Not Tonight

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"Not Tonight"
Single by Lil' Kim featuring Da Brat, Left Eye, Missy "Misdeameanor" Elliott and Angie Martinez
from the album Hard Core and Nothing to Lose (soundtrack)
  • "Drugs"
  • "Crush on You"
Released June 30, 1997 (1997-06-30)
Recorded 1997
Studio Master Sound Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Length 4:31 (original)
4:24 (remix)
Lil' Kim singles chronology
"Crush On You"
(1997) Crush On You1997
"Not Tonight"
(1997) Not Tonight1997
"I Can Love You"
(1997) I Can Love You1997
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes singles chronology
(1995) Freedom1995
"Not Tonight"
(1997) Not Tonight1997
"U Know What's Up"
(1999) U Know What's Up1999
Da Brat singles chronology
"Ghetto Love"
(1997) Ghetto Love1997
"Not Tonight"
(1997) Not Tonight1997
"Sock It 2 Me"
(1997) Sock It 2 Me1997
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
(1997) The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)1997
"Not Tonight"
(1997) Not Tonight1997
"Up Jumps da Boogie"
(1997) Up Jumps da Boogie1997
Angie Martinez singles chronology
"Not Tonight"
(1997) Not Tonight1997
"Dem Thangz"
(2001) Dem Thangz2001

"Not Tonight" is a song performed by American rap artist Lil' Kim, featuring Jermaine Dupri, for her debut studio album Hard Core (1996). A remix was conducted the next year, featuring Lil' Kim with other female rappers including Da Brat, Missy "Misdeameanor" Elliott, Angie Martinez, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes from the Nothing to Lose soundtrack. The song became a hit in the U.S., peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Lil' Kim's third consecutive number 1 hit on the Rap Songs chart, becoming the first female rapper to do so. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA.[1]


The original version of "Not Tonight" was featured on Lil' Kim's debut album Hard Core (1996). It was produced by Jermaine Dupri, who was also featured on the song.

The remix, known as "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)" (1997) was released as a single and was performed by Lil' Kim, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes" and was featured on the Nothing to Lose soundtrack. This version samples "Ladies' Night" by Kool & the Gang. The remix became a top 40 hit in the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands. It was produced by Rashad "Ringo" Smith.

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in West Palm Beach, Florida from June 27–28, 1997. The video starts off showing the girls on a boat, and eventually into a jungle setting. The music video shows clips from the movie Nothing to Lose. It also features guest appearances from other female celebrities including Mary J. Blige, T-Boz, Queen Latifah, SWV, Xscape, Blaque, Changing Faces, Total, and Maia Campbell.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • U.S. CD/cassette single[2]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Not Tonight" (Instrumental)
  • U.S. maxi-single[3]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Crush On You" (Remix)
  3. "Drugs"
  4. "Not Tonight"
  5. "Crush On You"
  6. "Not Tonight" (Remix instrumental)
  7. "Drugs" (Instrumental)
  8. "Not Tonight" (Original instrumental)
  • U.S. 12" vinyl
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Not Tonight" (Instrumental remix)
  3. "Drugs"
  4. "Crush on You" (Remix)
  5. "Crush on You" (Remix instrumental)
  6. "Drugs" (Instrumental)
  • Europe CD single[4]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Not Tonight" (Remix Instrumental)
  3. "Drugs" (Album Version)
  4. "Drugs" (Instrumental)
  • UK cassette single[5]
  1. "Not Tonight" (Remix)
  2. "Drugs" (Album Version)

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits from "Not Tonight" are taken from the singles liner notes.[6]


  • Recorded at Sound-On-Sound, The Hit Factory & Capitol Recording Studio
  • Recorded by Ed Raso, Andy Cardenas & Bill Smith


  • Vocals – Lil' Kim, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
  • Songwriting – K. Jones, M. Elliott, L. Lopes, S. Harris, A. Martinez, R. Bell, G. Brown, M. Muhammed, C. Smith, J. Taylor, D. Thomas, E. Toon
  • Producer – Armando Colon, Rashad Smith
  • Mixing – Rick Travali and L. Lopes

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American single certifications – Lil' Kim – Not Tonight". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ Discogs. "Lil' Kim Not Tonight US cd single". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Discogs. "Lil' Kim Not Tonight US maxi single". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Discogs. "Lil' Kim Not Tonight Europe CD single". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Discogs. "Lil' Kim Not Tonight UK cassette single". Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Not Tonight credits". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  8. ^ "End of Year Charts 1997". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Billboard (1997-12-27). Billboard – 1997 The Year In Music. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  10. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Lil' Kim – Not Tonight (Remix)". Recorded Music NZ. 
  11. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 

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