Control Myself
by LL Cool J (featuring Jennifer Lopez)

Album: Todd Smith (2006)
Charted: 2 4
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Songfacts®:

  • The main sample, which features throughout the track is "Looking For The Perfect Beat" by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force. Also sampled are another Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force track "Planet Rock" and "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.
  • This broke the record for the highest new re-entry in the Billboard Hot 100. Originally, the song peaked at #89, but when digital downloads kicked in it returned to the chart at #4. The previous record was set by Jay-Z when "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" re-entered at #20 in March 1999.
  • Jennifer Lopez provides the female vocals on this track.
  • Lopez also appears alongside LL Cool J in the Hype Williams-directed music video. The rapper and the director have worked together many times, starting with Doin' It" in 1995.

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