What Would You Do? (City High song)

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"What Would You Do?"
What Would You Do.jpg
Single by City High
from the album City High and Life soundtrack

February 27, 2001 (2001-02-27)

24 September, 2001 (UK)
Format CD5, 12"
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 3:32 (Life)
2:54 (City High)
Label Interscope
Rockland (1999 Life album)
Songwriter(s) Robby Pardlo, Ryan Toby, Calvin Broadus, Andre Young, Brian Bailey, Melvin Bradford, David Axelrod
Producer(s) Wyclef Jean
City High singles chronology
"What Would You Do?"
"What Would You Do?"
Music video
"What Would You Do?" on YouTube

"What Would You Do?" is a song recorded by American R&B/hip hop trio City High. It was released in February 2001 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album, the track was originally included on the 1999 soundtrack of the film Life, starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.[1] It is the group's most successful single to date, peaking at number 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[2] number one on Billboard Hot Rap Singles,[2] number 13 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[2] and number three in the United Kingdom.[3] The version of the song on their debut album differs from that included on the Life soundtrack as it features a sample of Dr. Dre's hit song, "The Next Episode". The Life soundtrack version of the song does not contain the Dr. Dre sample.


The song, along with the accompanying music video, is a motivational anthem for single parents dealing with poverty and especially for single mothers who feel forced into prostitution due to the need to support their children.[4]


Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 58
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 14
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[8] 87
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 19
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 14
France (SNEP)[10] 77
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 20
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 7
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[2] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 8
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[2] 13
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[2] 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[2] 2


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