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Can I Get A...
"Can I Get A... (Soundtrack Version)"
Sticker from shrink wrap of the U.S. 12-inch vinyl single
Single by Jay-Z featuring Ja Rule and Amil
from the album Def Jam's Rush Hour Soundtrack and Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Released August 22, 1998 (1998-08-22)
Recorded 1998
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:09
Jay-Z singles chronology
"It's Alright"
(1998) It's Alright1998
"Can I Get A..."
(1998) Can I Get A...1998
"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"
(1998) Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)1998
Jah singles chronology
"Can I Get A..."
(1998) Can I Get A...1998
"Grand Finale"
(1998) Grand Finale1998
Amil singles chronology
"Can I Get A..."
(1998) Can I Get A...1998
"Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator 99)"
(1999) Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator 99)1999

"Can I Get A..." is a song recorded by American rapper Jay-Z, featuring Ja Rule and Amil. 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 as its first single. 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 it was censored to "Can I Get A 'What What'?" and ".. whoop whoop" for radio airplay. The song deals with the question of whether Jay-Z's girlfriend would stick with him if he wasn't wealthy.[1]

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 album Damita Jo, 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 appears in the video as a bartender. Jermaine Dupri also makes a cameo.

Formats and track listings


  1. "Can I Get A..." - 5:13
  2. "Faded Pictures" - 3:48
  3. "How Deep Is Your Love" - 3:58



  1. "Can I Get A..." (radio edit)
  2. "Bitch Betta Have My Money" (radio edit)
  3. "And You Don't Stop" (radio edit)


  1. "Can I Get A..." (TV track)
  2. "Bitch Betta Have My Money" (TV track)
  3. "And You Don't Stop" (TV track)


Chart (1998-99) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[2] 36
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 19
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 6
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[9] 22

Year-end charts

Chart (1999) Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 80

See also


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