Don't Be Afraid (Aaron Hall song)
|"Don't Be Afraid"|
|Single by Aaron Hall|
|Released||March 31, 1992|
|Format||CD single, Cassette single|
|Genre||R&B, new jack swing|
|Length||5:19 (LP version)
4:50 (single version)
|Writer(s)||Aaron Hall, Floyd F. Fisher|
|Producer(s)||Gary G-Wiz, Hank Shocklee, The Bomb Squad(Nasty Man's Groove remix)|
|Aaron Hall singles chronology|
"Don't Be Afraid" is the title of an R&B single by singer Aaron Hall. It was produced by Hank Shocklee and Gary G-Wiz and spent two weeks at #1 on the US R&B chart (making it Aaron Hall's highest charting R&B hit) and peaked at #44 on the Hot 100. It was one of the singles taken from the soundtrack for the 1992 film Juice starring 2Pac.
The song has two versions. The original uptempo version, called "Jazz You Up version," lyrically talks of a man's fantasies with a girl, and convincing her "don't be afraid, girl", which was met with controversy due to its overtly sexual nature. In response, an alternate version to the song was released, called the "Sex You Down Some Mo'" and features a slower tempo and different lyrics. Both versions were featured on Hall's The Truth album the year after.
The original, uptempo version of the song "Don't Be Afraid" appears in the 2004 videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional new jack swing radio station CSR 103.9. The song's drum loop is sampled from "The Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 242.