bump & Grind 2014" (Special Request VIP) – 8:34
  3. "Bump & Grind 2014" (Le Youth Remix) – 4:01


Chart (2014–15) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[18] 39
Australia Dance (ARIA)[19] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[20] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 65
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 3
Euro Charts[23] 66
World Singles Charts [23] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 3
UK Digital (Official Charts Company) 2
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[25] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472896/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_dr#directors
  2. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 19 Jun 1994". ARIA. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Charts.org.nz – R. Kelly – Bump N' Grind". Top 40 Singles.
  4. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-01-28" UK Singles Chart.
  5. ^ "R. Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for R. Kelly.
  6. ^ "R. Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for R. Kelly. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "R. Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for R. Kelly. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "R. Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for R. Kelly. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  10. ^ http://www.soulsystem.it/yend.asp?date=31/12/1994
  11. ^ Mayfield, Geoff (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ "British single certifications – R. Kelly – Bump n' Grind". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Bump n' Grind in the search field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ a b "American single certifications – Bump n' Grind". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1994". Billboard. BPI Communications. 107 (3): 57. January 21, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Who are Waze & Odyssey? Get to know the Bump n' Grind remixers". officialcharts.com. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bump & Grind 2014 (Waze & Odyssey vs. R. Kelly) [Radio Edit] - Single by Waze & Odyssey & R. Kelly". iTunes. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bump & Grind 2014 (Remixes) - Single by Waze & Odyssey & R. Kelly". iTunes. 
  18. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Waze & Odyssey vs. R. Kelly – Bump & Grind 2014". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  19. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 20 Dance Tracks - Australia's Official Top 20 Dance Chart". ARIA Charts. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Waze & Odyssey vs R. Kelly – Bump & Grind 2014" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  21. ^ "Chart Track: Week 46, 2014". Irish Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 2014-11-01". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  23. ^ a b "Waze & Odyssey - Bump & Grind 2014". Top40-Charts.com. 
  24. ^ "Archive Chart: 2014-11-01" UK Singles Chart.
  25. ^ "Archive Chart: 2014-11-01" UK Dance Chart.