Playas Gon' Play

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"Playas Gon' Play"
Playas Gon' Play.jpg
Single by 3LW
from the album 3LW
B-side"Never Let 'Em Go"
ReleasedMay 1, 2001 (2001-05-01) (United States)
Length4:43 (album version)
3:41 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Sean "Sep" Hall, Nate Butler
Producer(s)Sean "Sep" Hall
3LW singles chronology
"No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)"
"Playas Gon' Play"
"Feels Good (Don't Worry Bout a Thing)"
Music video
"Playas Gon' Play" on YouTube

"Playas Gon' Play" is the second and final single from 3LW's self-titled debut album 3LW. The single was released in May 2001. Although it was a favorable song among fans, the song only peaked at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100. It performed moderately on the UK Singles Chart where it peaked just outside the top twenty at number 21. The song featured lead vocals from former group member Naturi Naughton. Billboard named the song number 89 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Darren Grant on February 17, 2001. It received decent video play on TV channels such as BET and MTV and enjoyed some success on BET's Top Ten Video Countdown, 106 & Park and MTV's TRL. The video debuted on TRL on March 7, 2001 at number 7 and stayed on the countdown for 11 days and peaked at number 5. The video fell off the countdown on May 18, 2001.

The video starts with the girls being dropped of at a tropical beach resort. Once they have been dropped off, they change into their bathing suits and walk through the resort. As they walk through the resort, boys are looking at them. Throughout the video are scenes of the girls hanging out on a balcony watching over the resort. Another portion of the video shows the girls performing a dance routine in front on the pond at the resort at night.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Playas Gon' Play" (Album Version) — 4:42
  2. "Playas Gon' Play" (Instrumental) — 4:43
  3. "Playas Gon' Play" (A Cappella) — 4:37
  4. "Never Let Em' Go" - 3:46
  5. "Never Let Em' Go (Remix)" - 4:06

International single

  1. "Playas Gon' Play" (Radio Edit) – 3:41
  2. "Playas Gon' Play" (8-Jam Street Mix) – 5:08
  3. "Playas Gon' Play" (System 3 Step Mix) – 6:11
  4. "Playas Gon' Play" (Enhanced Video) – 3:48

Official version and remixes[edit]

  1. Album Version
  2. Radio Edit
  3. Instrumental
  4. A Cappella
  5. System 3 Step Mix
  6. 8-Jam Street Mix


Chart (2001) Peak
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[2] 83
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 46
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 36
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 45
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 21
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 81
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 56
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[10] 17


  1. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Euro Chart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. 2001-09-15. p. 9. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Chart Track: Week 35, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  4. ^ " – 3LW – Playas Gon' Play". Top 40 Singles.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "3LW Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "3LW Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "3LW Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2015.

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