Anything (To Find You)

Song by American recording artist Monica
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August 2, 2011
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"Anything (To Find You)" is a song by American recording artist Monica taken from her seventh studio album, New Life (2012). It features additional vocals from American rapper Rick Ross, and was written and produced by longtime contributors Missy Elliott and Cainon Lamb with additional penning from fellow R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, Henry Fuse, Miguel "Pro" Castro, and William Roberts. The song samples 1995's "Who Shot Ya?" performed by The Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy, and uses an interpolation of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1968 hit, "You're All I Need to Get By." A lyrical homage to hip hop's beginnings, the song's initial version also featured American rapper Lil' Kim and was lined up for a release to urban radios in July 2011. However, by the time of its official digital release as the album's leading single, Kim's vocals had been removed entirely from the track due to contractual issues surrounding B.I.G.'s estate, headed by his mother. Released on August 2, 2011 as the album's first offering, the single version of "Anything" peaked at number twenty-five on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. An R&B-up-tempo song, which exhibits elements of the early- to mid 1990s hip hop soul music, "Anything (To Find You)" was well received by music critics, who praised its retro theme and noted it a much-welcomed break from the Europop-dominated influence on contemporary R&B by the time of its release. An accompanying music video for the track was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Chris Robinson in August 2011. Featuring flashy 1990s fashions, boomboxes, and colorfully dressed dancers, the retro-themed video pays homage to the 1990s.
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