I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By

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"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"
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Single by Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige
from the album Tical
ReleasedApril 25, 1995
Recorded1994
Genre
Length3:45
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Method Man singles chronology
"Release Yo' Delf"
(1995)
"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"
(1995)
"How High"
(1995)
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"I'm Going Down"
(1995)
"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"
(1995)
"I Love You"
(1995)

"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" is a duet song by the American recording artists, rapper Method Man and singer Mary J. Blige who sings the intro, the choruses, and backing vocals. The song is a remix of Method Man's "All I Need" (which appears on his 1994 debut album, Tical). All versions of this song contains an interpolation of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's hit, You're All I Need to Get By. Both this remix song and the original were produced by RZA. This remix song was released as a single and is also known as "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By (Razor Sharp Mix)". The video for this remix song was directed by Diane Martel.[1]

Another version of the remix was released for radio airplay, titled "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By (Puff Daddy Mix)", which was produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs and Trackmasters.[2] The Puff Daddy version of the song contains a new instrumental which includes a repeated sample ("Lie together, cry together/I swear to God I hope we fuckin' die together") from The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Me & My Bitch". The song sold over 800,000 copies and was certified platinum by the RIAA.[3]

Overview[edit]

The song (all versions) peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 3, 1995.[4] The song reached #1 on the R&B singles chart in the May 20, 1995 issue of Billboard Magazine, a position it held for three weeks.[5] The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996. "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" appears on Radio 1 Established 1967, a compilation album celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1.

In 2008, the song was ranked #44 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop" list.[6]

In 2009, Method Man and Mary J. Blige performed the song together at VH1's 6th Annual Hip Hop Honors ceremony. The song is often cited as the hybrid of what's now known as "Thug-Love" duets.[7]

In 2012, Complex ranked the song #1 on its list of "The 25 Best Hip-Hop Love Songs."[8]

In a July 2012 interview with Complex magazine, Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier—one-half of the production team the Trackmasters —claimed they were the actual producers behind the "Puff Daddy" remix, but were never properly credited for it. The Trackmasters claim that they were only credited as session musicians for programming the drums while Combs was credited as the producer.[2]

In 2019, Mary J. Blige performed "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By" with Method Man during her BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Award performance which included a medley of songs and featured artists.[9][10][11] CNN noted that the performance of the song "thrilled the crowd", who rapped along with Method Man's verses.[12]

Track listings and formats[edit]

All original tracks produced by RZA

  • US, CD Maxi-Single[13]
  1. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Puff Daddy Mix) — 5:08 a
  2. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Puff Daddy Instrumental) — 5:04
  3. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Razor Sharp Mix) — 3:53 b
  4. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Razor Sharp Instrumental) — 5:04
  5. "What The Blood Clot" (LP Version) — 3:25
  • UK, CD Maxi-Single[14]
  1. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Razor Sharp Mix) — 3:25 b
  2. "Bring The Pain" (Chemical Vocal) — 5:58 c
  3. "Release Yo'delf" (Prodigy Mix) — 5:55 d
  4. "Bring The Pain" (Chemical Instrumental) — 5:21 c
  • Germany, CD Maxi-Single[15]
  1. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Puff Daddy Mix) — 5:08 a
  2. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Razor Sharp Mix) — 3:53 b
  3. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (LP Version) — 3:16 a
  4. "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" (Puff Daddy Instrumental) — 5:04
  5. "What The Blood Clot" (LP Version) — 3:25

a Remix production by Sean "Puffy" Combs
b Remix production by Prince Rakeem "RZA"
c Remix production by Chemical Brothers
d Remix production by The Prodigy
e Remix production Trackmasters

Personnel[edit]

  • Method Man – Rap vocals
  • Mary J. Blige – Lead vocals, background vocals
  • RZA – Producer, remix producer
  • Puff Daddy – Remix producer
  • Trackmasters - Remix producer
  • Jeff Trotter – A&R
  • Drew Dixon – A&R

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brumfield, Elijah. Vocal https://vocal.media/beat/the-day-i-got-wu-tang-clan-chinese-food. Retrieved 2021-04-12. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Ahmed, Insanul. "Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records (Part 1)". Complex Music. complex.com. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1995". Billboard. BPI Communications. 108 (3): 56. January 20, 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. 3 June 1995. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 396.
  6. ^ "VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs". Stereogum. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  7. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2006-06-01). "The Season of Thug-Love Duets Has Begun (Published 2006)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  8. ^ 1. Method Man f/ Mary J. Blige "All I Need/I'll Be There For You" (1995) — The 25 Best Hip-Hop Love Songs | Complex
  9. ^ "Mary J. Blige Demonstrates Exactly Why She's a Living Legend With 2019 BET Awards Medley". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  10. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2019-06-24). "See Mary J. Blige Perform Career-Spanning Medley at BET Awards". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  11. ^ Bloom, Madison. "BET Awards 2019: Watch Rihanna Honor Mary J. Blige With Lifetime Achievement Award". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  12. ^ Lisa Respers France (2019-06-24). "Mary J. Blige did her own damn tribute". CNN Digital. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  13. ^ "Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige - I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By (1995, US Single)".
  14. ^ "Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige - I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By (1995, UK Single)".
  15. ^ "Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige - I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By (1995, Germany Single)".
  16. ^ "Method Man ft Mary J. Blige: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  17. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  21. ^ "1995 The Year in Music" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 51. December 23, 1995. p. YE-38. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 28, 2021. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  22. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1995". Billboard. 108 (3): 56. January 20, 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Method Man – I'll Be There For You". Recording Industry Association of America.

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