Mr. Smith is LL Cool J’s sixth studio album, and “Hey Lover” is the first single from it.
Boyz II Men, an American R&B group, contribute vocals to the song.
It was produced by The Trackmasters and LL Cool J for Def Jam Recordings and released on October 31, 1995.
Rod Temperton, the writer of Michael Jackson’s 1982 successful album Thriller, was given credit as a writer of this song since it samples “The Lady in My Life” from his 1982 hit album Thriller.
“Hey Lover” received a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards, marking his second Grammy in that category after “Mama Said Knock You Out” in 1992.
Gillian Iliana White, a television and film actress, played LL Cool J’s love interest in the music video, which was directed by Hype Williams.