Come Back in One Piece

"Come Back in One Piece"
Single by Aaliyah featuring DMX
from the album Romeo Must Die: The Album
A-side "I Don't Wanna" (Europe)
Released June 6, 2000 (North America)
December 11, 2001 (The Netherlands)
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded Fall 1999
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:20
Label Blackground/Virgin
Writer(s) Stephen Garrett, Earl Simmons, Irving Lorenzo, Rob Meys, George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, William Collins
Producer(s) Irv Gotti, Lil Rob
Aaliyah chronology
"Try Again"
"Come Back in One Piece"
"We Need a Resolution"
DMX chronology
"Don't You Ever"
"Come Back in One Piece"
"No Sunshine"

"Come Back in One Piece" is the third official single from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack. The song was performed by Aaliyah and features a guest appearance by DMX. The song was not a Top 40 hit single in the U.S., though it was a minor urban contemporary hit. In Europe, "Come Back in One Piece" and "I Don't Wanna" were released together as double A-side single.

Song information

The single was not successful on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but reached the top 40 on U.S. R&B charts.

The song sampled "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk" by Parliament, from their 1977 LP Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome. The same song was sampled by N.W.A. in 1991 for their song "Niggaz 4 Life" from the album of the same name.

No uncensored version of the song is available very easily, as the album which it appeared on censored all profanities (unusual since the film which it served as a soundtrack to had a lot of profanities, and was rated R). Also, Aaliyah's discography in general has been free of explicit lyrics. All profanities were replaced with typical ad libs from DMX songs, such as "what?" and "come on!". The US promotional CD single features the explicit version of the song.

Music video

The video was filmed in Yonkers, New York. The video features Aaliyah and DMX in an urban setting. At the beginning the two pose for pictures against a brick wall, with Aaliyah mouthing DMX's opening intro. DMX appears at a convenience store fighting other men. Aaliyah appears in three scenes singing. In one she is laying on a bed with her dog, another walking down a sidewalk with a pit bull, and the other with her sitting beside DMX. In between cuts, the scene shifts to children sitting beside televisions with scenes from Romeo Must Die. At the end children and adults alike, stand in front of murals of Aaliyah and DMX. The Video landed at #10 on BET: Notarized Top 100 Videos of 2000. The video was directed by Little X.

Track listing

Dutch CD single

  1. "I Don't Wanna" (Album version)
  2. "Come Back in One Piece" (Radio edit without rap)
  3. "Come Back in One Piece" (Main edit) (featuring DMX)

US Promotional CD Single

  1. "Come Back in One Piece" (Radio Fade)
  2. "Come Back in One Piece" (Album Version) (Clean Lyric Fade)
  3. "Come Back in One Piece" (Instrumental)
  4. "Come Back in One Piece" (Album Version) (Explicit)
  5. "Come Back in One Piece" (Call Out Research Hook)

U.S. 12" single

  1. "Come Back in One Piece" (Clean album version) (featuring DMX)
  2. "Come Back in One Piece" (Instrumental version)
  3. "Come Back in One Piece" (A capella) (featuring DMX)
  1. "Come Back in One Piece" (Radio edit)
  2. "Come Back in One Piece" (Album version)
  3. "Try Again" (Timbaland Remix) (featuring Timbaland)

Chart positions

Chart (2000) Peak
Netherland Mega Top 100 Singles[1] 59
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 36
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 39
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 17


  1. Week 22, 2000 Accessed: October 28, 2006

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