He Wasn't Man Enough

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"He Wasn't Man Enough"
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Single by Toni Braxton
from the album The Heat
Released March 7, 2000
Format CD single, DVD single
Recorded January–February 2000
Genre
Length 4:21
Label LaFace
Songwriter(s) Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Harvey Mason, Jr.
Producer(s) Darkchild
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"How Could an Angel Break My Heart"
(1997)
"He Wasn't Man Enough"
(2000)
"Just Be a Man About It"
(2000)

"He Wasn't Man Enough" is a song by American R&B recording artist and songwriter Toni Braxton and released by LaFace Records on March 7, 2000 as the lead single from her third studio album, The Heat (2000). The song was produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. "He Wasn't Man Enough" is an uptempo dance-pop and R&B inspired song that differs in genre from Braxton's previous ballads.

The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised it as one of Braxton's best works.[1] "He Wasn't Man Enough" had international success and became one of Braxton's signature songs, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, where the single stood for several weeks, and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for four weeks. As of 2017, this song is her last Top 10 appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. An accompanying music video was released for the single. The song earned Braxton her sixth Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2001.

Background and composition[edit]

"He Wasn't Man Enough" was released as the lead single from Braxton's studio album The Heat (2000). The song was written by Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, and Harvey Mason, Jr., while it was produced by Darkchild. The song was recorded in the United States, during the production of Braxton's third studio album, between January and February 2000.[2][3] During its production, L.A. Reid said "It's very strong, and very personal to her".[4]

"He Wasn't Man Enough" is a dance inspired song, which features more mainstream pop music with strong R&B influences. All instruments were played by Darkchild and the background vocals were sung by Braxton, Nora Payne, Sharlotte Gibson and Darkchild.[5][6] The song's vocal range starts with a D#4 chord to a C#6 chord in a chord of G Major. Popmatters praised Braxton for singing a non-ballad pop song, saying "the track seems to be an attempt to make some headway within the lucrative urban R&B market."[7] The song's length is a total of four minutes and twenty-one seconds at a moderately slow, yet steady pace.[8] The song earned Braxton her sixth Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2001.[9] According to Billboard.com, this song is her last Top 10 appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 to date.

Critical reception[edit]

"He Wasn't Man Enough" was widely acclaimed by contemporary music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic highlighted the track as an album highlight, which along with "Gimme Some" was a "skimmering beat".[1] David Browne from Entertainment Weekly gave it a positive review, certificating it with a B rating. He said "From producer Rodney Jerkins' cushiony pulse to its premise (one woman warning another about her ex-beau), the amenable single "He Wasn't Man Enough" sounds mightily familiar. But it's still no "Scrubs", largely thanks to Braxton's husky, mumbly delivery."[10] NME gave it a positive review, saying that for the track, "Braxton can probably claim the best set of tonsils in soul-pop".[11] Popmatters gave it a positive review, saying "The lead single sees Toni tapping into the recent success of female assertiveness (TLC, Kelis, Destiny's Child, and Pink) with the hit single "He Wasn’t Man Enough". Produced by the ubiquitous Darkchild, the track seems to be an attempt to make some headway within the lucrative urban R&B market.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"He Wasn't Man Enough" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of May 6, 2000 and stayed there for two weeks behind "Maria Maria" by Santana featuring The Product G&B. The song spent 37 weeks on the chart. The song also peaked at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for four weeks. The song debuted at number five on the UK Singles Chart on its issue date of 29 April 2000. The song debuted at number six on the Australian Singles Chart and peaked at number five in that country. The song debuted at number 36 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and later rose to number five after seven weeks on the charts. The song received platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ), selling over 15,000 copies there.[12] The song debuted at number 99 on the French Singles Chart before falling out, then re-entering at number 74 on the charts and eventually peaked at number fifteen, becoming the biggest jump of the issue date of 1 July 2000. The song debuted at number 21 on the Single Top 100, peaked at number five and stayed on the charts for seventeen weeks.[13]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Bille Woodruff from February 25–26, 2000,[14] starts out with Braxton as an animated superhero who unzips her shirt to ward off villains. Next, she is shown dancing in a red cylinder-like hallway. The shot turns to a club where her ex (portrayed by Braxton's former husband Keri Lewis of R&B group Mint Condition) and his current wife (portrayed by Robin Givens) walk in. Givens looks Braxton up and down and flashes her wedding ring at her. Braxton scoffs because she'd had him first and knows what a cheat he is.

The video flashes between Braxton dancing in the hallway and the club scene. At one point, the two women are in the club's bathroom, and Braxton lets the new wife know why she dumped her husband. They set up an act, wherein Braxton goes into a private room with him and gets him to drop his pants; all the while he is on camera, and everyone at the club, including his current wife, is watching. At the end, Givens busts in and throws the ring at him, and the two women give each other a high five.

The video also features cameo appearances by Rodney Chester and Tamar Braxton. Originally, actor Michael Jai White was cast to play the role of the husband. However, he ended up dropping out before the video shoot, due to Givens allegedly taking issue with White's resemblance to her former husband Mike Tyson, who White played in the HBO film Tyson five years earlier.[15][16] He would make an appearance in another Braxton video a decade later, 2010's "Hands Tied".

Track listing and formats[edit]

CD Single
(Arista 74321 75146 2)
  1. He Wasn't Man Enough (Radio edit) - 3:58
  2. He Wasn't Man Enough (Extended edit) - 5:35
Promo CD Single
(LaFace CDX 2239)
  1. He Wasn't Man Enough - 4:21
Australian CD Single
(Arista / LaFace 74321 75785 2)
  1. He Wasn't Man Enough (Radio edit) - 4:02
  2. You're Makin' Me High (Classic edit) - 3:38
  3. He Wasn't Man Enough (Extended edit) - 5:35
  4. He Wasn't Man Enough (Music video)
US CD Single
(LaFace 73008 24463 2)
  1. He Wasn't Man Enough (Album version) - 4:21
  2. He Wasn't Man Enough (Instrumental) - 4:19
US Promo CD
(LaFace LFPCD-4444)
  1. He Wasn't Man Enough (Album version) - 4:21
  2. He Wasn't Man Enough (Instrumental) - 4:19
  3. He Wasn't Man Enough (Call Out Research Hook) - 0:10
Official versions
  • "He Wasn't Man Enough" (a cappella) – 4:19
  • "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Junior Marathon Mix) – 12:06
  • "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Junior Instrumental) – 8:06
  • "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Peter Rauhofer NYC Club Mix) – 8:42
  • "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Peter Rauhofer NYC Dub) – 10:29
  • "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Forces of Nature Remix)
  • "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Forces of Nature Dub)

Charts and certifications[edit]

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