Thought I Knew You (song)

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"Thought I Knew You"
Song by Nicki Minaj featuring The Weeknd
from the album Queen
  • Minaj
  • Abel Tesfaye
  • Hazzard Reid
RecordedCriteria Studios, Miami, Florida
  • Young Money
  • Cash Money
Producer(s)J. Reid

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"Thought I Knew You" is a song recorded by American rapper Nicki Minaj, for her fourth studio album, Queen (2018). The track features Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd and was written by Minaj, Abel Tesfaye and Jeremy Reid.

In the US, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 98. It peaked at number 69 in Canada. Minaj debuted the track on her special Queen radio show on Beats 1.


"Thought I Knew You" was written and produced by Minaj, The Weeknd, Brittany Hazzard and J. Reid.[1] Reid served as the producer.

Minaj's long-time recording engineer Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine said to Rolling Stone about working with Minaj on Queen:

"On "Thought I Knew You," it had to be smooth, something that changed your mood and put you in another place when you listen to it. The sonics have to match the mood that is being sung or rapped about."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

After the release of Queen, "Thought I Knew You" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 98, becoming Minaj's 98th entry on the chart.[3] The song also entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart at number 49.


"Thought I Knew You" is an uptempo synth-pop song and R&B -infused beats. It is written in the key of C♯ minor and features a light reggae beat.[4][not in citation given]


Chart (2018) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 59
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[6] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 98
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 47


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  5. "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  6. "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
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  8. "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2018.

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