“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” is one of the most iconic female collaborations in hip-hop music. Written by American rapper Eve, as well as featuring infamous American singer Gwen Stefani.
The track was produced by Dr.Dre, a critically acclaimed songwriter, rapper and producer. The track was written by Eve herself, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo, Scott Storch and Steven Jordan. It also samples “The Message”, a track from Dr.Dre featuring Mary J Blige from 2001. The song consists of Eve and Gwen Stefani discussing the ways they can wow people and as the title of the song suggests “let me blow ya mind”.
The video for the track was filmed in 2001 and was uploaded to YouTube to Eve’s official channel on the 17th June 2009. The music video starts with mugshots of Eve and Stefani, followed by a vide o of Gwen in a car stopping at a red light, with the subtitles “Earlier that evening….”. Eve appears with a biker gang and tells Stefani to come along to a party. Stefani leaves the car, and onto a quad bike. They crash a formal party, and are then arrested for doing so, as an older woman at the party tells police officers about the disturbance. At the end of the video, Dr. Dre bails Stefani and Eve out of jail. As of October 2019, the video has over 138.5 million views and over 807 thousand likes.
Release Date: 15th May 2001
Songwriter/s: Eve Jeffers, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo, Scott Storch & Steven Jordan
Producer/s: Dr. Dre & Scott Storch
Label/s: Ruff Ryders & Interscope Records
Music Video Upload Date: 17th June 2009
Chart Rankings, Certifications, Awards & Accolades: “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” ranked very highly when it was first released: #4 in Australia, #6 in Austria, #1 in Belgium, #67 in Brazil, #29 in Canada, #3 in Denmark, #1 in Europe, #19 in Finland, #15 in France, #5 Germany, #1 in Ireland, #17 in Italy, #2 in the Netherlands, #7 in New Zealand, #1 in Norway, #3 in Scotland, #6 in Sweden, #1 in Switzerland, #4 in the UK Singles Official Charts Company, #1 in the UK R&B Official Charts Company, #2 in the US Billboard Hot 100, #1 US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #30 in the US Billboard Latin Pop Songs, #1 in the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40, #1 on the US Billboard Rhythmic chart and lastly, #20 in the US Billboard Tropical Airplay chart. The track also received Platinum certification in Australia, Belgium and Norway, and Gold in New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. “Let Me Ya Mind” also won two awards: in 2001 at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Best Female Video”, and in 2002 at the Grammy Awards for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration”. The song was also listed at #7 on the 2001 Pazz & Jop list, which is a survey of several hundred music critics. In 2018, NPR.org ranked “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” as the #94 greatest song by a female or nonbinary artist in the 21st century stating: “2001 was a great year for pop music, especially the pop collaboration. Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule gave us the ‘I’m Real (Remix),’ and ‘Lady Marmalade’ received an epic reimagining from Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, P!nk, Mya (and Missy Elliot) on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. But above it all, The Ruff Ryders’ first lady and Rolling Stone’s newly-minted ‘Queen of Confessional Pop’ held court with the release of ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind,’ the deftly cool, swagged-out single from Eve’s sophomore album, Scorpion. An instant classic, the track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the pair the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Almost 20 years later, the collaboration can still blow ya mind.”
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