Player's Ball

"Player's Ball" is the debut single from hip hop duo Outkast. Originally released two weeks prior on the compilation A LaFace Family Christmas, the single was released on November 23, 1993, to promote the forthcoming debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The song itself discusses the nature of living in the South of the United States, and growing up within a hip hop culture. The accompanying music video was directed by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs.

"Player's Ball"
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Single by Outkast
from the album A LaFace Family Christmas and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
ReleasedNovember 23, 1993
Recorded1993
Genre
Length4:21
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • André Benjamin
  • Patrick Brown
  • Ray Murray
  • Antwan Patton
  • Rico Wade
Producer(s)Organized Noize
Outkast singles chronology
"Player's Ball"
(1993)
"Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik"
(1994)
Music video
"Player's Ball" on YouTube

The title refers to a traditional gathering of pimps in Atlanta. The song is referenced at least three times within other songs by the duo, including the final track on the debut album, the title track of the debut album, and a later single, "Elevators (Me & You)". The song peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest-charting single from the group's debut album.

When Outkast made a guest appearance on Martin in the February 1995 episode All The Players Came, they also performed the song during the credits.

Track listingEdit

CD Single
  1. "Player's Ball" (Radio Edit) – 3:56
  2. "Player's Ball" (Album Version) – 4:22
  3. "Player's Ball" (TV Mix) – 4:23
  4. "Player's Ball" (Video Version) – 4:14
Cassette Single
  1. "Player's Ball" (Radio Edit) – 3:56
  2. "Player's Ball" (Album Version) – 4:22
  3. "Player's Ball" (Instrumental) – 4:14
  4. "Player's Ball" (TV Mix) – 4:23
12" Vinyl Single
  1. "Player's Ball" (Extended Version) – 6:00
  2. "Player's Ball" (Radio Edit – Dirty) – 3:56
  3. "Player's Ball" (Radio Edit – Clean) – 4:23
  4. "Player's Ball" (Remix Version) – 4:27
  5. "Player's Ball" (Instrumental) – 4:14
10" 20th Anniversary EP (Green Vinyl)
  1. "Players Ball" (Dirty Version) – 4:21
  2. "Players Ball" (Extended Version) – 6:18
  3. "Ain't No Thang – 5:38
  4. "Crumblin' Erb" – 5:09

ChartsEdit

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 92
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 37
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 12

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zobbel.de: Chart Log UK: The O - Ozric Tentacles
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p111701
  3. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/outkast/chart-history/
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Outkast – Player's Ball". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

External linksEdit