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Caught out There

"Caught out There" is the lead single from Kelis' debut album, Kaleidoscope (1999). The single was a moderate hit in the U.S., where it peaked at number fifty-four; it was a much bigger success in Europe, especially the UK, where it became her first top five hit, peaking at number four.

The song was used on MuchMusic's Shortest Weddings special.

Song information

The song is well-rumored to have been based on Kelis' real-life experience with a man. In the song, sung in third person, rather than a direct second-person confrontation, she finds out her man has been unfaithful to her and after explaining that "I break" (she dumps him for his infidelity), she sings, first about all the things she has done for the man (verse one), laments about how unfair the infidelity is (verse two) and finally blows a fuse, complete with gun cock (verse three). At the end of each verse, she sings "because you're caught out there", an urban slang for "being caught with your pants down" (the pun) and/or to be busted for cheating. At the beginning of the chorus, she switches from a light-soul/jazz singing voice of the verses to "belting" her frustration: "I hate you so much right now".

Music video

In the single's music video, directed by Hype Williams, Kelis, in her technicolor spiral afro, blond, gold, orange, red, and fuchsia hair, starts in a "confessionary" style, before opening to the chorus where she rips up the living room. Afterwards, Kelis and a group of fed-up women boycott and picket men. Finally, as she sings "got something for y'all", a gun cock is heard and the video finishes by alluding to her exacting revenge for her former lover's infidelity.

Track listings

CD single

  1. "Caught out There" (UK Radio Edit) – 3:36
  2. "Caught out There" (The Neptunes Extended Mix) – 6:23
  3. "Suspended" – 4:53
  4. "Caught out There" (Video)Cassette single
  5. "Caught out There" (UK Radio Edit) – 3:36
  6. "Caught out There" (The Neptunes Extended Mix) – 6:23
  7. "Suspended" – 4:53


Chart (2000) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 26
Canadian Singles Chart 10
Dutch Top 40 3
French SNEP Singles Chart 96
German Singles Chart 40
Irish Singles Chart 23
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 10
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 32
Chart (2000) Peak
Norwegian Singles Chart 11
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 35
UK Singles Chart 4
UK R&B Singles Chart 1
United World Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 54
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 9


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