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"I'm Going Down" is a song written and produced by Norman Whitfield, and performed by Rose Royce in 1976. It is from the film Car Wash and is featured on its soundtrack. In 1994, it was sung by Mary J. Blige.
Rose Royce version
The Rose Royce (original) version received moderate success. It peaked at number seventy on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number ten on the R&B singles chart. In the film Car Wash, the song serves as a double entendre, as it complements the screen time of Maureen, a forlorn prostitute who desperately seeks a chance at true love with "Joe," even as she turns tricks.
Mary J. Blige version
In 1994, American R&B singer artist Mary J. Blige covered "I'm Going Down", titled "I'm Goin' Down", for her second studio album My Life (1994). Her version was produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs and Chucky Thompson, featuring co-production from "Prince" Charles Alexander and Mark "Led" Ledford, and contains portions of "The What" (1994) by American rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Method Man. Released as the album's second single, Blige's version peaked at number thirteen on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number twenty-two on the US Billboard Hot 100. In mid-1995, Blige released a remix featuring Mr. Cheeks of The Lost Boyz. "I'm Going Down" is frequently performed at many of Blige's concerts and as well as live sets.
James Hamilton from Music Week's RM Dance Update described the song as a "exceptional ultra soulful sparse dramatic 61.7bpm Rose Royce remake in authentic mid-Sixties slow Stax/Volt type".
The music video for Blige's "I'm Goin' Down" was directed from January 14–15, 1995 by Matthew Rolston and was shot in black and white, with Blige as a lounge singer performing the song in a club, and wearing an-all black suit with a matching hat, walking downstairs (being duplicated over and over again). In the end, the bar patrons applaud her as she walks offstage.
Credits and personnel
Credits adapted from the My Life liner notes.
In popular culture
"Oh Boy" off of Cam'ron's third album Come Home with Me samples the original Rose Royce song. Mariah Carey also sampled the song in her 2002 album Charmbracelet for the song "Boy (I Need You)". Both songs were composed by hip-hop producer Justin "Just Blaze" Smith and are almost identical.
On the episode season 3 finale of Sister, Sister, Tamera (Tamera Mowry) covered the song for a talent show, winning a bet that her sister Tia (Tia Mowry) had with her enemy—and Tamera's opponent, Marva.
Marcus Canty performed this song on season one of The X Factor (U.S.) during "Movie Week" and the elimination.
Megan Hilty performs the song in the "Tech" episode of Smash
Sera Hill performed the song in "Episode 5: The Blind Auditions, Part 5" episode of The Voice (U.S. season 2)
In the movie Little, Jordan and April perform the Mary J. Blige version of the song inside an upscale restaurant, with (13-year old) Jordan starting the performance while laying on a bar.
Paige Thomas performed this song as her audition for the second season of The X Factor (U.S.)
Taylor Beckham performed this song on "Episode 3: The Blind Auditions, Part 3" of The Voice (U.S. season 4)References
Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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