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Smuckers (song)

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Song by Tyler, the Creator featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West
from the album Cherry Bomb
ReleasedApril 13, 2015
GenreHip hop
LabelOdd Future
Producer(s)Tyler, the Creator

"Smuckers" (stylized in all caps[1]) is a song by American rapper Tyler, the Creator featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West, from Tyler's third studio album Cherry Bomb (2015). It features background vocals from Samantha Nelson. The song was originally supposed to be by Kanye West and Jay-Z.

Background[edit | edit source]

West disses shoe company Nike with the lines: "Why, why, why?/Why don't they like me?/Cause Nike gave lot of niggas checks/But I'm the only nigga ever to check Nike".[2] He went on to diss the company further in promotional single "Facts" in late 2015.[3]

The track was performed by Tyler on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in July 2015 alongside the album's title track.[4] In November 2016, a video clip was shared by Eric Diep of Tyler speaking about why the song will be legendary.[5]

Composition and writing[edit | edit source]

The song includes a sample of "Metropolis Notte" by Gabriele Ducros.[6] Its first verse is rapped by Tyler, the second is rapped by West, whilst the third and final verse is rapped by both Tyler and Wayne.[7] West explained that he rewrote his verse after hearing Tyler and Wayne on "Smuckers" in Tyler's 2017 documentary about Cherry Bomb.[8]

Recording[edit | edit source]

Tyler revealed in April 2015 that the track was originally supposed to be a Kanye West and Jay-Z record.[9] Prior to the release of the Cherry Bomb documentary, a video clip from it was shared of West recording his verse on the track in January 2017.[10]

Commercial performance[edit | edit source]

"Smuckers" reached number 8 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart upon the album's release, making the song the only non-single release from it to chart.[11]

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2015) Peak
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[12] 8

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Cherry Bomb by Tyler, The Creator". iTunes Store. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. "Kanye West Isn't Actually Crazy, But Being 'Crazy' Is Liberating". VICE. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  3. "Kanye West Disses Nike In New Song 'Facts,' says Nike Gave LeBron A Billion To Not Run Away Like A Slave". Ballislife.com. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  4. "Tyler, the Creator Performs "Cherry Bomb" and "Smuckers", Wears Cat in the Hat Costume on "Kimmel"". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  5. "Tyler, The Creator Believes "Smuckers" Will Be "Legendary"". DJBooth. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. "Sample Saturdays: "Smuckers" by Tyler the Creator". AAFLEUR. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  7. "Tyler The Creator, Kanye West And Lil Wayne Have Nothing Sweet To Say On 'Smuckers'". MTV. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  8. "Watch Tyler, The Creator's Cherry Bomb Documentary in Full". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  9. "Tyler, the Creator Says "Smuckers" Was Originally for Kanye West and Jay Z". Complex. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  10. "Watch Kanye Record "Smuckers" in New Clip From Tyler, the Creator's Documentary". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  11. "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  12. "Tyler, the Creator Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2018.

External links[edit | edit source]

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