Don't Worry (Chingy song)

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"Don't Worry"
Single by Chingy featuring Janet Jackson
from the album Powerballin'
Released January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11) (radio)
March 24, 2005 (2005-03-24) (single)
Format 12" single
Recorded 2004
Genre Hip-hop, R&B, pop
Length 4:27
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Howard Bailey, Alonzo Lee, Shamar Daugherty, Raphael Saadiq
Producer(s) The Trak Starz
Chingy singles chronology
"Balla Baby"
(2004)
"Don't Worry"
(2005)
"Pullin' Me Back"
(2006)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"All Nite (Don't Stop)"
(2004)
"Don't Worry"
(2005)
"Call on Me"
(2006)

"Don't Worry" is a song by American rapper Chingy with guest vocals from singer Janet Jackson, released as the second promotional single from his second album Powerballin', which sold over two million copies worldwide and served as the follow-up to his debut album Jackpot. A music video was not filmed due to the blacklist of Jackson's singles and videos on most radio formats and music channels at the time, which took place due to legalities surrounding her controversial Super Bowl performance and lasted for several years.

The song was produced by Grammy Award-winning producers The Trak Starz, who also worked with Britney Spears, Usher, and Ludacris, and also produced Chingy's prior chart-topping hits "Right Thurr", "Holidae In", and "One Call Away".

Song information[edit]

Jackson rarely collaborates with other artists and initially refused to provide guest vocals on "Don't Worry", as well as denying a request to appear on Chingy's then-rival Nelly's "Tilt Ya Head Back" (although she would later collaborate with him on her single "Call on Me").[1] After Chingy, the song's producers The Trak Starz, and their manager Larry Rudolph persisted her over a period of several months, she eventually agreed to lend her vocals to the song.

"Don't Worry" was released as the second promotional single from Chingy's second album "Powerballin'", which sold over two million copies worldwide and served as the follow-up to his debut Jackpot. A music video was not filmed and the song was not promoted due to the blacklist of Jackson's singles and videos on most radio formats and music channels at the time, which took place due to legalities surrounding her infamous Super Bowl performance and lasted for several years.

Chingy's official biography mentions the song, reading "Then, on the romantic, Janet Jackson duet "Don't Worry," Chingy expresses his love for and dedication to the lady in his life over a smooth sound bed from The Trak Starz, who also delivered Jackpot's third smash single, "One Call Away." "I like your style, your grace/Your beautiful face, your essence," Chingy raps with a gentle touch."[2] "Don't Worry" contains an interpolation of Tony! Toni! Toné!'s "Just Me and You", which appeared on the Boyz n the Hood soundtrack.

Critical reception[edit]

"Don't Worry" received positive reviews from critics, who mainly praised Jackson's high-profile guest appearance as adding an important element to the song and also gave acclaim to Chingy for attempting a slower tempo, more ballad-driven and heartfelt style.

USA Today exclaimed the rapper's biggest career achievement to be convincing Jackson to feature on the song, additionally predicting her appearance to help the song receive heavy airplay despite Jackson's radio blacklist, saying "His biggest coup is landing Janet Jackson to coo the hook on the ballad Don't Worry. With that, he's found just the ticket for staying in the rotation at radio."[3] Billboard described it as a "feel-good, R&B groove" enhanced by Jackson's "trademark" vocals, adding the song "finds the young rapper discoursing on relationship highs and lows. In Chingy's worldview, there is no need to worry, because in the end, he will still be together with his beloved. Janet Jackson underscores the message with her trademark sexual whisper", reciting the song's chorus ("Just me and you/Ooh Chingy/It don't matter what we go through/Just me and you/Ooh Chingy/I'll always be down for you/So don't worry about a damn thing").[4]

Vibe called Janet's vocals "dreamy", saying "he concedes bling is nothing without someone to share it with on the ballad "Don't Worry," which features Janet Jackson's dreamy vocals". The magazine also praised Jackson for her contribution and addition of her trademark "sex-and-shock appeal", ultimately concluding Jackson's appearance as sounding "sweet".[5][6][7] Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music, Volume 53 author Angela Pilchak praised Chingy for attempting a new style, exclaiming the song "tested the R&B waters", calling "Don't Worry" a "ballad" which "gave him respect".[8] The LA Times considered "Don't Worry" to be "touching", aided by Janet's "breathy" guest vocals, as well as describing it as more satisfying than his previous singles, writing "Chingy improves on and refines his successful sonic and thematic formula in an album more consistent and satisfying than its predecessor. The touching "Don't Worry," featuring breathy guest vocals from Janet Jackson, shows Chingy's sensitive and romantic sides".[9]

People Magazine declared the collaboration to be a "Sexy slow jam" and gave acclaim to Janet's vocals, proclaiming "Janet Jackson turns up on the sexy slow jam "Don't Worry," and the way she coos "Oh, Chingy" should have the singer's [then] boyfriend, music producer Jermaine Dupri, worried."[10] BBC UK gave a similar analysis of Janet's vocals as "choral seduction", also giving the rapper acclaim for landing a guest spot by Jackson, saying "The rapper even caught the attention of the sultry Janet Jackson, who provides her choral seduction on the decent rap ballad “Don’t Worry”.[11] AllMusic considered the song "naughty" with a "sleepwalking" appearance.[12]

In another critique, Billboard noted "Don't Worry" to be a contrast from Chingy's previous releases, certifying it as "more R&B-influenced fare" which is "equally effective" as his prior hits.[13] Entertainment Weekly gave the song overall praise and considered the single as competition for then-rival Nelly's string of chart-topping hits, questioning if Chingy's "slick, articulate boogie rap" would "get Nelly to wondering if the Lou is big enough for the both of them." [14]

Official versions[edit]

  • Album version — 4:27
  • Instrumental — 4:25

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Though receiving media attention, the song was only released as a promotional single and its chart performance was largely affected by Jackson's radio and music channel blacklist, which lasted for several years following her infamous Super Bowl performance.

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 60[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears And Nelly, Fantasia, Nirvana, Cormega & More". MTV. Viacom. October 4, 2004. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chingy - Who is Chingy - Bio, Videos and Pictures on MuchMusic.com". October 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "USATODAY.com - Snoop paints a rap 'Masterpiece'". USA Today (Gannett Company). November 15, 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (February 12, 2005). Billboard - Google Books. p. 41. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Group, Vibe Media (January 2005). Vibe - Google Books. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Group, Vibe Media (February 2005). Vibe - Google Books. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Group, Vibe Media (April 2005). Vibe - Google Books. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Pilchak, Angela (June 13, 2005). Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music, Volume 53 - Google Books. p. 35. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Nichols, Natalie (November 14, 2004). "Destiny's glass only half full - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Chingy : People.com". November 22, 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ "BBC - collective - Chingy-Powerballin". December 9, 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Powerballin' - Chingy - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Powerballin'". December 4, 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Powerballin' Review - Music Reviews and News - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. November 19, 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ Chingy - Don't Worry (CD) at Discogs
  16. ^ Chingy - Don't Worry (Vinyl) at Discogs
  17. ^ "Chingy Billboard chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 

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