This Is Why I'm Hot

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"This Is Why I'm Hot"
Single by Mims
from the album Music Is My Savior
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2007
GenreHip hop
LabelAmerican King Music, Capitol Records
Songwriter(s)Shawn Mims
Producer(s)Blackout Movement, Mike Moosh
Mims singles chronology
"This Is Why I'm Hot"
"Like This"

"This Is Why I'm Hot" is the debut single by American rapper Mims. The song was co-written by Mims and produced by Blackout Movement for his first album Music Is My Savior (2007).

Released in 2007, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as No. 2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart, eventually being certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The song entered at number one on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, selling 140,874 downloads. It remained the top-selling digital single for one additional week.

Eventually, the success of the song in the United States saw a release in the United Kingdom in May 2007, where the single peaked at No. 18 on the UK Singles Chart on the week dated June 3, 2007. The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the film Due Date.

Song highlights[edit]

The song features samples of various hip-hop songs, including Kanye West's "Jesus Walks", E-40's "Tell Me When to Go", Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" and Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones Part II". Each sampled song is played when Mims mentions the area from which each artist originated.

This is one of the songs used by baseball player Alex Rodriguez as a walkup song prior to a plate appearance during his career.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mostly positive to mixed reviews by critics.

William Ketchum III of About stated about Mims is "striving to 'bring New York back' like his peers" on the song. He continued to comment about the song's chart success, stating: "With 'This Is Why I'm Hot' continuing to burn up the charts, he's proven what he's got, but let's see if he can stay on top." The song received a three out of five star rating from the site.[2]

On their review of the album Music Is My Savior, Allmusic stated that "the deceptively simple 'This Is Why I'm Hot' demonstrates this well. MIMS raps about his nationwide appeal over hyphy-esque production that alludes to other influential MCs." The track was listed as an "AMG track pick" on the review page.[3]

On his review of Music Is My Savior, Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone described the song as "a catchy little thing with a cool, minimalist beat and some goofy charm."


The official remix, entitled the "Blackout Remix", which is the only reggae fusion version of the song, features dancehall artist Cham and reggae singer Junior Reid. This version is featured on Music Is My Savior.

Chart performance[edit]

By early March 2007, the online release of the song had propelled it from number 32 to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in one week; this was then the third-greatest rise to number one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.[4] It remained at number one the next week[5] until it was surpassed by "Glamorous", by Fergie and Ludacris the week after in the issue dated March 24, 2007.


Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 30
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 19
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 28
European Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 44
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 14
France (SNEP)[11] 45
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 55
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 75
UK Singles (OCC)[16] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[18] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 11
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[20] 1

End of year charts[edit]

Charts (2007) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 16
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 23
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[23] 6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Curry, Jack (22 April 2007). "Yankees' Rodriguez Is Hot. Why? Listen Up. (Published 2007)". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Mims - This Is Why I'm Hot track review
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Music Is My Savior > Overview ))) Note: the song's original version is mistakenly listed as a remix of the song (track 3).
  4. ^ Katie Hasty, "Mims Puts The 'Hot' in the Hot 100 At No. 1",, March 1, 2007.
  5. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Mims Remains 'Hot' at No. 1, Akon Stays Close",, March 8, 2007.
  6. ^ "Mims – This Is Why I'm Hot". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "MIMS Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Hitlisten.NU – Mims – THIS IS WHY I´M HOT" (in Danish). Tracklisten.
  9. ^ "MIMS – Chart Search" Billboard European Hot 100 Singles for MIMS.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Mims: This Is Why I'm Hot" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  11. ^ "Mims – This Is Why I'm Hot" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Mims – This Is Why I'm Hot" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts.
  13. ^ "Mims – This Is Why I'm Hot". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Mims – This Is Why I'm Hot". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Mims – This Is Why I'm Hot". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "MIMS: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "MIMS Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "MIMS Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "MIMS Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "MIMS Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Year-End 2007". Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  22. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2007". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  23. ^ "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2007". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-29.

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