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 1997 song by American rapper Busta Rhymes from his second studio album When Disaster Strikes (1997). It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards, but lost to "Men in Black" by Will Smith. In addition to the Grammy nomination, the video also garnered four VMA nominations including Best Male Video and Best Rap Video at the 1998 MTV VMA's.
The song became successful, it peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, as well as reaching number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, whilst reaching number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart. In 1999, MTV ranked the video itself at #20 for The 100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made. The song contains a sample of "Sweet Green Fields" by Seals and Crofts. It was later sampled by R&B trio Total for their song "If You Want Me" off of their second album Kima, Keisha, and Pam (1998). Janet Jackson has also sampled the song in a dance breakdown to her hit song "Nasty" on "The Velvet Rope Tour". Soul singer Syleena Johnson used a sample of the music for her single "Tonight I'm Gonna Let Go (the Remix)" which features Rhymes and the Flipmode Squad from the parent album Chapter 2: The Voice (2002).
The official music video for the song, directed by Hype Williams, 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.
- "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.