I Want to Be Your Man

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For the Lennon–McCartney song, see I Wanna Be Your Man. For the Ironik song, see I Wanna Be Your Man (Ironik song).
"I Want to Be Your Man"
Single by Roger
from the album Unlimited!
Released 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre Funk, R&B, quiet storm
Length 4:11
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Larry Troutman
Producer(s) Roger Troutman
Roger singles chronology
"Girl Cut It Out"
"I Want to Be Your Man"
"Everybody (Get Up)"

"I Want to Be Your Man" is a 1987 hit single by funk singer-songwriter Roger Troutman, from his album Unlimited!. The song was written by his brother, Larry Troutman, and produced by Roger. It features Roger singing in both his natural tenor and his trademark talk box. "I Want to Be Your Man" was Troutman's biggest solo hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It was also the biggest crossover hit of the career of Roger and the Zapp collective. Troutman topped that success nearly ten years later with his featured collaboration with 2Pac and Dr. Dre on their 1996 single "California Love".[citation needed]

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

The song was featured in the 2000 movie Love & Basketball and the 2001 movie Pootie Tang.

Covers, samples and interpolations[edit]

The song was covered by Charlie Wilson featuring Fantasia from 2010's Just Charlie.

The chorus has been re-interpolated on the following songs:

The song has also been sampled on the following:


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 499. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWLCnT1SUCQ
Preceded by
"System of Survival" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
December 19, 1987
Succeeded by
"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson