I Got a Man

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"I Got a Man"
I Got a Man.jpg
Single by Positive K
from the album The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills
Released December 1, 1992
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Recorded 1992
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:52
Label Island
Writer(s) Byron Lee Miller, Roland Bautista, Darryl Gison, Janice Marie Johnson
Producer(s) Positive K
Positive K singles chronology
"I Got a Man"

"I Got a Man" is a song by American hip hop rapper Positive K. It was released in December 1992 as the first single from his debut album The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills.

Creation of the song[edit]

Positive K has stated that the song is about a man's desire to engage romantically with a woman he meets on the street. Although the woman is already in a relationship, the man refuses to consider this relevant to his pursuit. She continues to reject him and persists in explaining her satisfaction with her current relationship. She even offers to alternatively pursue a platonic friendship with the man, but he declines. He further suggests that he is not interested in a committed relationship or plying her with gifts; rather he is in favor of physical pleasures they can experience together. She rebukes him and remarks that she prefers what she has.

In creating of the song itself the rapper himself provided not only the male vocals but also the female vocals [1] by raising the pitch of his voice using studio technology.


The single peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart week of March 20, 1993, making it the rapper's only Top 40 hit. It sold over 500,000 copies and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2][3]

Music video[edit]

There were two music videos for "I Got a Man". The first version was directed by Hype Williams,[4] while the second version was directed by Jeff Byrd.[5]


The music samples the following:

  • the 1980 disco single "Rescue Me" by A Taste of Honey
  • the song "Spread Love" by the a cappella group Take 6
  • the song "High Power Rap" by the rap group Crash Crew
  • the electric guitar riff from "Mama Used To Say" by Junior
  • the horn from "Get Up and Dance" by Freedom
  • The spoken intro of the song ("the same shit happened to the same guy twice!") is sampled from the 1990 film Die Hard 2 in which John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) complains about his bad luck.

Tributes to the song[edit]

In 1999, Chanté Moore and Jermaine Dupri used an interpolation of the song on their remix of "Chanté's Got a Man".


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1992–1993) Peak
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 41
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 19
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 14
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 10
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Recurrents 2
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 12

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 63


  1. ^ Willman, Chris (1993-05-16). "Rap and Feminism Do Mix - Surprise! Videos by Positive K and Paris put a positive spin on respect for women". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "American certifications – Positive K – I Got a Man". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  4. ^ "I Got A Man (Version 1)". mvdbase.com. Music Video Database. Retrieved 2015-12-13.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "I Got A Man (Version 2)". mvdbase.com. Music Video Database. Retrieved 2015-12-13.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Positive K search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Positive K – I Got a Man". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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