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"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" is the debut single by American group TLC from their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. It was released by LaFace Records on November 22, 1991. The song would ultimately peak at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, becoming their first single to reach the top ten on both charts. The single also reached the Top Twenty in the UK Singles Chart. The song is very much about the girls saying that they don't mind begging for sex from their significant others. Songwriters Dallas Austin and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes received a nomination for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. The song appeared in Dance Central 3. In 2017, TLC fansite Cyber TLC World revealed that the Smoothed Down Extended Remix does not feature T-Boz's vocals but featured background singer Debra Killings vocals instead which T-Boz confirmed herself on Twitter.[4]

"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
Aint 2 Proud 2 Beg.jpg
Single by TLC
from the album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
ReleasedNovember 22, 1991[1]
FormatCD single
RecordedApril 1991[2]
Genre
Length5:37
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dallas Austin
TLC singles chronology
"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
(1991)
"Baby-Baby-Baby"
(1992)

Contents

Music videoEdit

The video features the girls wearing condoms, baggy clothes, and Lisa with a big hat and sunglasses. The video shows the girls singing, dancing and rapping and will occasionally have the girl's nicknames at the bottom of the screen. Some shots feature the group outside with people in the background and then them in front of a white background. In a BET interview, T-Boz and Chilli said they were trying to warm-up to the cameras in this video because it was their first one. They said that Lisa was a natural because it was her "big break" and what she had "been waiting for". T-Boz also said with amusement that you can see her playing with her side-burns in the beginning, and Chilli stated it was her least favorite video they did. The end of the video shows the girls in character as hillbillies. The radio edit of the song is used instead of the album version. Their manager at the time, Pebbles, also makes an appearance at the end of the video. The video was filmed and produced in late 1991.

Track listingEdit

US CD
(73008-24009-2; Released: 2001; Reissue)

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Album Version) - 5:39
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Radio Remix) - 4:37
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Remix) - 5:53
  4. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Dallas' Dirt Mix) - 5:56
  5. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Left Eye's "3 Minutes And Counting") - 5:47
  6. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Rap Version) - 4:52

US CD Promo
(LFPCD-4008; Released: 1991)

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Single Version) - 4:10
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Album Version) - 5:36
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Instrumental) - 5:36

US CD Promo
(LFPCD-4009; Released: 1991)

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Album Version) - 5:39
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Radio Remix) - 4:37
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Remix) - 5:53
  4. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Left Eye's "3 Minutes And Counting") - 5:47
  5. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Rap Version) - 4:52

US 12" Vinyl
(73008-24009-1; Released: 1991)

Side A

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Remix) - 5:52
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Album Version) - 5:38

Side B

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Dallas' Dirt Mix) - 5:52
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Left Eye's "3 Minutes And Counting") - 5:41
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Rap Version) - 4:51
  4. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Instrumental) - 5:37

UK CD
(665 265; Released: 1991)

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (U.S. 7" Edit) - 4:10
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Skratch 7" Edit) - 4:20
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Club Mix) - 6:20
  4. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Remix) - 5:55

UK CD
(665 265; Released: 1991)

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (U.S. 7" Edit)
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Skratch Mix 7" Edit)
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Mix)
  4. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Club Mix)
  5. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Left Eye's "3 Minutes And Counting")

UK 12" Vinyl
(615 265; Released: 1991)

Side A

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Remix)
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Left Eye's "3 Minutes And Counting")
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Rap Version)

Side B

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Club Mix)
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Dub Mix)

UK 12" Vinyl Promo
(TLC 1; Released: 1991)

Side A

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Remix)
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Left Eye's "3 Minutes And Counting")
  3. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Rap Version)

Side B

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Club Mix)
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Dub Mix)

DEU 7" Vinyl (115 265; Released: 1991)

Side A

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (U.S. 7" Edit) - 4:10

Side B

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Skratch 7" Edit) - 4:20

DEU 12" Vinyl (615 265; Released: 1991)

Side A

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Club Mix) - 6:20
  2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Ben Liebrand 12" Dub MIx) - 5:44

Side B

  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (Smoothed Down Extended Remix) - 5:55

Sample creditsEdit

The song uses seven samples. The most notable sample used is a sped-up sample of "School Boy Crush" by Average White Band. This same sample was used on Floetry's "Wanna B Where U R", "Microphone Fiend" by Eric B. & Rakim and Immature's "Watch Me Do My Thing". Immature, Eric B. & Rakim and Floetry also sped up their sample. The song also samples "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang, "Escapism" by James Brown, "Fly, Robin, Fly" by Silver Convention, "Get Me Back on Time, Engine Number 9, Pt. 1" by Wilson Pickett, "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James and "I Want to Take You Higher" by Sly and the Family Stone.

ChartsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Classic Jam: TLC - Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg". Univision.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2017-12-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (October 20, 2013). "TLC – 20". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  4. ^ LEON@TLCARMY (August 5, 2017). "Listen: Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg (w/Debra Killings lead)". Cyber TLC World. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – TLC – AIN'T 2 PROUD 2 BEG". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 34, 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – TLC – AIN'T 2 PROUD 2 BEG" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – TLC – AIN'T 2 PROUD 2 BEG". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "TLC: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "TLC Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "TLC Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-07-30.

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