"Right Here (Departed)" is a song by American singer Brandy, written by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and The Writing Camp members Evan "Kidd" Bogart, Victoria Horn, Erika Nuri, and David "DQ" Quiñones and produced by Jerkins for her fifth studio album Human (2008). Its lyrics chronicle a woman's talks about mutual support with loved ones.
Picked as the album's leading single and Brandy's first release with Epic Records, following her split with Atlantic Records in 2005, the song premiered via Brandy's official webpage on August 13, 2008. Her first release in four years, it was officially serviced to U.S. radios on August 25, 2008. The song has since reached number 23 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The music video for "Right Here (Departed)," Brandy's first collaboration with Canadian director Little X, was filmed on August 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Shot on-street and in front of a greenscreen, it features cameo appearances by Jerkins and Brandy's younger brother Ray J, also starring actor Cory Hardrict as Brandy's boyfriend. The production of the clip was tracked by BET's Access Granted television series, with the final cut eventually premiering on small screen on September 3, 2008 at the end of its Access Granted episode and online at 3:00 pm PT on Yahoo! Music.
The concept of the video was chosen out of several different ideas. Brandy, who cited the realness of Little X's treatment as its strength, has described the video about being there for a loved one. The concept depicts Brandy as an angel, who is "crossing over to the other side and coming back into my family's life. Just popping up everywhere, just singing to them," she said, also noting its I Am Legend feel. "You can take it like you're talking about a mother and a daughter, a sister, brother, girlfriend, whatever — it's universal in that way [...] sometimes you see me on the street by myself completely, and it's pretty cool. I'm really excited about it [...]." Although the shooting of a scene with Brandy interacting with a young girl was captured by Access Granted, the sequence was not included into the final cut of the video.
|Chart (2008)||Peak Position|
|Bulgarian Singles Chart||10|
|Canadian Hot 100||95|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||74|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||23|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay||23|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||61|
|Internet leak||August 13, 2008|
|United States||rhythm/crossover radio||August 25, 2008|
|digital download||September 9, 2008|
|mainstream radio||September 23, 2008|
|Austria||digital download||September 12, 2008|