I Can Love You

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"I Can Love You"
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Single by Mary J. Blige featuring Lil' Kim
from the album Share My World
Released May 6, 1997 (1997-05-06)
Recorded 1996; The Record Plant
(Los Angeles, California)
Length 4:23
Label MCA
Producer(s) Rodney Jerkins
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Love Is All We Need"
"I Can Love You"
Lil' Kim singles chronology
"Not Tonight"
"I Can Love You"
"It's All About the Benjamins"

"I Can Love You" is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by Blige along with her sister LaTonya Blige-DaCosta, Rodney Jerkins, and Lil' Kim for her third album, Share My World (1997), with Jerkins producing the song and Lil Kim having featured vocals. In addition, the song also features a sample of the song "Queen Bitch," a track from Kim's debut album Hard Core (1996), co-written by Carlos Broady and Nashiem Myrick. "I Can Love You" was released as the second single from Share My World in the US, where it reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Release and reaction[edit]

"I Can Love You" was issued as a radio-only promotional single in America. Ultimately, it peaked at number two on the R&B singles chart and number twenty-eight on the American pop chart. In the UK, the song was released as the b-side to "Missing You".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "I Can Love You" was directed by Kevin Bray. Shot at a house and forest, It features Mary, Kim, and other people are partying and having fun.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the Share My World liner notes.[1]



  1. ^ Blige, Mary J. (1997). Share My World (Liner Notes) (Compact Disc). Mary J. Blige. MCA Records. 
  2. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Mary J. Blige. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Mary J. Blige. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: Year End 1997". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017.