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"Snake" is a song by Americanmarker hip-hop artist R. Kelly, featuring Cam'ron and Big Tigger. The song was released as both a double-A side single with Thoia Thoing and on its own. It was included on his album "Chocolate Factory and released as a single on December 15, 2003.

It was the second single to be released from the album, after "Ignition " had peaked at number one in several charts around the world in summer 2003.

Background

In Andrew McGregor's BBC music review for the Chocolate Factory album he says that it was written in "tribute to Stevie [Wonder]'s musical experimentation" and also wrote "take a spin of the Latin inspired "Snake"".

R. Kelly and Big Tigger performed the song together at a variety of locations (including at Madison Square Gardenmarker in New Yorkmarker on the penultimate concert) during his 2003 tour.

Remix controversy

Cam'ron took R. Kelly to court in 2005 due to claims that he did not receive proper credit for his work on a remix of the song. Cam'ron filed a federal lawsuit in New Yorkmarker. He had apparently written the introduction to the remix, as well as a part of the third verse but his songwriting contribution was not mentioned in the copyright when the song was featured on "The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1", a remix album.

Track listing

The song was initially released on 12" single and CD single. Several months after its first release it was included with another of R. Kelly's songs, "Thoia Thoing", on CD and maxi single.

CD single

  1. "Snake" (remix) 4:40
  2. "Snake" (remix - instrumental) 4:40
  3. "Snake" (radio edit) 4:20
  4. "Snake" (instrumental) 4:52


12" vinyl

A1. "Snake" (Remix) 4:40

A2. "Snake (Remix - instrumental) 4:40

B1. "Snake" (album version) 4:51

B2. "Snake" (radio edit) 4:20

B3. "I'll Never Leave" (album version) 3:45

CD/Maxi single

  1. "Thoia Thoing" (album version) 3:43
  2. "Thoia Thoing" (instrumental) 3:44
  3. "Snake" (album version) 4:51
  4. "Snake" (instrumental) 4:52
  5. "Snake" (remix) 4:40
  6. "Snake" (remix - instrumental) 4:27


Charts

The song did not perform anywhere near as well as R. Kelly's previous single, "Ignition (Remix)". It peaked a number 10 in the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number 16 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, while it charted at number 18 in Ireland.

The maxi-single with "Thoia Thong" charted at number 10 in the Netherlands, number 30 in France, number 16 in Australia and number 18 in Switzerland.

Chart (2003) Peak

position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 9
Canadian Singles Chart 23
Irish Singles Chart 18
UK Singles Chart 10


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