I Can Love You

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This article is about the Mary J. Blige song. For the 1978 song, see Oak Ridge Boys. For the 2003 song, see Gary Allan discography.
"I Can Love You"
MJB—I Can Love You.jpg
CD single cover
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
Writer(s) M.J. Blige, L. Blige-DaCosta, R. Jerkins, K. Jones, C. Brody, N. Myrick, C. Wallace
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 1997 song by R&B singer Mary J. Blige. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, and featuring a rap cameo by Lil' Kim, it was released as the second single from Blige's third album, Share My World.


In addition to featuring Lil Kim herself, the song also features a sample of the song, "Queen Bitch," a track from Kim's debut album Hard Core. "I Can Love You" is also notable for being one of producer Rodney Jerkins' earliest hits.

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 video was shot at a house and forest, Mary, Kim, and other people are partying and having fun.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 21
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2


  • Lead vocals by Mary J. Blige
  • Background vocals by Mary J. Blige and LaTonya Blige-DaCosta
  • Rap written and performed by Lil' Kim
  • Produced by Rodney Jerkins