Hit U In The Socket (a.k.a. (Hit U) In The Socket or In The Socket) was initially offered as an mp3 download as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 4 (along with Props N’ Pounds by Prince, Sex In My Bones by Fonky Bald Heads and NPG Ahdio Show # 4). An exceprt of this remix was included on the Man‘O’War (Remix) NPG Records Sampler unreleased cassette.
This version was later also offered through Rosie Gaines’ website (as (Hit U) In The Socket (NPGMC Remix)), which also offered the original 1991 recording of the song as the fifth track of a digital album Try Me (as In The Socket).
In 1993, a brief sample of the original version of Hit U In The Socket was used in a Segue from Carmen Electra’s album Carmen Electra, as if heard while scanning through a radio dial (clips of The Voice, In A Word Or 2, Sexy M.F., With This Tear and Goldnigga are also heard).
In 2009, an alternate version of the 1991 recording was included as the fifth track on her iTunes exclusive album Concrete Jungle (as Hit U In The Socket).
While specific recording dates are unknown, basic tracks were recorded in June 1991 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, with horn overdubs taking place on 15 November 1992 (on the same day as horn overdubs for Holly Don’t Care).
This version was included as the fourth song on one 1993 configuration of Rosie Gaines’ planned Paisley Park Records album Concrete Jungle, and the fifth song on another 1993 configuration, while not appearing on other configurations, a version of the album (now released by Dredlix Records) was released on iTunes in 2009.
Recording dates for the overdubs on the version released in 2009 are not known, but these were likely recorded in 2000-2001 at Paisley Park Studios.