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Crew Deep

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Released  August 20, 2002
Genre  Hip hop, rap
Producer(s)  Hi-Tek
Format  CD single, 12" vinyl
Label  MCA/Rawkus
Writer(s)  B. Collins, B.H. Edwards, D. Richard Lewis, G. Clinton, T. Mosley, M. Elliott, K. Burruss

"Crew Deep" is a single by American rapper Skillz. The song features guest vocals by rapper–singer Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and former Xscape member Kandi. It was released as the lead single from Skillz's unreleased album, I Ain't Mad No More (2002).

Contents

Two versions of the single saw conflicting releases. One version was released as the music video and single version with the chorus being performed entirely by Kandi while sampled additional vocals were performed by Missy Elliott in the latter. An alternate version was released promotionally with the exclusion of Kandi's vocals and the extension of Missy Elliott performing the chorus entirely by herself; this version was also incorporated into "The V.A. Remix" featuring Elliott, Clipse and Pharrell Williams.

Release

Physical copies of the single were released in August 20, 2002. As the song obtained buzz, it was later featured on various compilations among the likes of Tony Touch's Hip Hop #71: True Gangsta and Soundbombing, Vol. 3 to further strengthen the song's charting performance.

Music video

A music video for the single was directed by The Malloys and premiered on BET in early July 2002. The video takes place at Skillz's neighborhood house party. Inside the house, there are talking taxidermies of various types of rappers (white rappers, male rappers, female rappers, etc.) that all sing along to the chorus of the song. Although Kandi and Missy Elliott were not featured in the video, the various women and talking taxidermies in the video are seen lip-syncing their parts.

Track listings and formats

CD single
  1. "Crew Deep" (Clean) — 3:25
  2. "Crew Deep" (Instrumental) — 3:25
  3. "Crew Deep" (Dirty) — 3:25
"The V.A. Remix" (Vinyl)
  1. "Crew Deep" (featuring Clipse, Missy Elliott & Pharrell)
  2. "Crew Deep" (featuring Missy Elliott & Pharrell)
12" Vinyl
  1. "Crew Deep" (Dirty) — 3:25
  2. "Crew Deep" (Clean) — 3:25
  3. "Crew Deep" (Instrumental) — 3:25
  4. "Imagine" (Dirty) — 3:38
  5. "Imagine" (Clean) — 3:38
  6. "Imagine" (Instrumental) — 3:36
  7. "Imagine" (Acappella) — 3:36

References

Crew Deep Wikipedia


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