The Take
by Tory Lanez (featuring Chris Brown)

Album: Chixtape 5 (2019)
Charted: 66


  • Tory Lanez recorded "The Take" for Chixtape 5, an album where every track contains a sample of a 2000s-era R&B hit. Each time it includes the original artist featured on the song. This sultry tune samples Chris Brown's 2007 loverman jam "Take You Down."
  • This banger incorporates the same message as Chris Brown's original; both artists want some bedroom action with a lady.
  • The two artists are frequent collaborators; this is Lanez's third hookup in 2019 with Brown following his features on the Indigo tracks "Lurkin'" and "Tell Me How You Feel."
  • Lanez admitted to Apple Music that he was initially unsure if "The Take" would make it onto Chixtape 5. "You've got to remember how people feel about 'Take You Down' and how much of a lovemaking classic it is," he explained. "I wanted to make sure that I did something that was a little bit different, come with a different flow. I feel like the production on the second half is probably my favorite thing about the song."
  • The song experienced a resurgence in March 2020, thanks to a viral TikTok of Lanez's performance of his sexually explicit verse.


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