Remember Me (T.I. song)

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"Remember Me"
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Single by T.I. featuring Mary J. Blige
from the album Paper Trail: Case Closed
ReleasedJuly 7, 2009 (2009-07-07)
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length4:05
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Ester Dean
  • Clifford Harris
  • Jamal Jones
  • Jason Perry
Producer(s)
T.I. singles chronology
"Day Dreaming"
(2009)
"Remember Me"
(2009)
"Hell of a Life"
(2009)
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Stay Down"
(2008)
"Remember Me"
(2009)
"The One"
(2009)

"Remember Me" was the planned first single from the re-release of T.I.'s sixth album, Paper Trail;[1] however, the re-release was eventually shelved, although the song would still be released digitally.[2]

Background[edit]

In the UK, the song was released as a single and was taken from an EP, entitled Paper Trail: Case Closed. It features Mary J. Blige. The song was officially released to urban radio the week of July 7, 2009.[3] The main message of the song is remembrance. Its original title was "Don't Forget."[4] The song is about T.I.'s jail sentence and how he wants people to remember him as he is not going to be gone forever, including the verse "By the time you hear this, I'd be half way home." It also talks about the hard times in his life and how he does not give up. In the song T.I. mentions Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and how he is the modern day version of them. With no promotion the single sold over 80,000 downloads in its first week, and it debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Jessy Terrero, and follows on from the themes of the song, showing prisoners being forgotten by their significant others while incarcerated.[1][5] A trailer was posted on June 15, 2009,[6] and the full video was released on July 13, 2009, and it was later released on iTunes on July 28. The beginning of the video starts where Dead and Gone left off, with T.I. being led to a prison cell to begin a sentence. T.I. then appears inside of his house, but he cannot be seen by anyone else. He finds his wife and another man celebrating after finding out T.I. was going to prison. Two other prisoners are featured in similar scenarios, where they appear outside of their homes but cannot be seen. One inmate sees his girlfriend cheating on him in front of his daughter, and another sees his girlfriend throw a letter he wrote to her in a trash can. The video ends with T.I. being released from prison.

Track listing[edit]

Digital single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Remember Me" (feat. Mary J. Blige)Clifford Harris, Mary J. Blige, Ester Dean, Jamal Jones, Jason PerryPolow da Don4:05

Chart Positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 29
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 42

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