In My Feelings

Album: Scorpion (2018)
Charted: 1 1


  • "In My Feelings" finds Drake pouring out his heart to some of his old flames, including Oakland, California model and social media personality K'yanna Barber.

    Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?
    Say you'll never ever leave from beside me
    'Cause I want ya, and I need ya
    And I'm down for you always
    KB, do you love me? Are you riding?
    Say you'll never ever leave from beside me

    Many fans and media outlets initially identified Kiki as Keshia Chanté, Drake's first girlfriend in Toronto. However, a credible source has since stated that Drake is actually referencing K'yanna Barber, whom was seen together with Drake by gossip outlets several times in 2017. The connection to Barber makes sense as her name ties in with Drake's use of the initials "KB". Although Barber has not directly acknowledged that she's the Kiki Drake is talking about, she did tweet out the lyrics referencing her initials on July 8, 2018.
  • In the second part of the chorus, Drake shouts out "Resha" and "J.T." from the Miami rap female duo City Girls, who also provide vocals on the song's breakdown. J.T. and Yung Miami (her real name is Caresha) first came to prominence when their debut single "F--- Dat Ni--a" earned a surprise placement on Quality Control's compilation Control The Streets Vol 1.
  • The song features production from:

    Drake's frequent collaborator and right hand man Noah "40" Shebib.

    Cleveland-based producer TrapMoneyBenny, who has also worked with Chief Keef, 21 Savage and Gucci Mane. This was his first credit on a Drake tune.

    New Orleans producer BlaqNmilD, who has been a driving force behind the bounce scene for years. He also worked on Drake's hit single "Nice For What."
  • Overall, the song draws significant inspiration from New Orleans bounce music and the track is heavily based on vocal samples, a mainstay of that sound. The Frankenstein production includes the borrowing on the breakdown of Magnolia Shorty's bounce remix of Jadakiss's "Smoking Gun". That sample is mixed with City Girls original vocals written to sound similar to Shorty's cut.

    Also sampled is the second verse of Lil Wayne's 2008 smash hit "Lollipop." The New Orleans rapper is a frequent collaborator and also the signee of Drake to Young Money.
  • The song ends with a dialogue clip from the seventh episode of the second season of Donald Glover's hit show Atlanta. That episode took place at a party at Drake's house. (The OVO rapper was unaware of the storyline before the show broadcast). The line is spoken by Zazie Beetz's character Van who hopes to get a picture with Drake for her Instagram, but the Toronto MC is out of town and on tour.
  • The song inspired a dance challenge, sparked by Instagram comedian Shiggy, which is known as the "#InMyFeelingsChallenge." Shortly afterwards NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. posted his own video in which he jumps out of a stationary car to perform the dance. A host of celebrities then took up the viral challenge, including Will Smith Kevin Hart, DJ Khaled and Charlamagne Tha God, Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson. However, some fans decided to riskily up the stakes by jumping out of moving cars.
  • "Feelings" became the Six God's sixth Hot 100 #1 when it replaced the Toronto artist's own "Nice For What" atop the Hot 100. "Nice" had first debuted at the summit 13 weeks earlier, ending the reign of another Drake song "God's Plan." This meant that the OVO rapper became the fourth ever act to swap titles atop the tally twice, joining Justin Bieber, Usher and the Beatles in achieving the feat.
  • The song's music video was shot in New Orleans by Karena Evans, with whom Drake worked with on the videos for "God's Plan," "Nice for What" and "I'm Upset." It begins with the OVO leader trying to win the love of Keke before being chased along by her mom, who is played by The Cosby Show actress Phylicia Rashad. KeKe is portrayed by Lala Anthony, whose character on the show Power is named LaKeshia. Could this be an indication that the Kiki in the first verse is in fact a reference to Drake's first girlfriend from Toronto, Keshia Chante?
  • The video acknowledges the jumping-out-of-a-moving-car dance challenge. We see Drake acting out parts of the famous dance sequence himself, while there is also footage of Shiggy, the man behind the meme, getting jiggy on a bus. DJ Khaled, Odell Beckham Jr and Millie Bobbie Brown are among the other stars we see taking up the challenge. The clip ends with Drake paying tribute to Will Smith's memorable rooftop dance.
  • When the song logged its 10th week at #1 on the Hot 100, it was Drake's 29th week at the top of the listing in 2018. That broke the record of 28 weeks at the summit set by Usher in 2004. Drake's other chart-toppers in 2018 were "God's Plan" (11 weeks) and "Nice For What" (8 weeks).
  • Rolling Stone named this their best song of 2018, calling it "the ultimate summer hit." They added, "As always, Drake gets everybody all up in his feelings, the way only he can."
  • New Orleans musician Samuel Nicholas III – who performs under the alias Sam Skully – alleged that Drake stole a beat from his 2000 track "Roll Call" to use on this song. He also claimed Drake stole another of his beats for "Nice For What."

    Both songs were co-produced by Adam Pigott, aka Blaqnmild. Nicholas said that he became aware of the allegedly uncleared sampling after seeing an interview with the producer, in which he discussed the beats he used for the track.

    Skully reportedly sued Drake plus Asylum Records, Cash Money Records and Republic Records for damages.


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