I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By

"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" is a duet performed by rapper Method Man and R&B singer Mary J. Blige.

"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"
Single by Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige
from the album Tical
ReleasedApril 25, 1995
GenreHip hop, hip hop soul
LabelDef Jam/PolyGram
Producer(s)RZA (album version and video version), Sean "Puffy" Combs (radio version)
Method Man singles chronology
"Release Yo' Delf"
"I'll Be There for You"
"How High"
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"I'm Going Down"
"I'll Be There for You"
"I Love You"

The song is a remix of Method Man's "All I Need" (which appears on his 1994 debut album Tical), with an interpolation of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's hit, "You're All I Need to Get By", with Mary J. Blige singing the choruses, and backing vocals. Another version of the song was released, entitled "Puff Daddy Mix," which was produced by Sean Combs. The song contains a new instrumental which includes a repeated sample ("Lie together, cry together/I swear to God I hope we fuckin' die together") from The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Me & My Bitch". Another remix version, titled "Razor Sharp Mix" was produced by RZA. The song sold 800,000 copies and was certified platinum by the RIAA.[1][2]


The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 3, 1995,[3] and #1 on the R&B singles chart in the May 20, 1995 issue of Billboard Magazine - a position it held for three weeks.[4] The song also ended up winning the duo the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996.

"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" appears on Radio 1 Established 1967, a compilation album celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1.

In 2008, it was ranked #44 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop" list.[5]

In 2009, Method Man and Mary J. Blige performed the song together at VH1's 6th Annual Hip Hop Honors ceremony. The song is often cited as the hybrid of what's now known as "Thug-Love" duets.

In 2012, Complex ranked the song #1 on its list of "The 25 Best Hip-Hop Love Songs."[6]

In a July 2012 interview with Complex magazine, Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier- one-half of the production team the Trackmasters- claimed they were the actual producers behind the Sean "Puffy" Combs remix, but were never properly credited for it. Instead, they were only credited as session musicians for programming the drums while Combs was credited as the producer.[7]


  • Method Man - rap
  • Mary J. Blige - vocals
  • Puff Daddy - remix
  • RZA - production; remix
  • Jeff Trotter - A&R
  • Drew Dixon - A&R


Chart (1995) Position
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 1
Year End Chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 42

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1995". Billboard. BPI Communications. 108 (3): 56. January 20, 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "American certifications – Method Man – I%27ll Be There for You". Recording Industry Association of America.
  3. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. 3 June 1995. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 396.
  5. ^ "VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs". Stereogum. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  6. ^ 1. Method Man f/ Mary J. Blige "All I Need/I'll Be There For You" (1995) — The 25 Best Hip-Hop Love Songs | Complex
  7. ^ Ahmed, Insanul. "Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records (Part 1)". Complex Music. complex.com. Retrieved 8/9/2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Method Man ft Mary J. Blige: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27.

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