About Inside

"Inside" is an R&B song from Monica's second studio album, The Boy Is Mine. It was released outside US as the album's fourth single in early 1999. Chart positions are currently unknown. The video, directed by Earle Sebastian (known for his work for Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, among others) only received airplay in Europe as promotion for the album.


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Last night when I saw you 
With somebody new 
You asked how I've been 
And I  I told you I was fine 
And as you held each other close 
I smiled and said it's good to see you 
And you didn't know 
I'm cryin' baby 
I'm dyin' baby 
I don't want to let you see 
Baby what you've done to me 
So I keep it all inside (inside) 
Inside (inside) 
Sometimes when you call me 
I don't know what to say 
You say I've been on your mind 
And we'll talk again sometime 
You say you're glad we can be friends 
I say I'm over all the heartache 
But it's all pretend 
I'm cryin' baby 
I'm dyin' baby 
I don't want to let you see 
Baby what you've done to me 
So I keep it all inside 
Outside I'm smilin' baby 
Outside these tears just can't be found 
But I'm just breaking down 
Don't you know that I am dyin' baby (dyin' baby) 
I don't want to let you see 
Baby what you've done to me 
So I'll keep it all INSIDE 
Yeah, I'm cryin' baby 
I'm dyin' baby 
I don't want to let you see 
Baby what you've done to me 
So I'll keep it all inside 
I'll just keep it all inside 

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Monica Denise Brown (née Arnold; born October 24, 1980) professionally known as Monica, is an American R&B singer–songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, Monica began performing as a child and became part of a traveling gospel choir, at the age of ten. Guided by producers Dallas Austin and Tim & Bob, she signed with Arista Records at age thirteen and released her debut album Miss Thang in 1995. Its first two singles "Don't Take It Personal" and "Before You Walk out of My Life" made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the US Billboard Top R&B Singles chart. more »

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Written by: KIM L. OWENS

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Artist Information
"Inside" is performed by American R&B singer Monica, who began her music career as a teenager and gained wide recognition for her soulful vocal skills.
Songwriters and Producers
The song was written by Marvin "Slim" Scandrick, Daron Jones, Quinnes "Q" Parker, and Michael Keith. The four songwriters are associated with the American R&B quartet, 112.
Album Release
"Inside" is part of Monica's third studio album, "All Eyez on Me," which was released in 2002.
Aborted Release
Despite "Inside" being part of "All Eyez on Me," the album was only released in Japan due to leak issues. Later, the album was repackaged and released in the United States as "After the Storm" in 2003.
Musical Style
"Inside" is a song that aligns well with Monica's R&B roots, showcasing her ability to deliver emotional lyrics with a deep and soulful vocal execution.
The song "Inside" symbolizes Monica's thematic focus on relationships, emotions, and the complex feelings of love and heartache.
Chart Performance
Unfortunately, "Inside" and the other songs from the "All Eyez on Me" album didn't see any significant chart action since the album was only released in Japan.
Album Reviews
Despite its limited release, "All Eyez on Me," including the song "Inside," received mixed reviews from music critics.
Record Label
The song was released under the J Records label, a record company founded by Clive Davis, a record producer who has been instrumental in the careers of many successful artists.
Personal Significance
Although "Inside" may not be as popular as Monica's other songs, it is significant in its portrayal of her maturation as an artist during this period in her career.
Album Information
"Inside" is from Monica's third studio album, "All Eyez on Me," initially released in 2002. However, after its lack of success in America, the album was revised and renamed "After the Storm."
Song Production
The song "Inside" was written by Jazmine Sullivan and produced by Missy Elliott, who has repeatedly collaborated with Monica.
Genre Classification
"Inside" is classified as R&B music, which is Monica's primary genre.
Song Message
The lyrics of "Inside" tell a story about battling self-doubt and seeking inner strength to face life's struggles.
Album Performance
Monica's trimmed down release "After the Storm," which included the song "Inside," peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200, marking it a more successful album compared to its initial release.
Monica's collaboration with Jazmine Sullivan and Missy Elliott on "Inside" is one of several collaborations that the artist has engaged in throughout her career.
Artist's Personal Life
When "Inside" was released in 2002, Monica was only 21 years old and was already known as a Grammy-nominated artist.
Critical Reception
Critics generally praised the song "Inside" with its lyrical depth and praised Monica's vocal performance. However, specific details about the song's chart performance remain vague as it was not released as a single.
Missy Elliott's Role
As well as producing this song, noteworthy rapper and producer Missy Eliott is also a guest artist on the album "After the Storm."
Song's Relevance
Though "Inside" might not be as popular as Monica's persona-defining songs like "Don't Take It Personal" or "Before You Walk Out of My Life," it is still greatly valued by her fans for its sincerity and vulnerability.

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