One Call Away (Chingy song)

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"One Call Away"
A black and white image of the artist looking sideways, wearing both a hat and doorag.
Single by Chingy featuring J-Weav
from the album Jackpot
B-side"Bagg Up"
ReleasedJanuary 3, 2004 (2004-01-03)
Format
Recorded2003
Genre
Length4:36 (album version)
4:20 (edited version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)The Trak Starz
Chingy singles chronology
"Holidae In"
(2003)
"One Call Away"
(2004)
"I Like That"
(2004)
J-Weav singles chronology
"Stay with Me"
(1996)
"One Call Away"
(2004)
Music video
"One Call Away" on YouTube

"One Call Away" is a song by American rapper Chingy, featuring actor Jason Weaver singing the chorus, credited as J-Weav. It's the third and final single off his debut album Jackpot (2003); the song was kept from being number one by Usher's "Yeah!" for five consecutive weeks, peaking at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. It became a number one hit on the Hot Rap Songs chart for three weeks and peaked at numbers 3 and 6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts respectively, it also reached the top 40 in countries like Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. A video for the single (directed by Erik White) was released that featured actress Keisha Knight-Pulliam and streetball player Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion.

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Cibula of PopMatters was positive towards the song, admiring Chingy for taking on a rap ballad saying "It’s kind of adorable that he’s talking to her on the phone about politics and life when he can’t be with her, and his voice gets all softened when he talks about her, and his homeboys call him weak when he gives her a kiss on the cheek, but he doesn’t care, because he knows that she’s always just one call away from him, and vice versa."[1] In retrospect, however, the song has not fared as well; music critic Todd in the Shadows placed "One Call Away" at #6 on his list of the "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004", citing the rapper's weak flow and poor lyricism in particular as dragging the song down.[2]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Erik White,[3] the video takes place during autumn and follows Chingy going to the DTP Bank, where he attracts the attention of a bank teller (played by actress Keisha Knight-Pulliam) by giving her his phone number along with the deposited money in a canister tube for her to have, their relationship starts out slow with her hanging out with his friends in his apartment, she and her friends watching him play streetball to both of them going back to his apartment to get intimate with each other. The video features the chorus of "Chingy Jackpot" at the end. Streetball player Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion appears in the streetball scene in the video.

Formats and track listing[edit]

Australia CD[4]
  1. "One Call Away" (Edited Radio Version) – 4:18
  2. "Bagg Up" (Edited Version) – 3:21
  3. "Right Thurr" (Remix) (Clean) – 3:43
  4. "One Call Away" (Instrumental) – 4:42
Europe 12"[5]
  1. "One Call Away" (Edited Radio Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:22
  2. "One Call Away" (Album Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:41
  3. "One Call Away" (Instrumental) – 4:39
  4. "Bagg Up" (Edited Radio Version) – 3:23
  5. "Bagg Up" (Album Version) – 3:17
  6. "Bagg Up" (Instrumental) – 3:17
Europe CD[6]
  1. "One Call Away" (Edited Radio Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:20
  2. "One Call Away" (Album Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:43
  3. "One Call Away" (Instrumental Version) – 4:43
  4. "Bagg Up" (Edited Version) – 3:22
  5. "Bagg Up" (Album Version) – 3:22
  6. "Bagg Up" (Instrumental) – 3:21
US 7"[7]
  1. "One Call Away" (Edited Radio Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:20
  2. "One Call Away" (Album Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:43
  3. "One Call Away" (Instrumental) – 4:43
  4. "Bagg Up" (Edited Radio Version) – 3:22
  5. "Bagg Up" (Album Version) – 3:22
  6. "Bagg Up" (Instrumental) – 3:21
US CD[8]
  1. "One Call Away" (Edited Radio Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:20
  2. "One Call Away" (Album Version) (featuring J-Weav) – 4:43
  3. "One Call Away" (Instrumental) – 4:43
  4. "Bagg Up" (Edited Version) – 3:22
  5. "Bagg Up" (Album Version) – 3:22
  6. "Bagg Up" (Instrumental) – 3:21

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cibula, Matt (August 19, 2003). "Chingy: Jackpot". PopMatters. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004". Vimeo. 2016-02-06. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  3. ^ "Erik White". mvdbase.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Chingy - One Call Away (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Chingy - One Call Away / Bagg Up (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Chingy - One Call Away (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Chingy - One Call Away (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "Chingy - One Call Away (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Chingy feat. J. Weav – One Call Away". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Chingy feat. J. Weav – One Call Away" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 21, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chingy feat. J. Weav – One Call Away" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Chingy feat. J. Weav – One Call Away". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Chingy feat. J. Weav – One Call Away". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Chingy Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  17. ^ "Chingy Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  18. ^ "Chingy Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  19. ^ "Chingy Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2004". ARIA Charts. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  21. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 2004 – The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  22. ^ "Year-End Charts: The Hot 100." Billboard 2004 Year In Music. Billboard. 2004.
  23. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2004". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Chingy – One Call Away". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 15, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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