Lil Freak

Album: Raymond v. Raymond (2010)
Charted: 40

Songfacts®:

  • This sexy fantasy romp featuring Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj is the second official single in the US from R&B singer-songwriter Usher's sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond. The song has raised some eyebrows with its lyrical content based around the thrill of finding threesomes in a club.
  • Polow Da Don, who produced the track, told MTV News: "Usher's in that same vibe he was in when he was 23, 24 years old - with more knowledge. We're out kicking it, having fun... bringing that energy back to the game, where you just see stars messing with other stars, making it exciting for the people. That's really where he's at. He's like, 'C'mon, Polow.' He'll hit me up like, 'What are you doing? Let's go out and kick it.'"
  • This party jam's hook is based around a sample of Stevie Wonder's 1973 hit, "Living For The City."
  • Nicki Minaj also appears in the song's music video. She told MTV News: "The video is freaky. And it's a great concept, a great story line. It felt just like one of the sequels to Saw. It was dope."
  • When MTV News asked Usher if the lyrics about getting girls to bring him other females to engage in group sex was based on real life, he replied in the affirmative. "Yeah," he said. "I mean, I wrote about it. It happens in this day and time. Those are the best chicks to be friends with, honestly."
  • Minaj's rap on this track added to the speculation in the press that she is bisexual. She told Complex Magazine concerning the rumors: "When I rap, it's just an extension of how I speak, and that's how I talk. If you don't like it, don't listen. I'm also not going to explain something just because I said it in a rap. Take what you want from it. [In the press] I didn't say [I don't like women]. I said I don't have sex with women. I don't have sex with men right now either. If [bisexual is] what they wanna call me, then fine."

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