Father (LL Cool J song)

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"Father"
Father LL Cool J.jpg
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Phenomenon
B-side "4, 3, 2, 1"
Released January 13, 1998
Format
Recorded 1997
Genre
Length 4:44
Label Def Jam
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Trackmasters
LL Cool J singles chronology
"'4, 3, 2, 1'"
(1997)
"Father"
(1998)
"'Candy'"
(1998)

4, 3, 2, 1
(1997)
Father
(1998)
Candy
(1998)

"Father" is the third single from LL Cool J's seventh album, Phenomenon. It was released on January 13, 1998 for Def Jam Recordings and was produced by the Trackmasters.

"Father", which was an auto-biographical song that detailed LL's abuse from his mother's boyfriend, would prove to be the most successful single from the album, it made it to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his eighth single to reach #1 on the Hot Rap Singles. It sold 500,000 copies.[1] The song's main sample is "Father Figure" by George Michael.

The music video was directed by Samuel Bayer.

Track listing[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "Father" (Radio Edit)- 3:57
  2. "Father" (Instrumental)- 4:42

B-Side[edit]

  1. "4,3,2,1" (Remix Instrumental)- 5:00
  2. "4,3,2,1" (Instrumental)- 4:15

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 18
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 12
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 23

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 97
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[3] 80
Billboard Hot Rap Singles[4] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - 1998. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot Rap Singles - 1998. Retrieved 2011-09-11.