Bad (Wale song)

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"Bad"
Single by Wale featuring Tiara Thomas
from the album The Gifted
Released February 5, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:18
Label Maybach Music Group, Atlantic
Writer(s) Olubowale Akintimehin, Tiara Thomas
Producer(s) Kelson Camp, Tiara Thomas
Wale singles chronology
"Bad Ass"
(2013)
"Bad"
(2013)
"LoveHate Thing"
(2013)
Tiara Thomas singles chronology
"Bad"
(2013)

"Bad" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Wale. It was released on February 5, 2013, as the first single from his third studio album The Gifted (2013). The song, produced by Kelson Camp, features a guest appearance from Tiara Thomas.[1] "Bad" has so far peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Wale's second top 40 entry after "Lotus Flower Bomb", and becoming his highest-charting single as a lead artist. It also became Thomas' first top 40 entry.

Background[edit]

The song was originally released on December 24, 2012, as track 6 on Wale's mixtape Folarin, but would later appear on his album The Gifted.[2][3]

Music video[edit]

Wale spoke about concept of the video in an interview saying, "It was an amazing experience because it felt like a real movie, The concept of the video is about a girl. She’s trying to find herself by means of intimacy. She hasn’t really discovered what she wants out of love or lust. It’s almost a true story about some of the girls I’ve been with or courted."It featues a cameo from Rick Ross.[4] The music video was directed by Alexandre Moors and premiered on March 20, 2013, on 106 & Park.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Digital single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Bad" (featuring Tiara Thomas) Olubowale Akintimehin, Tiara Thomas, Kelson Camp Kelson Camp, Tiara Thomas 4:18

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States February 5, 2013[1] Digital download Maybach Music Group, Atlantic

Remix[edit]

"Bad (Remix)"
Single by Wale featuring Rihanna
from the album The Gifted
Released June 3, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 3:58
Label
Producer(s) MexManny
Wale singles chronology
"LoveHate Thing"
(2013)
"Bad (Remix)"
(2013)
"Bounce It"
(2013)
Rihanna singles chronology
"Right Now"
(2013)
"Bad (Remix)"
(2013)
"What Now"
(2013)

"Bad" was officially remixed with the inclusion of guest vocals of Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The song was digitally released via the iTunes Store on June 3, 2013. It also appeared on Wale's third studio album, The Gifted.[6] On May 10, 2013, R&B singer Rihanna posted a photo of herself and Wale working in a studio via Instagram.[7] It was later confirmed that the pair had recorded a remix of the single.

Composition[edit]

Rihanna lent her vocals for the remix of "Bad".

As noted by MTV, the remix starts with moody synth keys before the familiar "bed springs" squeak, which appeared in the original track, lead to the infidelity-laced hook. Wale and Rihanna also trade rap bars: "Bad girls ain't no good and the good girls ain't no fun," he spits before she answers: "And the bad girls want a real nigga." Rihanna tweaks Tiara Thomas' original section into her own, adding a "touch of her seductive island accent". "Is it bad that, I never made love. I never did it, but I sure know how to fuck," she sings tragically.[8] Wale and Rihanna play off one another on the track and voice their inner turmoil involving the opposite sex. Rihanna sings (also later raps) in response to Wale’s laments about a difficult relationship and praises of hot sex on the "bed, floor, couch, more."[9] It uses a whole new instrumental track that refers to Rihanna's song "Loveeeeeee Song". Rihanna raps with Wale with similar lyrics to the original song.

Critical reception[edit]

Rob Markman of MTV gave the remix a positive review saying, "These days, most rap remixes usually consists of a loose collection of MCs collaborating over pre-existing instrumentals, but for the remix to his hit single 'Bad', Wale had the good sense to do something different. Instead of rounding up a predictable cast of rap characters, Folarin retooled the beat and then added to Rihanna to the remix."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital single[10]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Bad (Remix)" (featuring Rihanna) Olubowale Akintimehin, Tiara Thomas MexManny 3:58

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States June 3, 2013[10] Digital download Maybach Music Group, Atlantic

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas) - Single by Wale". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ "New Music: Wale – ‘Folarin’ (Mixtape)". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. December 24, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wale Announces New Album ‘The Gifted’". Rap-Up.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Video: Wale f/ Tiara Thomas – ‘Bad’". Rap-Up.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Watch Wale's New Videos for "Bad" featuring Tiara Thomas, and "The Show" featuring Rick Ross and Aaron Wess". Complex. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  6. ^ Wete, Brad (23 May 2013). "Wale Previews 'The Gifted' Album In NYC: First Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Photo by badgalriri • Instagram". Instagram.com. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  8. ^ a b "Wale And Rihanna Make Good On 'Bad' Remix". MTV. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Wale Releases Rihanna-Assisted 'Bad' Remix: Listen". Billboard. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Bad (Remix) [feat. Rihanna] - Single by Wale". Itunes.apple.com. 1984-11-21. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas – Bad" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart.
  14. ^ "Wale Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Wale.
  15. ^ "Wale Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Wale.
  16. ^ "Best of 2013 - Hot 100 Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  18. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — Rap Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Wale – Bad". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH