Acapella

Album: FleshTones (2010)
Charted: 5

Songfacts®:

  • This is the lead single from American R&B/hip-Hop singer Kelis' fifth studio album, FleshTones. It is her first new material since 2006's Kelis Was Here. The track was inspired by Kelis' baby son Knight, whom she gave birth to on July 21, 2009.
  • The song was helmed by French DJ and dance producer David Guetta, the man behind The Black Eyed Peas' hit, "I Gotta Feeling." This electro techno groover took the New York born singer-songwriter's hip-hop-driven style in a more electronic/dance direction and the track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club songs chart.
  • The song's music video was shot in Los Angeles with the director team of Chris Cottam and Rankin. It features Kelis as the last woman standing on earth who adopts the tribal way of life. She told Rap-Up.com: "It has a really strong, universal, tribal vibe to it. When I say that, I mean it's no particular tribe; it's a little bit of everything. It's like if the world were to end and there was one woman standing, what would it be like? It's not fashion-oriented at all. Actually, it's the complete opposite." She continued, "I think everything is over-fashioned up that it just becomes uninteresting, and when every artist has access to every designer and vice versa, it's no longer exciting or fun."
  • Kelis told MTV News that the song started as just a Dave Guetta beat she had lying around and a melody she couldn't quite get out of her head. She recalled: "I've known Guetta for a long time just as a DJ in France, just partying in Paris and just being out there. I didn't even know he was doing a record until a friend of mine sent me some beats, and he was like, 'Guetta would love for you to write something for his album.' I just started writing to a bunch of them, and I just heard this beat, and there was no melody to it. It was just a beat. I just had this melody that came to me right away, so I just laid this melody down really quick and just forgot about it and kept moving and doing stuff."
    Kelis added that she listened to the tune constantly in the studio and tried to write something to it. The lyrics eventually came to her. "I knew that I loved it, and I felt really good about it," she said. "It's exciting to see that people feel what you feel. That's always encouraging. But I had no idea that that would happen that quickly like that. I just knew that the song felt really real for me."
  • David Guetta told The Guardian: "I wanted that song on my album, so we had a fight. But we're good now."
  • Kelis divulged to MTV News that because she was pregnant with Knight at the time, the studio process for Flesh Tone was somewhat more cozy than her previous recording sessions. "I recorded it at home and I recorded it, like, literally laying on my couch. It's just the most comfortable way to possibly record an album with, like, snacks next to me," Kelis laughed. "It was awesome."

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