Things That U Do

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"Things That U Do"
Jay Z Things That U Do cover.jpg
Single by Jay-Z featuring Mariah Carey
from the album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
ReleasedJanuary 11, 2000
Format12-inch single
Producer(s)Swizz Beatz
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Things That U Do"
"My Mind Right"
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Thank God I Found You"
"Things That U Do"
"Crybaby"/"Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)"

"Things That U Do" is the second single from rapper Jay-Z's 1999 album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter. It features guest vocals by Mariah Carey and a beat produced by Swizz Beatz. AllMusic's John Bush describes it as an "overblown production,"[1] while Steve Juon of considers it a "commercially aimed song" that "still sounds fresh and original."[2] It was neither heavily promoted nor released as a CD single, causing it to chart lowly.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic editor John Bush described this song's production is "overblown."[3] Rolling Stone's Kris Ex wrote: "Far be it from me to question Allah's wisdom," he (Jay Z) rhymes on the Mariah Carey-assisted, Swizz Beatz-produced "Things That U Do." "I dodged prison, came out unscathed from car collisions/I know I must be part of some mission."[4]


Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles[5] 20

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States February 15, 2000[6] 12-inch single Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter Review at Allmusic". Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Juon, Steve. "Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter Review at". Retrieved July 18, 2007.
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  5. ^ "Jay-Z – Chart History: Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  6. ^ "Things That U Do – Jay-Z". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 30, 2013.

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