Clique (song)

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"Clique"
Single by Big Sean, Jay-Z and Kanye West
from the album Cruel Summer
Released September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 4:54
Label GOOD, Def Jam
Writer(s) Kanye West, Chauncey Hollis, Sean Anderson, Shawn Carter, James Fauntleroy, Alexander Izquierdo
Producer(s) Hit-Boy, Kanye West (co.), Anthony Kilhoffer (add.), Noah Goldstein (add.)
Certification

2x Platinum (RIAA)

Kanye West singles chronology
"Birthday Song"
(2012)
"Clique"
(2012)
"Black Skinhead"
(2013)
Jay-Z singles chronology
"No Church in the Wild"
(2012)
"Clique"
(2012)
"Suit & Tie"
(2013)
Big Sean singles chronology
"As Long as You Love Me"
(2012)
"Clique"
(2012)
"Burn"
(2012)
GOOD Music singles chronology
"New God Flow"
(2012)
"Clique"
(2012)
Music sample

"Clique" is a song by American rappers Big Sean, Jay-Z and Kanye West. The song serves as the fourth single from the album Cruel Summer (2012), a collaboration between members of West's label GOOD Music. The song's production was handled by Hit-Boy and West. "Clique" was released as a single to the iTunes Store on September 7, 2012. Additional vocals on the song are provided by American R&B singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy II, who performs the song's introduction.

Background[edit]

West debuted the song on his website on September 6, 2012. The same day, DJ Funkmaster Flex gave the song a formal radio premiere on his Hot 97 radio show.[1] It was released as a digital download to the iTunes Store the following day.[2]

The song was produced by Hit-Boy, who was signed to West's label GOOD Music.[1] The song contains vocal samples of American funk musician James Brown's 1974 song "Funky President (People It's Bad)".[3]

Big Sean said in an interview with Tim Westwood that originally, many more A-list rappers were on the song. In the end all the other rappers were cut except Sean, Kanye West and Jay-Z.[citation needed] Jay-Z's guest verse was named the fifth best of 2012 by Complex magazine.[4]

On November 14, 2012 a remix was released featuring rapper T.I..[5]

Complex magazine named the song #15 on their list of the 50 best songs of 2012.[6] The track was ranked at #96 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2012.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[2]
  1. "Clique" – 4:54

Credits and personnel[edit]

The credits for "Clique" are adapted from the iTunes single release.[2]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[2] September 7, 2012 Digital download GOOD Music, The Island Def Jam Music Group

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Makarechi, Kia (September 6, 2012). "'Clique': Kanye West Drops Track With Jay-Z & Big Sean As VMAs Get Ready To Take Off". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Clique – Single by Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Richard. "G.O.O.D Music ft. Big Sean, Kanye West & Jay-Z – Clique – Listen". DJ Booth. The DJ Booth, LLC. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2012/12/2012-year-in-review-the-25-best-guest-verses-of-2012/jay-z-clique
  5. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.22718/title.ti-f-big-sean-jay-z-kanye-west-clique-remix
  6. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2012/12/2012-year-in-review-the-50-best-songs-of-2012/good-music-clique
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique" (in French). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Kanye West. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique". Tracklisten.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-01-19". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2012-09-22" UK R&B Chart.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-01-19" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Kanye West. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  18. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Kanye West. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  19. ^ "Kanye West Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Kanye West. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Kanye West feat. Jay-Z and Big Sean – Clique". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  22. ^ "Rap Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  23. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  24. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — Rap Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013.