Only Wanna Give It to You

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"Only Wanna Give It to You"
Single by Elle Varner featuring J. Cole
from the album Perfectly Imperfect
Released August 16, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre R&B, neo soul, hip hop soul
Length 3:58
Label J
Writer(s) Elle Varner, Jermaine Lamarr Cole, Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Warren "Oak" Felder, Frankie Storm
Producer(s) Pop & Oak
Elle Varner singles chronology
"Only Wanna Give It to You"
J. Cole singles chronology
"Only Wanna Give It to You"
"Can't Get Enough"
Music video
"Only Wanna Give It to You" on YouTube

"Only Wanna Give It to You" is a song by American singer-songwriter and R&B recording artist Elle Varner, released on August 16, 2011 as a digital download. It serves as her debut single and the lead single from her debut studio album, Perfectly Imperfect (2012). The song features American rapper J. Cole and was produced by Oak & Pop. The Elle Varner song was released and her only single with J Records prior to RCA Records before closing down the label.


On October 4, 2011, Varner appeared on BET's 106 & Park to premier the video for "Only Wanna Give It to You". While she was there she was asked how the J. Cole collaboration came to be, she explained: "We actually met in college. He went to St. John's and we had a mutual friend at my school and like two years later I saw him in the Sony building when I had just got signed and I bumped into him I was like 'Yo what's up what are you doing here?' and he's like 'Yo I just signed with Roc Nation' and I"m like 'Yo I just signed with J. Records… When it came time to do the lead single for my album he was the first person I thought of."[1]


Critical response[edit] compared the song to Mary J. Blige and Method Man's 1995 hit "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By". They give praise to the Oak & Pop heavily influenced beat and Varner's vocals stating "Varner puts her distinctly unique voice on full display, laying down charismatic vocals declaring that she loves her man even more than her shoes".[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Orson Whales, was filmed in New York City. On October 3, behind-the-scene photos surfaced onto the Internet.[3] The video depicts the 22-year-old singer-songwriter shop for shoes, chase her leading man, cruise with her girlfriends in her yellow Jeep Wrangler, and appear with J. Cole as he raps his verse in the vibrant visuals. The video also featured a new and up-and-coming group called the "Tribe NYC", which is a collective group of talents who also pays homage to the late 1980s early 90s with their style. The video was released October 4, 2011, with Varner premiering it on BET's 106 & Park later that day.

Chart performance[edit]

The song first charted on the week of September 5, 2011 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number ninety-four.[4] It has since peaked at number twenty.


Chart (2011–12) Peak
Japan (Billboard Japan Hot 100)[5] 23
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 20

Release Information[edit]

Purchasable Release[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref
United States August 16, 2011 Digital download J Records [6]


  1. ^ "Elle Varner Debuts New Video on 106 and Park". BET. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  2. ^ Elle Varner - Only Wanna Give It To You
  3. ^ ON THE SET: Elle Varner & J. Cole Film The “Only Wanna Give It To You" Video
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  5. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. October 10, 2012. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ [1]. Retrieved September 22, 2011.

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