Jay-Z releases "Can I Get A..." single
"Can I Get A..." is a 1998 single by rapper Jay-Z that features Amil and Ja Rule.
It was released on Def Jam's Rush Hour Soundtrack in promotion of the film Rush Hour, but also appears on Jay-Z's third album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. The song is produced by Irv Gotti and Lil' Rob. The song is notable for popularizing a young Amil and Ja Rule as well as becoming one of Jay-Z's most commercially successful singles at the time, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The chorus of the original song starts with "Can I get a 'fuck you'", but was sanitized to "Can I get a 'what what'" for radio airplay.
The vinyl "Can I Get A..." single was released in 1998 with two tracks that do not feature Jay-Z: Ja Rule's "Bitch Betta Have My Money" and Wu-Tang Clan's "And You Don't Stop." The CD single was released in 1999 with two different tracks that do not feature Jay-Z: Case and Joe's "Faded Pictures" as well as Dru Hill and Redman's "How Deep Is Your Love." All songs were included in the "Rush Hour" soundtrack.
Janet Jackson's 2004 song "Strawberry Bounce", from her Damita Jo album, samples "Can I Get A...".
VH1 ranked "Can I Get A..." at No. 57 in the network's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.
Chris Penn appeared on the video as the funny bartender dancing and mixing drinks in the background.
1. "Can I Get A..." (5:13)
2. "Faded Pictures" (3:48)
3. "How Deep Is Your Love" (3:58)