One Call Away (Chingy song)

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"One Call Away"
A black and white image of the artist looking sideways, wearing both a hat and doorag.
Single by Chingy featuring J-Weav
from the album Jackpot
B-side"Bagg Up"
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2004 (2004-01-12)
Recorded2003
Genre
Length
  • 4:36 (album version)
  • 4:20 (edited version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)The Trak Starz
Chingy singles chronology
"Holidae In"
(2003)
"One Call Away"
(2004)
"I Like That"
(2004)
J-Weav singles chronology
"Stay with Me"
(1996)
"One Call Away"
(2004)
Music video
"One Call Away" on YouTube

"One Call Away" is a song by American rapper Chingy, featuring actor Jason Weaver singing the chorus, credited as J-Weav. It was released as the third and final single off his debut album, Jackpot (2003), on January 12, 2004. The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart for three weeks, and peaked at numbers three and six on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts, respectively. It also reached the top 40 in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. A video for the single (directed by Erik White) was released that featured actress Keisha Knight-Pulliam and streetball player Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion.

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Cibula of PopMatters was positive towards the song, admiring Chingy for taking on a rap ballad saying "It’s kind of adorable that he’s talking to her on the phone about politics and life when he can’t be with her, and his voice gets all softened when he talks about her, and his homeboys call him weak when he gives her a kiss on the cheek, but he doesn’t care, because he knows that she’s always just one call away from him, and vice versa."[1] In retrospect, however, the song has not fared as well; music critic Todd in the Shadows placed "One Call Away" at number 6 on his list of the "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004", citing the rapper's weak flow and poor lyricism in particular as dragging the song down.[2]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Erik White,[3] the video takes place during autumn and follows Chingy going to the DTP Bank, where he attracts the attention of a bank teller (played by actress Keisha Knight-Pulliam) by giving her his phone number along with the deposited money in a canister tube for her to have. Their relationship starts out slow with her hanging out with his friends in his apartment, she and her friends watching him play streetball to both of them going back to his apartment to get intimate with each other. The video features the chorus of "Chingy Jackpot" at the end. Streetball player Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion appears in the streetball scene in the video.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States January 12, 2004 (2004-01-12) [34]
Australia May 3, 2004 (2004-05-03) CD [35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004". Vimeo. February 6, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
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  32. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on July 27, 2020.
  33. ^ "American single certifications – Chingy – One Call Away". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 15, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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