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"Don't Look Any Further" is a 1984 single by former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards, featuring Siedah Garrett. The single was written by Franne Golde, Dennis Lambert and Duane Hitchings. Guitar, bass and drum programming is by Paul Jackson, Jr. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and peaked at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, the song peaked at No. 45. The music video is known among the worst ever.

Sampling

  • The 1986 single "City Lights" by William Pitt, which was European hit, uses the same bassline and chord structure.
  • The first well-known sample of the song's distinctive bassline is in Eric B. & Rakim's 1987 single "Paid in Full".
  • 2Pac's song "Hit 'Em Up", the B-side to his 1996 single "How Do U Want It", also samples "Don't Look Any Further".
  • The 'Don't Look Any Further Remix' of the song "Unpretty" by R&B girl group TLC heavily samples the song.
  • The Notorious B.I.G. and Junior Mafia also sample "Don't Look Any Further" for their song "Gettin' Money (Remix)".
  • Australian hip hop group The Herd sample the bassline in their song, "77%".
  • Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock also sample the bassline in their song "Make It Hot".
  • Actress-singer Tichina Arnold samples "Don't Look Any Further" for her song "Anyway You Wanna Be".
  • Lil Wayne samples "Don't Look Any Further" on his 2002 single "Way of Life". It features Big Tymers and TQ and appears on his album 500 Degreez.
  • Houston rapper Z-Ro sample the song in "Mo City Don (Freestyle)" off his album Let the Truth Be Told.
  • Rapper Snoop Dogg samples the song in "New Jackson" (De Sean Jackson Theme Song) and in the song "Paper'd Up".
  • Aloe Blacc uses a simplified version of the bass in "Love Is the Answer".
  • Gospel duo Mary Mary sampled the song on their hit single "Shackles (Praise You)", first produced by Warryn Campbell on their 2000 debut album, Thankful.
  • Lil' J (Today known as Young Jeezy) sampled this on his song "Dubbs and Brikks", featuring Kinky B, in his album "T.U.I. Thuggin Under The Influence", released in 2001. The same song was re-released on his second album, Come Shop Wit Me, when he started getting known as Young Jeezy, under the name "I Ride".

In popular culture

Music video

The music video for the song has been described as "what ... might be the worst video ever".

However, given the rudimentary style of video making utilized at the time, many believe that the video was of, at least, moderate quality. Despite its simplicity, some early video aficionados describe the video as "awesomely terrible". Regardless of how critics view this video, most agree that it is visual accompaniment for one of the greatest soul songs of the 1980s.




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