(Always Be My) Sunshine
"(Always Be My) Sunshine" is a hip hop song by American rapper Jay-Z with guest vocals from fellow femcee Foxy Brown and R&B singer-songwriter Babyface who performs the song's chorus. It serves as the first single from his second album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997). The track features production by Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool. Vanderpool samples MC Lyte's "Cha Cha Cha", Alexander O'Neal's "Sunshine", Kraftwerk's "The Man-Machine" and The Fearless Four's "Rockin' It" for the track's beat. In addition, George Fonenette plays keyboards on this song. The song's lyrics helped indicate Jay-Z's change from his Mafioso rap style to a more commercial "shiny suit" style. Steve Juon of RapReviews.com supports the song claiming that it is a less gangsta version of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Me & My Bitch", a well-received track. Jay-Z cites this song as "what killed the album."
|"(Always Be My) Sunshine"|
|Single by Jay-Z featuring Foxy Brown and Babyface|
|from the album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1|
|Released||October 14, 1997|
|Producer(s)||Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool|
|Jay-Z singles chronology|
|Babyface singles chronology|
|Foxy Brown singles chronology|
The music video was directed by Hype Williams. Jay-Z is featured in the video rapping in a room resembling a Rubik's Cube & having a carnival theme to it with Foxy Brown rapping alongside of him. Jay-Z & co-founder of Roc-A-Fella, Damon Dash later regretted doing the video citing that the video wasn't their style.
Formats and track listingsEdit
- "Sunshine (Radio Edit)" (3:15)
- "Sunshine (Album Version)" (4:11)
- "Sunshine (Clean Version)" (4:12)
- "Sunshine (TV track)" (4:12)
- "Sunshine (Acappella)" (3:49)
- "Sunshine (Album Version)"
- "Sunshine (TV Track)"
- "Sunshine (Radio Edit)"
- "Sunshine (Clean Version)"
- "Sunshine (Instrumental)"
- "Sunshine (Acappella)"
|German Singles Chart||18|
|Swedish Singles Chart||42|
|UK Singles Chart||25|
|US Billboard Hot 100||95|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||37|
|US Billboard Hot Rap Singles||16|
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