We Be Burnin'

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"We Be Burnin'"
Single by Sean Paul
from the album The Trinity
B-side "Bounce It Right There"
Released 27 September 2005 (2005-09-27)
Format Digital download, CD single, CD maxi, 12" maxi
Recorded 2005
Genre Reggae fusion, dancehall, R&B
Length 3:35
Label Atlantic, VP
Writer(s) Sean Henriques, Steven Marsden, Andre Saunders, Delano Thomas, Michael Jarrett, MARSH CRAIG SERANI Serani
Producer(s) Renaissance Crew Productions
Sean Paul singles chronology
"I'm Still in Love with You"
"We Be Burnin'"
"Ever Blazin'"

"We Be Burnin'" is the first single from Sean Paul's third studio album The Trinity. It achieved success worldwide, becoming a top ten hit on almost ten major charts. The song is sampled in Tinashe's "2 On".[1]

Background and release[edit]

"We Be Burnin'" was released as the first single from The Trinity (album) in August 2005 in the US and in September 2005 in the UK. In the U.S., the single peaked inside the Billboard Hot 100 at #4 and in the UK the single was an even bigger hit peaking at #2, held off #1 by The Pussycat Dolls single "Don't Cha". The single became his biggest solo hit in the UK, beating the #3 peak of "Like Glue" and spent just under 5 months inside the UK top 75. It was the single biggest hit from the album in the UK. However, it was "Temperature" that was the biggest hit from the album in the U.S.

The original version, sometimes denoted by the title being followed by 'Legalize It', features prominent themes of marijuana use, referencing "trees", "weed" and "herb" several times and smoking it for "meditation". Another radio-friendly version was released with the title being followed by 'Recognize It', which changed all drug-related lyrics to ones concerning women.

Although the lyrics are different, Tami Chynn's single "Hyperventilating" as well as Capleton's "Or Wah", from the album Reign of Fire, utilize the same riddim as Sean Paul's "We Be Burnin'", since both use the riddim "Stepz".

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in LA deserts by Jessy Terrero showing two girls and an overheated Hummer H2 in the background and showing the two girls again but before their breakdown. Sean Paul is seen dancing with three other girls in front of highly modified semi-trucks and a truck that shoots flames.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "We Be Burnin' (Recognize It)" (album version) – 3:33
  2. "We Be Burnin' (Legalize It)" – 3:29
CD maxi
  1. "We Be Burnin' (Recognize It)" (album version)
  2. "Bounce It Right There" (non-album bonus track)
  3. "We Be Burnin" (video)
  4. Free ringtone
CD single - Australia
  1. "We Be Burnin' (Recognize It)" – 3:38
  2. "Bounce It Right There" (non album track) – 3:00
  3. "We Be Burnin' (Legalize It)" – 3:28
12" maxi
  1. "We Be Burnin'" (Recognize It)– 3:38
  2. "We Be Burnin'" (Instrumental)
  3. "We Be Burnin'" (Legalize It) – 3:28
  4. "Bounce It Right There" (non album track) – 3:00


Chart (2005–06) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 34
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 10
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[3] 9
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[3] 7
Danish Singles Chart[2] 16
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 8
Finnish Singles Chart[3] 8
French Singles Chart[4] 78
German Singles Chart[2] 5
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[3] 6
Irish Singles Chart[2] 11
Japanese Singles Chart 14
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 14
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 6
UK Singles Chart[2] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 5
US Billboard Pop Songs[6] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[5] 17
US Billboard Rap Songs[5] 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 10,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[8] Gold 7,500^
Germany (BVMI)[9] Gold 150,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[10] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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