Pay For It

Album: single release only (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This promotional single features Jay Rock's Black Hippy cohort Kendrick Lamar whilst Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk croons the hook. This wasn't the first time that Kreviazuk, who is married to Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida, has collaborated with a rapper. In 2011 she sung the chorus on Drake's Take Care track, "Over My Dead Body."
  • The song originally landed in Kreviazuk's creative "dumpster," until Jay Rock and his people saved it from the trash heap. Kreviazuk told The Hollywood Reporter: "I don't write [Jay Rock's] thoughts, I write my own. I wrote the hook, I wrote the melody. I wrote the music and then I track it and then they chop it up and then keep going with it. I kind of thought this one was in the dumpster. … I put a lot of things in the dumpster and that one I just let go of completely."

    "Then, one day I heard that they were going to have Kendrick and Jay Rock put a verse on it," she added, "and then I heard they were going to keep me as a feature, which was incredibly humbling and special and really super gracious, and then the next day it was in a Beats commercial."
  • Jay Rock performed the song on the November 15, 2014 episode of Saturday Night Live with Kendrick Lamar and Chantal Kreviazuk.

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