Take Away (song)

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"Take Away"
Missy Elliott - Take Away.jpg
Single by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott featuring Ginuwine and introducing Tweet
from the album Miss E... So Addictive
Released October 18, 2001 (2001-10-18) (airplay)
November 5, 2001 (2001-11-05) (CD single)[1]
January 29, 2002 (2002-01-29) (international release)[2]
Format CD
Recorded 2001; Westlake Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length 4:58 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"One Minute Man"
(2001)
"Take Away"
(2001)
"Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)"
(2001)
"One Minute Man"
(2001)
"Take Away"
(2001)
"Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)"
(2001)
Ginuwine singles chronology
"Differences"
(2001) Differences2001
"Take Away"
(2001) Take Away2001
"Just Because"
(2002) Just Because2002
Tweet singles chronology
"Take Away"
(2001) Take Away2001
"All Y'all"
(2001) All Y'all2001

"Take Away" is a song by American rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. It was written by Elliott and Timbaland for Elliott's third studio album Miss E... So Addictive (2001) and features production by Elliott, Timbaland and Craig Brockman along with guest vocals from R&B singer, Ginuwine. While the album version credits background vocals by 702 member, Kameelah Williams, the single version replaces Williams's vocals with then-newcomer Tweet.

The song and its accompanying music video is dedicated to Elliott's close friend Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash on August 25, 2001. The remainder of the music video features a snippet of Elliott's single, "4 My People", which served as an aptly–upbeat dedication to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and citizens of the United States.[3]

The track was released via radio airplay as the album's third single on October 18, 2001 and began charting as an album cut.[4] Soon as it picked up heavier airplay and debuted on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks at 84, the song was physically released in the United States on November 5, 2001, and in international regions on January 29, 2002.[1][2][4]

On September 29, 2014, the album version of the song was sampled by Elliott's protégée Sharaya J for her single, "Takin' It No More".[5][6]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Dave Meyers, the video begins with a message from Missy Elliott:

Elliott is then shown singing her verses in a Fantasy Kingdom–themed palace; decorated with angelic statues and flowers. Tweet is then spotted singing the chorus with Elliott while holding an umbrella under showering flower petals. The following scene then shows Ginuwine singing his verses in two differing locations—one being a rocky cave; and the other being steps of the palace. During his verses, Ginuwine along with Elliott glance at the sight of waterfalls where pictures of Aaliyah are reflecting from the water. Tweet is then shown singing the chorus with Elliott, while playing the harp as people dressed in white begin to dance. The video then transitions to Elliott performing "4 My People" with an American crowd in an upbeat dedication to the 9/11 victims.

The video then ends with a message from Elliott:

Track listings and formats[edit]

European 12" vinyl[7]
  1. "Take Away" (Album Version) (featuring Ginuwine & Tweet) — 4:58
  2. "Take Away" (Radio Edit) (featuring Ginuwine & Tweet) — 3:41
  3. "One Minute Man" (Original Version) (featuring Ludacris & Trina) — 4:25
  4. "Get Ur Freak On" (Superchumbo's Superfreakon Remix) — 8:53
European CD/Maxi-single[8]
  1. "Take Away" (Radio Edit) — 3:41
  2. "Take Away" (Album Version) — 4:58
  3. "One Minute Man" (Original Version) (featuring Ludacris & Trina) — 4:25
  4. "Get Ur Freak On" (Superchumbo's Superfreakon Remix) — 8:53
  5. "Get Ur Freak On" (Music Video) — 3:55
US CD single[9]
  1. "Take Away" (Radio Edit) (featuring Ginuwine & introducing Tweet) — 3:43
  2. "Take Away" (Instrumental) — 4:59
  3. "Take Away" (TV Track) — 5:00
  4. "Take Away" (Acappella) (featuring Ginuwine & introducing Tweet) — 3:48

Charts[edit]

Charts (2001) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 59
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 54
Germany (Media Control AG)[12] 96
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 45
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[14] 44
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[13] 13
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay[15] 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Take Away - Missy Elliott". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Take Away / Get Ur Freak on: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Take Away | Missy Elliott | Music Video". MTV Music. MTV Networks. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Billboard: Hot R&B/Hip Hop." Billboard. November 3, 2001: 46. Print.
  5. ^ "THE G-POD: "Takin' It No More/Shut It Down" by Sharaya J [VIDEO]". The G-List Society. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Daniels, Sharifa (29 September 2014). "Sharaya J Drops 'Takin' It No More' and 'Shut it Down'". Vibe Vixen. Vibe. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* - Take Away (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* Featuring Ginuwine & Introducing Tweet - Take Away (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* Featuring Ginuwine & Introducing Tweet - Take Away (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott+feat.+Ginuwine&titel=Take+Away&cat=s Ultratop.be – Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott feat. Ginuwine – Take Away" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  11. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott+feat.+Ginuwine&titel=Take+Away&cat=s Ultratop.be – Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott feat. Ginuwine – Take Away" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "charts.de > Single - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott feat. Ginuwine, Take Away". Media Control Charts. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Miss E... So Addictive - Missy Elliott > Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Billboard: Hot 100 Airplay." Billboard. February 9, 2002: 66. Print.
  15. ^ "Billboard: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay." Billboard. February 9, 2002: 27. Print.

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