Illustration by Michael White.
This week’s “Inside the Lines” quotes “All I need (I’ll be there for you/You’re all I need to get by)” song performed by Rapper Method Man, and features vocals by R&B singer Mary J. Blige; won them both their first Grammy Award.
The song had 3 Hip Hop versions, original (which featured on Method Man’s debut album “Tical” in 1994, and not featuring Mary J. Blige), summer of 1996 a remix by BadBoy ( and Trackmatsters), and a remix by the RZA; helped shoot the single to #1 on the chart.
You’re all that I need, I’ll be there for you
If you keep it real with me, I’ll keep it real wit’chu
Loving your whole steeze, it be in there boo
On top of that you got the good power you
Shorty I’m there for you anytime you need me
For real girl, it’s me in your world, believe me
Nuthin’ make a man feel better than a woman
Queen with a crown that be down for whatever
There are few things thats forever, my lady
We can make war or make babies
Back when I was nuthin’
You made a brother feel like he was something
Thats why I’m with you to this day boo, no frontin’
Even when the skies were gray
You would rub me on my back and say baby it’ll be O.K.
Now that’s real to a brother like me baby
Never ever give my pussy away and keep it tight aight
And I’m a walk these dogs so we can live
In a fat ass crib with thousands of kids
Word life you don’t need a ring to be my wife
Just be there for me I’m a make sure we
Be livin’ in the fucking lap of luxury
I’m realizing that ‘cha didn’t have to fuck with me
But ‘cha did, now I’m going all out kid
And I got mad love to give, you my nigga…
Method Man – All I need ft. Mary J. Blige (remix)