Cold Rock a Party

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"Cold Rock a Party"
Single by MC Lyte featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album Bad As I Wanna B
Released November 12, 1996[1]
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1996
Genre Hip hop, Pop rap, Dance-pop
Length 4:17
Label East West
Writer(s) Lana Moorer
Producer(s) Sean "Puffy" Combs (remix)
Rashad "Ringo" Smith (original)
MC Lyte chronology
"Keep On, Keepin' On"
"Cold Rock a Party"
Missy Elliott singles chronology
"You Don't Have to Worry"
"Cold Rock a Party"
"Can We"

"Cold Rock a Party" is the lead single released from MC Lyte's fifth studio album, Bad As I Wanna B. The original version of the song that appeared on the album was produced by Rashad Smith and sampled Audio Two's "Top Billin", the single version featured Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, was produced by Sean Combs and sampled Diana Ross' 1980 hit "Upside Down".[2]

The song became MC Lyte's second highest charting single in the U.S. after her previous single "Keep On, Keepin' On", peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became a hit in several other countries, including New Zealand where it reached No. 1. "Cold Rock a Party" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 copies on February 19, 1997. To date, it is MC Lyte's last single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 or receive a gold certification. The original version of the song is featured in Dance Dance Revolution Extreme as "Highs Off U" and is covered by 4 Reeel, MC Lyte received no credit in the game as a songwriter or the original artist of the sample.

Single track listing[edit]

  1. "Cold Rock a Party" (Bad Boy Remix - Clean Version) - 4:12
  2. "Cold Rock a Party" (Bad Boy Remix) - 4:37
  3. "Cold Rock a Party" (Original Album Clean) - 4:19
  4. "Cold Rock a Party" (Milk Remix) - 3:20
  5. "Cold Rock a Party" (Bad Boy Remix - Acapella) - 4:19

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 11
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 5
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 2
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart) 15
New Zealand (RIANZ) 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 61


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[4] Platinum 0*
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 600,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Cold Rock a Party / Have You Ever > MC Lyte". Amazon. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Billboard. 5 February 2000. p. 64. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – MC Lyte – Cold Rock a Party". Recorded Music NZ. 
  5. ^ "American single certifications – MC Lyte – Cold Rock a Party". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.