Ice
by Kelly Rowland (featuring Lil Wayne)

Album: single release only (2012)
Charted: 88

Songfacts®:

  • This track was penned by the songwriter/producer Sean Garrett, whose other credits include Usher's "Yeah!," and Chris Brown's "Run It!," as well as "Check On It," which was a hit for Rowland's former Destiny Child colleague Beyoncé. It was originally the lead single from Rowland's fourth studio album, Talk a Good Game, however it did not make the final cut.
  • The song features rapper Lil Wayne, who also appeared on one of Rowland's biggest hits, "Motivation." He provides one of his signature, explicit rhymes. "Take the ice cube (boy you know what)," Wayne spits. "Sitting right below my table. And watch what I do." We assume Weezy's not talking about making a cold drink.
  • Garrett discussed writing a top-selling record with The Miami Herald in a July 2012 interview. He explained: "I think a lot that goes into making hits is at first identifying the people, the culture, what makes people dance, what catches people attention, how to phrase things, how to make people feel real about the songs. Whether it's a dance record or a boy-meets-girl love song. Whatever it is, there has to be a certain amount of integrity in the music that people have to feel connected to. It doesn't have to be serious, but it's a certain type of connection: how you make people feel."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

Gary Louris of The JayhawksSongwriter Interviews

The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.

Grateful Dead Characters

Grateful Dead CharactersMusic Quiz

Many unusual folks appear in Grateful Dead songs. Can you identify them?

History Of Rock

History Of RockSong Writing

An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.

Boz Scaggs

Boz ScaggsSongwriter Interviews

The "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.

La La Brooks of The Crystals

La La Brooks of The CrystalsSong Writing

The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."

Christopher Cross

Christopher CrossSongwriter Interviews

The man who created Yacht Rock with "Sailing" wrote one of his biggest hits while on acid.