Rainy Dayz

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"Rainy Dayz"
Rainy Dayz (album).jpg
Single by Mary J. Blige featuring Ja Rule
from the album Poster Rainbow
ReleasedNovember 5, 2002 (2002-11-05)
Format
Recorded2002
Genre
Length4:36
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Irv Gotti
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"No More Drama"
(2002)
"Rainy Dayz"
(2002)
"Got Your Money"
(2003)

"Rainy Dayz" is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige featuring additional vocals by rapper Ja Rule. Taken from Blige's re-release of her fifth studio album, Poster Rainbow, the track was released to coincide with the release of the album's reissue, serving as its final single. The Irv Gotti-produced duet became another hit for both, while peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 in the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

Ja Rule wrote "Rainy Dayz" in response to the September 11 attacks in his home city of New York. He told Complex, "I went in my basement in my studio and put that record together because that’s how I was feeling about the situation. I felt like the nation—us as a country, us as people—we were going through a rainy day. It will pass but today this is what it is. Speaking to TRL, he said, "It’s basically about how we feel going through life. But [in] these times, especially right now [with] what’s going on, it kind of fits. On the record, I’m basically saying that it’s these rainy days that we spend a lifetime trying to wash away. Just waiting for the sun to come and shine again. But until then, come smile for me. So that’s the kind of vibe that [the song] is on.[1]

The track was originally written for TLC for their fourth studio album 3D, but the group turned the track down.[2] Group member Tionne Watkins commented on this, saying "It wasn't that I didn't like the song, it was more so that I felt like I've already been there, done that, and I was just on another page at the time". References to TLC being the group in mind when the track was written can be heard in the lyrics "We’re always livin’ so crazy and sexy and cool" (in reference to their album CrazySexyCool) and "Baby didn’t we tell you before about chasin’ those waterfalls" (in reference to their 1995 single "Waterfalls"). The track also has a reference to the Marvin Gaye song "What's Going On."

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD 01

  1. "Rainy Dayz" (featuring Ja Rule) (Album Version)
  2. "Rainy Dayz" (featuring Ja Rule) (Thunderpuss Radio Edit)
  3. "Rainy Dayz" (featuring Ja Rule) (Thunderpuss Club Mix)
  4. "Rainy Dayz" (featuring Ja Rule) (Thunderdub)

CD 02

  1. "Rainy Dayz" (featuring Ja Rule) (Thunderpuss Remix)
  2. "Let No Man Put Asunder" (Maurice Joshua Remix)
  3. "Sexy" (featuring Jadakiss)

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 44
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 58
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 29
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 55
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 65
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 12
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 8
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[13] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fu, Eddie (February 19, 2018). "Ja Rule Wrote Mary J. Blige's "Rainy Dayz" After The Twin Towers Fell On 9/11". Genius. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Gale, Alex. "Ja Rule Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs". complex.com. Complex Magazine. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mary J Blige feat. Ja Rule – Rainy Dayz" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Mary J Blige feat. Ja Rule – Rainy Dayz". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 7, 2002". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mary J Blige feat. Ja Rule" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Mary J Blige feat. Ja Rule – Rainy Dayz". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Ja Rule – Rainy Dayz". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Ja Rule – Rainy Dayz". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  10. ^ "Mary J. Blige feat. Ja Rule: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  11. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  12. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  13. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-03.