Finesse

Album: 24K Magic (2016)
Charted: 5 3

Songfacts®:

  • This new jack swing influenced song finds Bruno Mars unleashing his inner house party MC.

    Fellas grab your ladies if your lady fine
    Tell her she the one, she the one for life
    Ladies grab your fellas and let's do this right
    If you're on one like me in mind
    Yeah we got it goin' on, got it goin' on


    The song is one of the most upbeat tracks on 24K Magic. "Anytime you see us, on tour, on TV, I want to be moving," Mars told Rolling Stone. "I was very conscious on this album of the bounce."
  • Bruno Mars wrote the early '90s throwback tune with his regular collaborators Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown and James Fauntleroy. Mars, Lawrence and Brown also handled the production under their Shampoo Press & Curl moniker, with The Stereotypes responsible for additional drum programming.
  • The song's drum pattern takes direct inspiration from the intro to Bell Biv Devoe's 1990 R&B hit "Poison."
  • A remix of the song featuring American rapper Cardi B was released on January 4, 2018. Cardi B drops bars about growing up in the Bronx and working as a dancer before her rise to rap stardom.
  • The self-directed video was inspired by one of Mars' "favorite TV shows of all time." The clip pays homage to the early 1990s American sketch comedy television series In Living Color.
  • Bruno Mars recalled his collaboration with the Bronx rapper: "I met Cardi B at 3 am after my show in LA backstage where we recorded her verse for Finesse. She walked in the room and she was everything I'd hope she'd be."
  • Jonathan Yip of The Stereotypes recalled working with Bruno Mars and the other producers on this track. "For 'Finesse,' he [Mars] was like, 'We gotta go new jack swing. Let's get one on here,'" he remembered to Billboard: "For me, new jack swing is like my favorite era ever, and so as we're going along we're just messing around making some stuff. He's getting on the drum set, everybody is grabbing an instrument, and everybody is singing and yelling. Everybody is kind of contributing their little bit to the song, and next thing you know, we're dripping in finesse [Laughs]."
  • Mars and Cardi B performed this at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

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