We were as one, baby, for a moment in time
and it seemed everlasting that you would always be mine
Now you want to be free so I'm letting you fly
‘Cause i know in my heart, baby, our love will never die!
You'll always be a part of me; I’m a part of you indefinitely
Boy don't you know you can't escape me cause you'll always be my baby
And we'll linger on; Time can't erase a feeling this strong
No way you're never gonna shake me cause you'll always be my baby
I ain't gonna cry and I won't beg you to stay
If you're determined to leave boy, I will not stand in your way
But inevitably you'll be back again
‘Cause you know in your heart babe, our love will never end
I know that you'll be back boy
when your days and your nights get a little bit colder
I know that you'll be right back
Believe me, it's only a matter of time
In the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1996, this pop/R&B song debut at #2 only. Two alpha male mixed this: Grammy Award-winning record producer and songwriter Manuel Seal Jr., and Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, an American record producer, rapper and songwriter better known as Jermaine Dupri or J.D.
Seal is just a staff songwriter and a producer at Dupri's So So Def Recordings. He co-produced You Make Me Wanna, Nice and Slow, With Me, My Boo, and We Belong Together.
It was easy for Dupri. He has his father’s connections so he was able to dance for Diana Ross when he was just 10 (during this time though, his parents separated). He was also able to tour with Whodini and Run-D.M.C. at 12, and produce the female rap trio Silk Tymes Leather (It Ain't Where Ya From, 1990) at 14.
He met Chris Kelly and Chris Smith at a local mall in 1991, and produced an album for them, Totally Krossed Out, which received multi-platinum recognition. Then he formed Xscape, a female R&B group he discovered in 1993 during a festival in Atlanta. Their album, Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha, went platinum.
Around that time, he met Shawntae “Da Brat” Harris, signed her to his label, and released Funkdafied. The album went and sold 1,000,000 units. Seizing the limelight, Dupri produced for TLC, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, MC Lyte, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, and J-Won, making him a multi-millionaire at 24.
A Michael Jackson fan at heart, Dupri is currently working with Brandon Hines. He has collaborated with Snoop Doggy Dogg, OutKast, Slick Rick, Nas, and Master P to come up with his own debut solo album (Life in 1472) in July 1998. He had dropped his surname to create an identity apart from his father, favoring 2Pac, Snoop, Dr. Dre and Notorious B.I.G.
"Dupri's sound is down-home, basically bassy, and lusciously--marketably--bubblegum." –Vibe