Can I
by Kehlani (featuring Tory Lanez)

Album: It Was Good Until It Wasn't (2020)
Charted: 50

Songfacts®:

  • "Can I" is a lurid come-on where Kehlani asks Tory Lanez if she can drop in for a booty call. Lanez replies she can stop by anytime, as he considers her his one and only. Both artists then detail the bedroom activities they anticipate.
  • Kehlani interpolates Aaliyah's 2002 posthumous "Come Over" on the chorus. She previously sampled the same song on her 2017 track, "Personal." Other artists that have taken inspiration from "Come Over" include H.E.R., who borrowed from it for 2017's "Your Way," and Trey Songz, who released a tune titled "Come Over" that same year.
  • According to Kehlani, the lyrics came to her quickly and her favorite line is "Sniper gang, no Bradley Cooper."
  • The song is Kehlani's first collaboration with Tory Lanez.
  • Production is courtesy of:

    Andrew "Pop" Wansel, whose other credits include collaborations with pop stars (Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry," Ariana Grande's "Imagine") and rappers (Nicki Minaj's "Your Love" "Right By My Side" and Tory Lanez's "Say It").

    Seattle, Washington hip-hop record producer Jake One (Drake's "Furthest Thing," J. Cole's "Mo Money (Interlude)").

    Daniel Klein and Matt Campfield, who produce under the moniker of Some Randoms. They have worked with Kehlani on several previous occasions, including her songs "Distraction" and "Advice."
  • Directed under Kehlani's creative alias, Hyphy Williams, the video is a celebration of sex workers. Notably absent from the clip is Tory Lanez. Following Lanez's shooting incident, when Megan Thee Stallion was shot in both feet, Kehlani unfollowed the rapper on Instagram.

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