This Is How We Do It

Album: This Is How We Do It (1995)
Charted: 11 1


  • "This Is How We Do It" was both the break-out hit for R&B artist Montell Jordan, and his only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, although he would go on to chart in the Top-40 there seven more times. The album This Is How We Do It was Jordan's studio debut. Further honors for this song: VH1 pegged it at #95 in their list of "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s." The 1995 MTV Video Music Award nominations for "Best Dance Video" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Video." Also a 1995 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance.
  • This club-track about going to a club was a team effort: there are 9 credited songwriters, including Jordan.
  • Media soundtrack appearances for "This Is How We Do It" include the films The Nutty Professor, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Multiplicity, How High, 8 Mile, and Ali G Indahouse. But most prominently, it was used as the theme song for comedian Howie Mandel's short-lived candid-camera-style TV show Howie Do It. Howie loves his puns!
  • Montell Jordan later became a born-again Christian, so it's unlikely that he'll be reaching for the 40 and heading to the club anytime soon. In 2010, he left the music business to become a minister. As he explained on his Twitter feed, the decision is "a calling that’s probably been with me all my life since I was a child. And I’ve known it. A lot of people in the business know it and have the same calling but that leap of faith is difficult."

    Another interesting fact about Jordan: he's crazy smart. He attended Pepperdine University in California to pick up a bachelor's degree in communications, graduating summa cum laude and was a state finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
  • Jordan is kickin' it at a house party on the West side in the Hype Williams-directed music video. Williams is known for his prolific career in directing hip-hop videos, and will go on to helm clips for Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Drake, and Kanye West.
  • This samples Slick Rick's classic 1988 single "Children's Story."
  • This was used on the TV series Orphan Black in the 2013 episode "Variations Under Domestication."


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