Bottoms Up (Trey Songz song)

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"Bottoms Up"
Single by Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj
from the album Passion, Pain & Pleasure
Released July 27, 2010
(see release history)
Recorded June 2010
Genre hip hop, R&B
Length 4:02
Label Songbook, Atlantic
Writer(s) Tremaine Neverson, Onika Maraj, Edrick Miles, Chef Tone, Daniel Johnson, R. Kelly
Producer(s) Kane Beatz
Certification 3x Platinum (RIAA)
Trey Songz singles chronology
"Neighbors Know My Name"
(2010)
"Bottoms Up"
(2010)
"Can't Be Friends"
(2010)[1]
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Your Love"
(2010)
"Bottoms Up"
(2010)
"2012 (It Ain't the End)"
(2010)

"Bottoms Up" is a song by American recording artist Trey Songz. It was produced by Kane Beatz, and features American recording artist Nicki Minaj. The song serves as the lead single from his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure. It is his most successful single to date, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

The song was intentionally leaked on July 13, 2010, and to celebrate the release of the song, Songz discussed the song with Minaj on Ustream.[2]

In the webcast, Songz explained how the collaboration came together, stating:

"I'm in L.A. for BET Awards weekend, I'm working on a couple records, and I do this song called 'Red Lipstick,' and then I do 'Bottoms Up' the next day. I hit Nicki and I'm like, 'Man, I've got these two incredible records, I think one of them is gonna be my first single, and I need you to do it. Can you come this weekend? Can you come down?' I stayed a couple extra days and she came through. Two, three days later I got a verse back that was just stupid."[3]

Songz then addressed Minaj directly, stating, "I fell in love with you. When I heard the verse, I was like, 'Oh my shit, I love her. She killed it.'" Minaj also stated that she had been asked several times when she would do a song with Trey Songz, and said when Songz contacted her she said she thought "This is our time". When directing to Songz and also speaking to fans on her verse, the tribute to the late Anna Nicole Smith, and appearing as her alter-ego Roman Zolanski, she said:

"I kept on hitting you like, 'I'mma have it done today.' I think I did live with it for, like, three days because I was changing it up, I couldn't get it. But then, all of a sudden, something just hit me. I was gonna take that part out [the Anna Nicole Smith part] because I was like, 'Trey is gonna think I'm crazy.' Roman is very spastic. Roman is crazy and Roman is weird and Roman doesn't care. ... The person on DJ Khaled's 'All I Do Is Win' remix, that's Nicki, and the person on 'Bottoms Up,' that's Roman."[3]

Composition and critical reception[edit]

"Bottoms Up" features a "bass-thumping" beat.[4] Nicki Minaj appears in the song as her alter-ego, Roman Zolanski and delivering her lines in cartoonish voices and inimitable baby-talk, distorting her voice in parts to sound tipsy.[5][6][7] Minaj also sings breathily and references Anna Nicole Smith, and biblical figures Mary and Joseph.[7][8] Like his previous song, "Say Aah", according to Chris Ryan of MTV Buzzworthy, "is about the joys of enjoying a frosty beverage at the nightclub of your choosing." Ryan also said the song had an R. Kelly vibe to it.[6] Ryan also gave the song a positive review, stating, "Trey Songz, sex inventor. Nicki Minaj, Harajuku Barbie. A duet between the two. It's getting hot in herre."[6] WERQ-FM gave the song a positive review, commending Minaj's cameo.[9] BET Sound Off said, "two of the hottest things in the industry have teamed up for what might be a contender for the hottest joint of the 2010 Summer", commenting, "THIS ish right here is the perfect anthem for happy hour, the end of a hard day at work or even a stressful situation. Maybe it's the pounding kicks that keep my head nodding. Or, maybe its the infectious hook 'Bottoms Up, Bottoms Up.'"[10] Andy Kellman of Allmusic called it "shamelessly mindless".[11] Mariel Concepcion of Billboard gave the song a positive review, praising Minaj's role, stating, Songz' part "fades in to the background" and that "Minaj steals the spotlight with a layered, almost cartoonish 16-bar verse that injects the track with much-needed liveliness and creativity", showing "more personality in 45 seconds than most rappers do in an entire song, balancing an aggressive attitude with her gentler side."[8] The Washington Post '​s Sean Fennessey described the song as "gleeful, kinetic" and viewed that Songz is outperformed by Minaj, writing "[she] supplies a brilliant extended cameo on the song, and as she has on nearly all of her guest appearances this year, changes tempo, tone and persona in thrilling flashes".[12]

"Bottoms Up" is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 82 and is in the key of C minor.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Anthony Mandler[3] and filmed on July 31, 2010.[1] A sneak peek to the music video was released August 16, 2010.[13] The video provides dark, carnival-esque visuals to this club record.

Trey commented on the music video in an interview with MTV stating, “‘Bottoms Up,’ I feel, is a very creative video. [It's] different from the norm, different than what I feel is expected of me and anything I’ve shot for that matter. It’s as if I’m walking through some kind of funhouse, filled with women and different seductive things. The music video premiered on August 17, 2010 on 106 & Park while Songz hosted the show with Rocsi.”[14]

The video premiered on BET's 106 & Park on August 17, 2010.[15] The video features Trey Songz walking around and performing in front of girls who are behind glass walls dancing erotically. Throughout the video Trey sits on chairs and holds bottles of alcohol. Right before Nicki's verse, Trey is seen in a club with the girls that were behind the glass. Nicki performs her verse as her alter-ego Roman,[16] in a corner of a room and as one of the girls behind the glass windows with belts. The entire verse is shown in a spastic movement until the end of her verse where she grabs her breasts and yells at the camera. By the end of the video Trey is shirtless and Nicki flirts promiscuously towards the camera. The video ends with Nicki/Roman blowing a kiss at Trey.

Live performances[edit]

Minaj has performed her verse on her Pink Friday Tour and her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[17] 74
German Black Chart[18] 5
Canadian Hot 100[19] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 11
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[23] 1
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[24] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[25] 34
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[26] 71

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[27] 52
Chart (2011) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[28] 64

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[29] 3× Platinum 3,400,000[30]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States July 27, 2010 Urban airplay
August 10, 2010 Digital download
United Kingdom April 3, 2011[31] CD single, digital download

References[edit]

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