Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See
|"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"|
|Single by Busta Rhymes|
|from the album When Disaster Strikes|
|Released||August 13, 1997|
|Busta Rhymes singles chronology|
"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" is a Hip hop song recorded by American rapper Busta Rhymes. The single serves as the lead single from his second studio album When Disaster Strikes (1997) and its music video is notable for its homage to the 1988 Eddie Murphy film Coming to America. The song contains a sample of the 1976 recording "Sweet Green Fields" by American soft rock duo Seals and Crofts. Rhymes scored a second consecutive nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards in February 1998.
Despite huge airplay, the song only peaked within the top forty on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, where it peaked at number thirty-seven. It was most successful on its component Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it reached number two. It also charted outside the US, reaching the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart at number 16.
Reception and legacy
The official music video for the song, directed by Hype Williams and designed by Ron Norsworthy, is based on Eddie Murphy's 1988 film Coming to America. According to Busta Rhymes, the inspiration for this idea was the fact that Coming to America was playing on the television in the studio at the time he and the production crew were working on mixing the record. The film is about an African living in New York City and Busta Rhymes felt that the record had an African sound to it. At the chorus is a well choreographed dance routine which is followed by Busta running from an elephant and him, along with The Flipmode Squad, in glowing tribal African makeup and outfit. The video received heavy rotation on both the MTV and BET networks. The video was filmed at Chambers and Centre Street in Downtown Manhattan.
Awards and nominations
"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" earned Rhymes his second nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards. The award went to "Gettin' Jiggy with It" by Will Smith. The music video earned four nominations including Best Male Video and Best Rap Video at the 1998 MTV VMAs. It lost both to Will Smith, respectively, for "Just the Two of Us" and "Gettin' Jiggy with It".
- In 1997, reggae singer Tanya Stephens sampled the track for her "Google (Remix)" single.
- In 1998, female R&B trio Total sampled a portion of the record for the album cut, "If You Want Me", featuring Mase from their second album, Kima, Keisha, and Pam.
- In 2000, British R&B recording artist Craig David sampled the record for the album cut "Time to Party" from his debut album, Born to Do It.
- In 2002, R&B singer Syleena Johnson sampled the record for her single "Tonight I'm Gonna Let Go (Flipmode Remix)" which featured Rhymes and his former Flipmode Squad group members. It appears on her second album Chapter 2: The Voice.
In other media
- "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes | WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
- http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2012/08/busta-rhymes-reflects-on-the-making-of-put-your-hands-where-my-eyes-could-see-track-and-video/. XXL Magazine. Retrieved on 2012-8-24.