I Need U Bad

Album: Fearless (2008)
Charted: 37


  • This song with an unusual reggae/R&B vibe topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
  • Missy Elliott co-wrote and co-produced this song for Sullivan, who is the rapper/songwriter's protégé.
  • The Jamaican patois at the beginning and end of this track was spoken by Pepa of the hip hop group Salt-n-Pepa. Missy Elliott also provided some ad-libs on this number.
  • djbooth.net asked Sullivan what whether its success was because it sounded different to most other radio records. The R&B songstress replied: "I think that's exactly why it did so well: just because, first of all, it's a wonderful song – I don't think a lot of people could deny that. But it was, I think, so much different from everything that was being heard on the radio, it got people excited and interested in music, and it showed people that there are other artists that have different things to offer."
  • Djbooth.net asked Sullivan whether the album title Fearless is describing her, or the record. She replied: "It's a bit of both. Me as a person, I'm not afraid to take chances and be different, and that comes out in the music that I write. Even in the first single, 'I Need U Bad', it was really taking a chance to come out with a reggae/R&B vibe; it was very different from anything else on the radio."


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