This Is How We Do It

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"This Is How We Do It"
ThisIsHowWeDoIt.jpg
Single by Montell Jordan
from the album This Is How We Do It
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1995
Recorded1994
Genre
Length4:37 (album version)
3:59 (radio edit)
3:39 (without rap)
LabelDef Jam
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Montell Jordan
  • Oji Pierce
Montell Jordan singles chronology
"This Is How We Do It"
(1995)
"Somethin' 4 da Honeyz"
(1995)

"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, also titled This Is How We Do It (1995). The single was Def Jam's first R&B release.[4]

The song is representative of the hip hop soul style popular at the time.[2][4] The song features Jordan singing over an enhanced Teddy Riley drumbeat sample of Slick Rick's "Children's Story" which in turn has an added interpolation of the bass of Bob James' "Nautilus".[3] "This Is How We Do It" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 15, 1995, rising from number six the previous week and displacing Madonna's "Take a Bow" from the top spot. It remained at number one for seven consecutive weeks. It was also number one for seven weeks on the R&B singles chart.[5] The single sold one million copies domestically and earned a platinum certification from the RIAA.[6][7]

The song earned Jordan a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. The same year, the song was named Best R&B 12-inch at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Connie Johnson from Los Angeles Times felt that the R&B crooner and songwriter "has a youthful bravado", describing the song as "hard-slammin’".[9] Ralph Tee from British magazine Music Week's RM Dance Update wrote, "This record is typical of everything that urban contemporary soul is about with its chugging swing/funk rhythms and intense Aaron Hall-style vocal and it's been flying out on import lately. Its main appeal is the infectious multi-vocal chorus, blasting out the song's title to ram home its anthemic qualities." He remarked that "there's masses of dancefloor appeal".[10] Another editor, James Hamilton, described "This Is How We Do It" as a "soulfully whined, chanted and rapped rolling jackswing joller".[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single, Europe (1995)
  1. "This Is How We Do It" (LP Version) — 3:59
  2. "This Is How We Do It" (LP Instrumental) — 3:44
  3. "I Wanna" (LP Version) — 5:25
  4. "This Is How We Do It" (Acappella) — 3:47
  • CD single, UK (1995)
  1. "This Is How We Do It" (Radio Mix) — 3:43
  2. "This Is How We Do It" (Tee's Radio Mix) — 3:46
  3. "This Is How We Do It" (Tee's Club Mix) — 5:19
  4. "This Is How We Do It" (Barr 9 Mix) — 4:05
  5. "This Is How We Do It" (Tee's Dub Mix) — 4:51
  6. "This Is How We Do It" (Wino Mix) — 3:58

Charts[edit]

Mis-Teeq version[edit]

"Roll On / This Is How We Do It"
Single by Mis-Teeq
from the album Lickin' on Both Sides
Released17 June 2002 (2002-06-17)[47]
Genre
Length3:47
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Mis-Teeq singles chronology
"B with Me"
(2002)
"Roll On / This Is How We Do It"
(2002)
"Scandalous"
(2003)

In 2002, British girl group Mis-Teeq released their version as a double A-side with "Roll On", titled "Roll On / This Is How We Do It". It peaked at number 7 on the UK charts,[49] faring four places better than the original. The original by Jordan was featured in the 2002 film Ali G Indahouse, along with the Rishi Rich mix of Mis-Teeq's version, which is also on the film's soundtrack. "This Is How We Do It" is included on the Special Edition of the album Lickin' on Both Sides.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[50] 42
Australian Urban (ARIA)[51] 13
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[52] 34
Germany (Official German Charts)[53] 100
Ireland (IRMA)[54] 41
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[55] 31
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[56] 25
Scotland (OCC)[57] 19
UK Singles (OCC)[58] 7

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

"The Party (This Is How We Do It)"
ThisIsHowWeDoIt Joe Stone.jpg
Single by Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan
Released15 May 2015[59]
Recorded2015
GenreHouse
Length3:04
LabelSpinnin'
Songwriter(s)Montell Jordan
Joe Stone singles chronology
"The Party (This Is How We Do It)"
(2015)
"Until the Morning (Joe Stone Remix)"
(2015)

Dutch DJ Joe Stone released a remixed version of the song in 2015 with Jordan credited as the featured artist.

Background[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

No.TitleLength
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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[60] 65
Scotland (OCC)[61] 9
UK Dance (OCC)[62] 9
UK Singles (OCC)[63] 17
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[64] 14

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland 31 July 2015 Digital download Spinnin'
United Kingdom[65]

See also[edit]

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