This Is How We Do It

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"This Is How We Do It"
Single by Montell Jordan
from the album This Is How We Do It
Released February 6, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1994
Genre New jack swing, Hip hop soul, Dance-pop
Length 3:59
Label Def Jam
  • Montell Jordan
  • Oji Pierce
Certification Platinum
Montell Jordan singles chronology
"This Is How We Do It"
"Somethin' 4 da Honeyz"

"This Is How We Do It" is the debut single by American singer Montell Jordan. It was released by Def Jam Recordings on February 6, 1995 as the lead single from his debut album of the same name. The single was Def Jam's first R&B release.[1]

The song is representative of the hip hop soul style popular at the time,[1][2] featuring Jordan singing over an enhanced sample of Slick Rick's "Children's Story" which in turn samples Bob James' "Nautilus".[3] "This Is How We Do It" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks from 15 April to 27 May 1995, and was also number one for seven weeks on the R&B singles chart.[4] The single sold one million copies domestically and earned a platinum certification from the RIAA.[5][6]

A cover of the song by Mis-Teeq appears in the movie Ali G Indahouse and on its soundtrack album.[7][8] A cover by AlunaGeorge is a bonus track on their debut studio album Body Music.[9]

The song appears in Kinect game Dance Central 2 and Saints Row IV on one of the in game radio stations "107.7 The Mix FM" and is played during the ending of the game where all the characters dance to the song.

The song earned Jordan a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards.


The Party (This Is How We Do It)[edit]

"The Party (This Is How We Do It)"
Single by Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan
Released 15 May 2015[21]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre House
Length 3:04
Label Spinnin'
Writer(s) Montell Jordan
Joe Stone singles chronology
"The Party (This Is How We Do It)"
"Until The Morning (Joe Stone Remix)"

Dutch DJ Joe Stone remixed the song and it was released officially on 31 July 2015.


Music video[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Party (This Is How We Do It) (Original Mix)" (featuring Montell Jordan) 4:44
2. "The Party (This Is How We Do It) (Radio Edit)" (featuring Montell Jordan) 3:04


Chart (2015) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[22] 65
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[23] 9
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[24] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 17
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[25] 14

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland 31 July 2015 Digital download Spinnin'
United Kingdom[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Reynolds, J.R. (June 3, 1995). "Is Hip-Hop's Growing Dominance of R&B an Evolutionary Step, Or Is It Displacing Traditional Soul Music Altogether?". Billboard. 107 (22): 2. 
  2. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1999). "Hip-Hop Soul". In Light, Alan. The Vibe History of Hip-Hop (1st ed.). Three Rivers Press. pp. 307–317. 
  3. ^ Ernest Baker; Alysa Lechner; David Drake; Insanul Ahmed; Tannis Spencer (19 Mar 2013). "The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats". Complex. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 310. 
  5. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1995". Billboard. BPI Communications. 108 (3): 56. January 20, 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American certifications – Jordan, Montell – This Is How We Do It". Recording Industry Association of America. 
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  10. ^ RPM: issue date June 5, 1995
  11. ^ " – Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It". Swiss Singles Chart.
  12. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1995-05-07" UK Singles Chart. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_UK_" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-05-14" UK R&B Chart.
  14. ^ "Montell Jordan – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Montell Jordan.
  15. ^ "Montell Jordan – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Montell Jordan.
  16. ^ "Montell Jordan – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Montell Jordan.
  17. ^ "Montell Jordan – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Montell Jordan.
  18. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1995
  19. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  20. ^ Geoff Mayfield (25 December 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
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  22. ^ "Chart Track: Week 34, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-08-13". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  24. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-08-13" UK Dance Chart.
  25. ^ Illegal name entered Joe Stone/Joe+Stone/chart?f=359 "Joe Stone – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Joe Stone.
  26. ^ Joe Stone - The Party (This Is How We Do It)

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