In the Zone (song)

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"In The Zone"
In The Zone - Ivy Queen featuring Wyclef Jean.jpg
Single by Ivy Queen featuring Wyclef Jean
from the album The Original Rude Girl
ReleasedFebruary 9, 1999
FormatCD single, Maxi single, 12", Vinyl
Recorded1997
GenreHip hop
Length4:13
LabelSony Discos
Songwriter(s)Martha Pesante, Wyclef Jean, Omar Navarro, Deborah Castillero, Aaron King
Producer(s)DJ Nelson
Ivy Queen singles chronology
"Al Escuchar Mí Coro"
(1998)
"In The Zone"
(1999)
"Ritmo Latino"
(2000)
Wyclef Jean singles chronology
"Gunpowder"
(1998)
"In The Zone"
(1999)
"New Day"
(1999)

"In The Zone" is a song by Puerto Rican recording artist Ivy Queen featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. It was composed by Queen, Jean, Deborah Castillero, Aaron King and Omar Navarro and released on February 9, 1999, as the lead single from her second studio album The Original Rude Girl (1998). The song is a hip hop track.

The collaboration with Wyclef Jean helped elevate Ivy Queen's status and expose her to American audiences. An accompanying music video was also shot and released. It was directed by Jeff Kennedy and produced by George Barnes. A remix version was also recorded and included on the album featuring extra verses from both Queen and Jean. The song managed to chart at number 38 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40.

Background[edit]

In 1998, while Wyclef Jean was touring Puerto Rico, Ivy Queen attended one of his concerts. Wyclef then sent an invitation for fans to come up on stage if they thought they could flow. With encouragement from friends, Queen gained the courage to step up on stage and do her thing. Needless to say her singing and rapping ability amazed Wyclef enough that later they collaborated on a track in the studio, thus "In The Zone" was born.

Composition[edit]

"In The Zone" was written by Ivy Queen, Wyclef Jean, Omar Navarro, known artistically as Gran Omar, Deborah Castillero and Aaron King. Gran Omar was Queen's then-husband at the time. The song was recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City.[1] It is a hip hop song,[2] which is a departure from the musical styles of reggaeton featured on her debut effort.[3] Queen's verses are sung in Spanish, and Jean's verses are sung in English. However, Queen can be heard speaking English as well such as in the chorus where Jean says "Ayo, where you from Ivy Queen" where she replies with "Puerto Rico, one time". The official release features five tracks. The first is a dance remix of the song while the second is the Album version. The third track is a salsa version produced by DJ Nelson. A hip hop remix by King Saphreem is track number four while the a cappella is track five. According to Patricia Meschino of the Miami New Times the song was a solid collaboration with Jean which introduced her to a new audience.[4]

Release and promotion[edit]

Following the album's fourth quarter release on December 15, 1998, Ivy Queen embarked on a tour shortly after throughout Puerto Rico and the United States. The song was released February 9, 1999.[5] An accompanying music video was also shot and released. It was directed by Jeff Kennedy and produced by George Barnes.[2] A second music video was filmed and directed by Gabriel Goldberg. A remix version was also recorded and included on the album featuring extra verses from both Queen and Jean. A second single, "Ritmo Latino" featuring Victor Vargas and WepaMan was also released in 1999.

The album was reissued by Sony Discos on August 25, 1999 with an alternate remix of "In The Zone" as the closing track.[6] In August 1998, she performed at Disney Beach Club Resort along with other artists from the Sony Discos label over the course of three days.[7] She appeared at the 1999 Latin Alternative Music Conference before she became famous and was questioned as to why she was there. The founder, Thomas Cookman responded in her defense with "because she's valid".[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • CD Single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."In The Zone (Diaz Brothers' Radio Mix)"Martha I. Pesante, Wyclef Jeanelle Jean, Omar NavarroDiaz Brothers4:07
2."In The Zone (Original Flow Mix)"Pesante, Jean, NavarroDJ Nelson4:13
3."In The Zone (King Sahpreem Remix)"Pesante, Jean, NavarroKing Sahpreem3:35
4."In The Zone (Latinezz Version)"Pesante, Jean, NavarroDJ Nelson3:42
5."In The Zone (A'cappella)"Pesante, Jean, NavarroDJ Nelson3:21
Total length:18:97

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Credits adapted from single's liner notes
Track One — Brother's Radio Mix
  • Produced and mixed by: Luis Diaz and Hugo Boss for Diaz Bros. Productions.
  • Recorded and mixed at: Extreme Music Studios, Miami, Florida
Track Two — Original Flow Mix
Track Three — DJ Sahpreem King Mix
  • Produced by: Sahpreem King for Sewer Ratz Productions, Inc. / Perpetual Nod Recordings, Inc.
  • Additional production by: Dr. Paul for Chain Gain Productions Inc.
Track Four — Latineez Version
  • Produced and mixed by: DJ Nelson for Flow Music Productions
  • Congas and guitar by: Georgie Salgado
  • Additional percussion and bass by: N. Diaz

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
US Rhythmic Top 40 (Billboard)[9][10] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Escalera: Ivy recording "In The Zone" with Wyclef Jean in NYC". Tr3s. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  2. ^ a b Lannert, John (1999-03-24). "Ivy Queen Zones With 'Clef". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  3. ^ Hay, Carla (1999-06-26). "Popular Uprisings: Billboard's Weekly Coverage of Hot Prospects for The Heatseekers Chart - Ivy Queen". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  4. ^ Meschino, Patricia (2004-02-26). "Reggaetón Royalty: Ivy Queen stands out among a sea of rude boys". Miami New Times. Miami New Times, LLC. Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  5. ^ "In The Zone - Ivy Queen : Songs, Review, Credits, Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  6. ^ "The Original Rude Girl - Release Information, Reviews and Credits: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  7. ^ Cobo, Leila (1998-09-05). "Artist and Music: Sony Discos Honors Staff, Artist at Confab". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  8. ^ Cobo, Leila (2005-07-06). "LAMC: What's It Worth? – Despite Changing Tastes and Sounds, The Latin American Alternative Music Conference Still Provides Necessary Outlet". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  9. ^ "Ivy Queen - Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  10. ^ "Rhythmic Top 40 1999-03-13". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-24.

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