Can I Get A...

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"Can I Get A... (soundtrack version)"
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Single by Jay-Z featuring Amil and Jah
from the album Def Jam's Rush Hour Soundtrack & Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Released August 22, 1998 (1998-08-22)
Format
Recorded 1998
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Jay-Z singles chronology
"It's Alright"
(1998) It's Alright1998
"Can I Get A..."
(1998) Can I Get A...1998
"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"
(1998) Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)1998
Amil singles chronology
"Can I Get A..."
(1998) Can I Get A...1998
"Nigga What, Nigga Who"
(1999) Nigga What, Nigga Who1999
Ja Rule singles chronology
"Grande Finale"
(1998) Grande Finale1998
"Can I Get A..."
(1998) Can I Get A...1998
"Holla Holla"
(1999) Holla Holla1999

"Can I Get A..." is a song recorded by American rapper Jay-Z, featuring Amil and Jah. It was released on Def Jam's Rush Hour Soundtrack in promotion of the film Rush Hour, but also appears on Jay-Z's third album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. The song is produced by Irv Gotti and Lil' Rob. The song is notable for popularizing a young Amil and Ja Rule, as well as becoming one of Jay-Z's most commercially successful singles at the time, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The chorus of the original song starts with "Can I get a 'fuck you'", but it was censored to "Can I get a 'what what'" and ".. whoop whoop" for radio airplay. The song deals with the question whether Jay-Z's girlfriend would stick with him if he wasn't wealthy.[1]

The vinyl "Can I Get A..." single was released in 1998 with two tracks that do not feature Jay-Z: Ja Rule's "Bitch Betta Have My Money" and Wu-Tang Clan's "And You Don't Stop". The CD single was released in 1999 with two different tracks that do not feature Jay-Z: Case and Joe's "Faded Pictures" as well as Dru Hill and Redman's "How Deep Is Your Love". All songs were included in the Rush Hour soundtrack.

Janet Jackson's 2004 song "Strawberry Bounce", from her album Damita Jo, samples "Can I Get A...".

VH1 ranked "Can I Get A..." at No. 57 in the network's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.

Chris Penn appears in the video as a bartender.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD[edit]

  1. "Can I Get A..." – 5:13
  2. "Faded Pictures" – 3:48
  3. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:58

Vinyl[edit]

A-side[edit]

  1. "Can I Get A..." (radio edit)
  2. "Bitch Betta Have My Money" (radio edit)
  3. "And You Don't Stop" (radio edit)

B-side[edit]

  1. "Can I Get A..." (TV track)
  2. "Bitch Betta Have My Money" (TV track)
  3. "And You Don't Stop" (TV track)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[2] 36
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 19
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 6
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[9] 22

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jay-Z's Can I Get A meaning". Songfacts. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jay-Z – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Jay-Z. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Musicline.de – Jay-Z Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Jay-Z search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Jay-Z – Can I Get A...". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 1999-03-13" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Jay-Z – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jay-Z.
  8. ^ "Jay-Z – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Jay-Z.
  9. ^ "Jay-Z – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Jay-Z. Retrieved June 29, 2017.