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"(Always Be My) Sunshine"
Single by Jay-Z featuring Foxy Brown and Babyface
from the album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Released September 16, 1997
Format 12-inch single, CD, Vinyl
Recorded 1997
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 4:43
Label Roc-A-Fella Records
Writer(s) Shawn Carter
Daven Prestige
Daryl Barksdale
Bobby Robinson
Terry Lewis
James Harris
Producer Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Who You Wit"
"(Always Be My) Sunshine"
"The City Is Mine"
Babyface singles chronology
"How Come How Long"
"(Always Be My) Sunshine"
Foxy Brown singles chronology
"Big Bad Mamma"
"(Always Be My) Sunshine"
"Hot Spot"

"(Always Be My) Sunshine" is the second single from rapper Jay-Z's second album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. It features vocals from Foxy Brown and Babyface as well as production from Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool. Vanderpool samples Alexander O'Neal's "Sunshine", Kraftwerk's "Man Machine" and the Fearless Four's "Rockin' It" for the track's beat. In addition, George Fonenette plays keyboards on this song. The song's lyrics helped indicate Jay-Z's change from his Mafioso rap style to a more commercial "shiny suit" style. Steve Juon of supports the song claiming that it is a less gangsta version of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Me & My Bitch", a well-received track.[1]


Single track list



  1. "Sunshine (Radio Edit)" (3:15)
  2. "Sunshine (Album Version)" (4:11)
  3. "Sunshine (Clean Version)" (4:12)
  4. "Sunshine (TV Track)" (4:12)
  5. "Sunshine (Acappella)" (3:49)



  1. "Sunshine (Album Version)"
  2. "Sunshine (TV Track)"
  3. "Sunshine (Radio Edit)"


  1. "Sunshine (Clean Version)"
  2. "Sunshine (Instrumental)"
  3. "Sunshine (Acappella)"

Chart performances

Chart (1997) Position
German Singles Chart 18
Swedish Singles Chart 42
UK Singles Chart 25
US Billboard Hot 100 95
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 37
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles 16


See also


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