Fancy (Drake song)

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"Fancy"
Single by Drake featuring T.I. and Swizz Beatz
from the album Thank Me Later
A-side "Best I Ever Had"
Released August 3, 2010 (US)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:19 (Album Version)
4:08 (Radio Edit)
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown
Writer(s) Aubrey Graham, Noah Shebib, Matthew Samuels, Kasseem Dean, Aubry Johnson, Henry Zant, Clifford Harris, Mary J. Blige
Producer(s) Swizz Beatz, 40
Drake singles chronology
"Miss Me"
(2010)
"Fancy"
(2010)
"Right Above It"
(2010)
T.I. chronology
"Make Up Bag"
(2010)
"Fancy"
(2010)
"Get Back Up"
(2010)
Swizz Beatz chronology
"On to the Next One"
(2009)
"Fancy"
(2010)
"Gucci Time"
(2010)

"Fancy" is a song by Canadian recording artist Drake, from his debut album Thank Me Later. The song features vocals from American rappers T.I. and Swizz Beatz, the latter of whom also co-produced the track alongside Noah "40" Shebib. The song was released to US radio stations on August 3, 2010 as the album's fourth official single, however promotion of the track ended earlier than expected due to Drake's uncertainty towards the song's planned music video and promotion.[1]

The song contains a sample of "I Don't Want to Play Around" by Ace Spectrum.[2] The original version that had leaked features the chorus sung by Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz, while Swizz Beatz raps the first verse and the last two are sung by Blige. It was intended to be on Mary J. Blige's album Stronger with Each Tear, but missed the deadline and was later given to Drake. Blige's vocals were kept on Drake's version as a backing vocal, though formally uncredited.[3][4]

The track received a nomination for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for the song on July 16, 2010.[6] It was directed by Anthony Mandler. The video, however, was never released. In late September 2010, Drake told MTV that the reason why the video has not yet premiered is because he's debating whether to reshoot the video for "Fancy" or commission a clip for his next single, "Show Me a Good Time", he stated: "We shot 'Fancy,' and to be honest with you, it was done and I watched it and I just had a way better idea, and that's why the video hasn't come out yet. And to follow up 'Find Your Love' and 'Miss Me,' I really wanted to do something different, conceptually, and so I had this amazing idea and now I'm debating whether I should reshoot it or go straight to Show Me a Good Time".[7]

Live performances[edit]

Drake and Swizz Beatz performed the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2010. Mary J. Blige performed alongside them in place of T.I., who was unable to attend; she sang a verse from the original leaked version, in addition to the chorus. On New Year’s Eve 2011 on ABC, Drake performed a new version of his “Fancy” track on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. The record still has Swizz Beatz. The new verse was ultimately used on "Over My Dead Body", the opening track from his sophomore effort Take Care

Remix[edit]

Following the performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, the song was re-purposed as a remix using one of the verses and additional ad-libs from Blige's original version in place of T.I.'s verse. This version also features part of the first verse of the original Ace Spectrum song preceding the first chorus, as well as some minor alterations to the music in the bridge.

Chart performance[edit]

"Fancy" debuted the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 99, the week following the album's release, due to it gaining strong digital sales. The song peaked at number 25. It reached its peak at 4 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and 1 on the US Rap Songs chart.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position[8]
US Billboard Hot 100 25
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4
US Billboard Rap Songs 1
Canadian Hot 100 54

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