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)
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. 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] 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 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, it was named Best R&B 12-inch at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

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 added that "there's masses of dancefloor appeal".[9] Another editor, James Hamilton described "This Is How We Do It" as a "soulfully whined, chanted and rapped rolling jackswing joller".[10]

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]

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[43]
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)[44] 65
Scotland (OCC)[45] 9
UK Dance (OCC)[46] 9
UK Singles (OCC)[47] 17
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[48] 14

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland 31 July 2015 Digital download Spinnin'
United Kingdom[49]

In other media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vibe Media Group (January 2002). "Vibe". Vibe Vixen. Vibe Media Group: 124. ISSN 1070-4701.
  2. ^ a b Gardner, Elysa (1999). "Hip-Hop Soul". In Light, Alan (ed.). The Vibe History of Hip-Hop (1st ed.). Three Rivers Press. pp. 307–317.
  3. ^ a b Ernest Baker; Alysa Lechner; David Drake; Insanul Ahmed; Tannis Spencer (19 March 2013). "The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats". Complex. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
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  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 310.
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  10. ^ Hamilton, James (13 May 1995). "Dj directory" (PDF). Music Week, in Record Mirror (Dance Update Supplemental Insert). p. 11. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
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  32. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
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  43. ^ "The Party (This Is How We Do It) ft. Montell Jordan from SPINNIN' RECORDS on Beatport". www.beatport.com.
  44. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Joe Stone". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
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  46. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  47. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  48. ^ "Joe Stone Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  49. ^ "The Party (This Is How We Do It) [feat. Montell Jordan] - Single by Joe Stone" – via itunes.apple.com.
  50. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts. 23 June 2002.

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