Down 4 U

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"Down 4 U"
Down 4 U.jpg
Single by Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita, and Charli Baltimore
from the album Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc.
ReleasedMay 2, 2002; 17 years ago (2002-05-02)
FormatVinyl, cassette, CD
Recorded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
GenreHip hop, R&B
Length5:18
Label
Songwriter(s)Jeffrey Atkins, Seven Aurelius, Ashanti S Douglas, Tiffany L Jarmon, Irving Lorenzo, Andre F. Parker, Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman
Producer(s)Irv Gotti
The Inc. singles chronology
"Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)"
(2002)
"Down 4 U"
(2002)
"The Pledge"
(2002)
Ashanti singles chronology
""Foolish""
(2002)
""Down 4 U""
(2002)
""Happy""
(2002)

"Down 4 U" is the lead single from Murder Inc. Records compilation album Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc. The song featured rapped verses from Ja Rule, Vita and Charli Baltimore and vocals and a chorus performed by Ashanti. The song is a remix as well as its music video being the sequel of Ja Rule's 2002 single, "Down Ass Bitch".

Background[edit]

"Down 4 U" became a huge hit on the Billboard charts during the summer of 2002, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of August 17, 2002 and 3 on both the R&B and rap charts. The Irv Gotti-produced song contained a sample from Roger's 1987 hit, "I Want to Be Your Man" for which he was given writing credits. The song's music video showed the artists performing the song on a beach with cameos by Irv Gotti, Eric Roberts, Clarence Williams III, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston and other members of The Inc.[1]

In addition to appearing on Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc., the song also appeared on The Source magazine's compilation The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 6 and as a bonus track on Ja Rule's 2002 album, The Last Temptation. The song was performed live by Ja Rule and Ashanti at VH1's 6th Annual Hip Hop Honors that honored Def Jam Recordings.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 54
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 3
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[10] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 44

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Down 4 U chart history at Billboard.com". Billboard.com. 2010-12-08.
  2. ^ "Musicline.de – Irv Gotti Presents Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita & Charli Baltimore Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Down 4 U". Irish Singles Chart.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Irv Gotti Presents Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita & Charli Baltimore – Down 4 U" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – Irv Gotti Presents Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita & Charli Baltimore – Down 4 U". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Irv Gotti Presents Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita & Charli Baltimore – Down 4 U". Swiss Singles Chart.
  7. ^ "Irv Gotti Pts: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Irv Gotti Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Irv Gotti Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Irv Gotti Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2002". Archived from the original on 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2010-12-08.