I Wanna Sex You Up

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"I Wanna Sex You Up"
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Single by Color Me Badd
from the album C.M.B. and New Jack City (soundtrack)
ReleasedMarch 2, 1991
Recorded1990
Studio Unique Recording (New York City) [1]
Genre New jack swing [2]
Length4:06
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Elliot Straite
  • Color Me Badd
Producer(s) Dr. Freeze [3]
Color Me Badd singles chronology
"I Wanna Sex You Up"
(1991)
"I Adore Mi Amor"
(1991)
Music video
"I Wanna Sex You Up" on YouTube

"I Wanna Sex You Up" is a song by American R&B group Color Me Badd, released in March 1991 as the lead single from their debut album, C.M.B. (1991). The song was produced by Dr. Freeze and was also featured on the soundtrack to the 1991 film New Jack City .

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The single achieved commercial success in the United States, spending four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping both the Billboard Hot R&B Singles and Hot Dance Singles Sales charts. It also enjoyed international success, peaking atop the charts of New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Charts and rankings

The song spent three weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart and reached number two for four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, behind "More Than Words" by Extreme, and "Rush Rush" by Paula Abdul. It was the 10th-best-selling single of 1991 in the UK and the Number 2 song of the year in the US, and in 1992 the song won the group a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo and Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year. It was ranked number 40 on Blender's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever" [4] and VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s".[ citation needed ]

Critical reception

Alex Henderson from AllMusic picked the song as one of the "moments" on the C.M.B. album, describing it as a slow jam "which samples rapper Slick Rick in a rather clever fashion". [5] A reviewer from Cashbox deemed it "naughty and suggestive yet not particularly explicit R&B/pop". [6] James Hamilton from Music Week's RM Dance Update called it a "sweetly cooing young guys crooned gorgeous sineous sexy swayer". [7] Pop Rescue commented, "This song stood out from the rest of the charts when it was released in the UK, and that along with the boys’ breathy sexy promises and the inclusion of ‘sex’ in the song title made this track a sure-fire hit. Musically it's quite a simple song, allowing the vocals to really shine here – and to their credit, their vocals worth together really well." [8] In his review of the album, Mark Frith from Smash Hits said that Color Me Badd "sound excellent" when "they do manage to break into a sweat", like on "I Wanna Sex You Up". [9]

A sample of "I Wanna Sex You Up" has been used in the Kardinal Beats remix of "Tick Tock" by Lemar. [10]

Track listings

  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:38
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:38
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out - long version) — 5:13
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (instrumental) — 4:04
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  5. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (freeze mix) — 4:06
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:39
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix - long version) — 5:14
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Instrumental) — 4:04
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  5. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (freeze mix) — 4:07
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix)
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix)
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix)
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix)

Official Versions

Personnel

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [33] Gold35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [45] Platinum10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI) [46] Silver200,000^
United States (RIAA) [47] 2× Platinum2,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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