U Know What's Up

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"U Know What's Up"
U Know Whats Up.jpg
Single by Donell Jones
from the album Where I Wanna Be
Released November 2, 1999
Format
Recorded 1999
Genre R&B
Length 3:59
Label LaFace
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Donell Jones singles chronology
"Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me)"
(2000)
"U Know What's Up"
(1999)
"Where I Wanna Be"
(2000)

"Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me)"
(2000)
"U Know What's Up"
(1999)
"Where I Wanna Be"
(2000)
Lisa Lopes singles chronology
"Cradle of Rock"
(with Method Man and Booster)
(1998) Cradle of Rock1998
"U Know What's Up"
(1999) U Know What's Up1999
"I Do"
(with Blaque)
(1999) I Do1999

"U Know What's Up" is a song by American R&B singer Donell Jones. It was written by Edward "Eddie F." Ferrell, Darren Lighty, Clifton Lighty, Balewa Muhammad, Anthony Hamilton, Clifford Harris, and Delvis Damon for his second studio album, Where I Wanna Be (1999), while production was helmed by Ferrell and Darren Lighty for Untouchables Entertainment. Released as the album's lead single, it became Jone's biggest hit yet, reaching the top ten in the Netherlands, the Flemish region of Belgium, and on the US Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. In addition, "U Know What's Up" topped Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for eight consecutive weeks, his only single to do so to date. A remix version featuring Lisa Lopes of TLC was used in the accompanying music video.

Music video[edit]

The video features rapper Lisa Lopes of TLC, YoungBloodZ, T.I., Usher and Big Boi of OutKast, all of whom were (including Jones) part of the LaFace Records label. At the beginning of the video, there is a sign that says La Face Place, in reference to the record label.

The video begins with Lisa Lopes at her apartment receiving a phone call, presumably from Jones, informing her that the music video for the song is being aired on TV. She turns to the TV screen behind her playing the video, which shows Jones at a hotel party, and proceeds to watch it. As it turns out, Lopes is not the only person watching the video, as the video pans across the building showing Usher and his girlfriend at his apartment, and Big Boi hosting a music video premiere at his apartment. Midway through the video, Lopes leaves her apartment and recites her verse in the song while walking across the corridor, presumably to join Jones at a similar party at the back of the building, which is revealed as the camera pulls back from the corridor. At the end, the video pulls back to reveal Jones watching it at his apartment with his girlfriend.

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ultratop.be – Donell Jones – U Know What's Up" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Donell Jones – U Know What's Up" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Charts.nz – Donell Jones – U Know What's Up". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Donell Jones – U Know What's Up". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Donell Jones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Donell Jones Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Donell Jones Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Year End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2018.

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