Ready or Not

After 7

About Ready or Not

"Ready or Not" is a song performed by After 7, issued as the third single from the group's eponymous debut album. In 1989, the song became the first #1 R&B single for the group. It was also the group's first top ten pop single, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan's song "Let It Burn" heavily resembles the rhythm of this song since her single employs the sample. "Ready or Not" was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 14, 1990.


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I'll give the sun
The rain
The moon
The stars and the mountains
I'll give you the world
And all that you wish for
And even more
Girl I love you more than you could know
And that's for sure
I'd climb the highest hill
Cross the widest sea
Nothin' could discourage me
And I pray that you will be
Always there for me
Forever more
Ready or not
I'll give you everything
And more
All that I've got it's yours
I'll give you everything
All that you're looking for

I'll give you my heart
My soul
My time
My love is a fountain
I will be your earth
And all that you need for
And even more
'Cause girl I love you more than words can show

My love is pure
I'll walk a thousand miles
Sail a thousand seas
Nothin' will discourage me
And I pray that you will
Always be there for me
Forever more

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After 7

After 7 is an R&B group founded in 1988 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. The Edmonds brothers are the siblings of popular pop and R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds" (Melvin is older, and Kevon - born Kevin - is younger). Mitchell was long thought to be the cousin of Babyface's then-partner, songwriter-producer Antonio "L.A." Reid, however, this was actually set up as a marketing tool for the group and was actually incorrect. more »

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Written by: Kenneth B Edmonds

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10 facts about this song

"Ready or Not" is a song recorded by American R&B group After 7. It was written by L.A. Reid and Babyface, both famous songwriters in the industry.
Release Information
It was released as a single from their self-titled debut album and it was the album's second single released in 1989 under the Virgin Records label.
Chart Performance
"Ready or Not" reached the top of the Billboard R&B chart and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990.
The song's success led to a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Music Style
Known for its smooth, soulful melody, the song is a classic example of the late 1980s and early 1990s R&B sound.
The song has remained a staple in After 7's live performances and remains popular on Classic R&B/soul radio stations.
Band Formation
The members of After 7 include Kevon Edmonds (the younger brother of producer/songwriter Babyface), Melvin Edmonds and Keith Mitchell.
"Ready or Not" played a crucial role in the band's career, establishing them as one of the standout new acts in R&B in 1990.
Other Performances
In 2016, After 7 revisited the song during a performance on SiriusXM'S Heart & Soul Channel 48 to mark their 25th anniversary in the music industry.
"Ready or Not" has been sampled and covered by various artists throughout the years, showcasing its enduring appeal and influence since its initial release.

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