Loyal

Album: X (2013)
Charted: 10 9
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Three versions of this promotional single for Chris Brown's X album were recorded. All of them feature Lil Wayne, but The East Coast version features French Montana as well, whilst Too Short jumps on the West Coast version and Tyga on the Video version. It was the latter, which was promoted to mainstream radio in America.
  • The song finds Brown addressing gold-digging and money-chasing women who attach themselves to famous names but have no intention of staying loyal to them. It's been reported that his lyrics include a dig at his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna's promiscuous behavior:

    "She wanna do drugs (drugs) smoke weed, get drunk (wasted)
    She wanna see a nigga trapped
    She wanna f--k all the rappers (uh-huh)."

    Brown has previous for slamming Rihanna in a song. In October 2013 Breezy released his unheard verse for DJ Khaled's 'I'm Still' track, which featured him putting down the "Diamonds" singer.
  • The song's music video was directed by Brown himself and finds the singer showing off his adept footwork at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles. Lil Wayne and Tyga appear in the clip as well as Ty Dolla $ign, who co-wrote the song, plus Trey Songz and Usher.
  • Too Short first appeared on the Hot 100 dated November 17, 1990, when "The Ghetto" debuted on its way to a #42 peak. This was the Oakland rapper's first Top 10 hit - a gap of 23 years, five months and two weeks from his initial chart entry.

    According to Billboard, Too Short came up just, er, short of the longest wait from a debut Hot 100 appearance for a first Top 10 hit. "Weird Al" Yankovic needed just one week longer from his debut Hot 100 entry, 1983's "Ricky," until his first Top Tenner, 2006's #9 hit "White & Nerdy."
  • Ty Dolla Sign originally wrote the song for a mutual friend of his and Chris Brown, Bobby Brackins. He let Brown have the tune after the "Love More" singer had recorded his own version.
  • The song finds the singer boasting about stealing other men's girlfriends, before chastising them for being unfaithful. "This one woman came up to me and was like, 'Me and my girl was thinking you could lighten up on your lyrics,'" Ty admitted to Fader magazine. "At first I started to get a little bothered, but then I was like, you know what? F--k that. If you don't understand it, then it's not for you, know what I'm saying? It's party music."
  • This proved to be a hit with prison guards during Brown's time in jail in 2014. "[They were] playing it over the speakers when I was locked up,' he told MTV News. 'You know how they'd call you like, 'Brown you've got a visitor' - they would play the music and I thought: this is funny."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Booker T. Jones

Booker T. JonesSongwriter Interviews

The Stax legend on how he cooked up "Green Onions," the first time he and Otis Redding saw hippies, and if he'll ever play a digital organ.

AC/DC

AC/DCFact or Fiction

Does Angus really drink himself silly? Did their name come from a sewing machine? See if you can spot the real stories about AC/DC.

Laura Nyro

Laura NyroSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.

Songs in Famous Movie Scenes: '80s Edition

Songs in Famous Movie Scenes: '80s EditionMusic Quiz

You know the scenes - Tom Cruise in his own pants-off dance off, Molly Ringwald celebrating her birthday - but do you remember what song is playing?

Bob Daisley

Bob DaisleySongwriter Interviews

Bob was the bass player and lyricist for the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums. Here's how he wrote songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.

Jon Anderson of Yes

Jon Anderson of YesSongwriter Interviews

From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon Anderson talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.