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What's It Gonna Be?!

"What's It Gonna Be?!" is a 1999 single by rapper Busta Rhymes and R&B singer Janet Jackson.

Music video

The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams. It was one of the most expensive videos made, costing $2 million, and was big on special effects. The video begins wih a glass filled with liquid moving toward the edge of its resting area. The glass falls then the liquid makes its way back up to its resting area, transforming into Busta Rhymes; then begins performing. Janet makes her entrance in an area with a liquid floor, walls and ceiling. Drummer boys appear through the walls and Busta Rhymes turns into a snake-like creature, inevitably turning into one of the drummer boys. Busta then rises through the ceiling turning into little versions of himself, falling like rain from the ceiling onto Janet. Eventually Busta and Janet meet up for a performance together. Everything in the scenes explode into thin air including Busta and Janet. The video then ends with Busta and Janet turning into the original liquid that Busta appeared from. There are also women throughout the video dancing in silver body suits and Busta playing an electric guitar with a sound amplifier system behind him.

Track Listings

US - 12" vinyl Maxi Single

  • A1. What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Version - Dirty) (5:28)
  • A2. What's It Gonna Be?! (Instrumental) (5:28)
  • A3. What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Version Clean - Edit) (4:19)
  • B1. What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Version - Clean) (5:28)
  • B2. What's It Gonna Be?! (Instrumental) (5:28)

Germany 5" CD Single

  • What's It Gonna Be?! (Soul Society Remix) (3:56)
  • What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Clean Version - Edit) (4:04)
  • What's It Gonna Be?! (Micky Finn D&B Remix) (5:59)

US 5" CD Single

  • What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Version Clean - Edit) (4:09)
  • What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Version Clean) (5:29)

UK - Cassette Single

  • A1. What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Version Clean - Edit) (4:09)
  • A2. What's It Gonna Be?! (Soul Society Remix) (3:53)
  • B1. What's It Gonna Be?! (LP Version Clean - Edit) (4:09)
  • B2. What's It Gonna Be?! (Soul Society Remix) (3:53)

Official Versions/Remixes

  • Acappella (4:19)
  • Album Version [Dirty] (5:28)
  • Album/LP Edit [Clean] (4:09)
  • Instrumental (5:28)
  • Micky Finn D&B Remix (6:00)
  • Soul Society Remix (3:53)
  • Soul Society Remix Extended (4:52)

Charts

The song peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and hit #1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot Rap Tracks charts. It was also a top ten hit in the UK and Australia. It was a moderate success in Europe reaching the top forty in most countries.

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 5
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1
U.S. Top 40 Mainstream 40
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 28
ARC Top 40 23
UK Singles Chart 6
ARIA Top 50 6
South African Sales Chart 7
German Singles Chart 42
Finland Singles Chart 43
Japan Sales Chart 34
Holland Singles Chart 21
Canadian Singles Chart 11
Belgium Singles Chart 33
Netherlands Singles Chart 24
Sweden Singles Chart 52
Switzerland Singles Chart 41

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