Give It 2 U

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This article is about the song by Robin Thicke. For the song by Da Brat, see Give It 2 You. For the song by Jordan Knight, see Give It to You.
"Give It 2 U"
Single by Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar
from the album Blurred Lines
Released August 27, 2013
Genre
Length 3:49
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Robin Thicke singles chronology
"For the Rest of My Life"
(2013)
"Give It 2 U"
(2013)
"Feel Good"
(2013)
Kendrick Lamar singles chronology
"Fragile"
(2013)
"Give It 2 U"
(2013)
"Forbidden Fruit"
(2013)
Music video
"Give It 2 U" on YouTube

"Give It 2 U" is a song by American R&B recording artist Robin Thicke, featuring a guest appearance from American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The song was serviced to US Top 40/Mainstream radio on August 27, 2013 as the third single from Thicke's sixth studio album Blurred Lines (2013). The song was written by Thicke and Lamar alongside will.i.am, and produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. It peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 41 on the ARIA chart in Australia.

The song originally leaked online featuring a verse from American rapper 2 Chainz, after Thicke gave the green light to premiere the song on Shade 45's radio show Sway In The Morning. The song was later dubbed as the remix and is included on the deluxe edition as a bonus track. The Diane Martel-directed music video also includes 2 Chainz's verse. Thicke, Lamar and 2 Chainz all performed the song at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Diane Martel, was premiered on August 23, 2013 on MTV at 7:53 pm EST. It was later uploaded to Thicke's official VEVO account the following day on August 24, 2013.[1] The video is set on a football field and features a cameo by Thicke's son, Julian Fuego, as well as college dance teams from Albany State University and Alabama State University. Several dancers called "Luxury Girls" are shown dressed up like bottles of champagne, rolls of $100 bills and tins of caviar with others holding up Paper Mache models of lobster's, sushi and other luxurious foods. 2 Chainz enters the field leading a parade float labelled the "Ass Float" while Kendrick enters on a miniature car. The video ends with every girl dancing to the song with Robin Thicke.

In popular culture[edit]

Media[edit]

  • The song appears during the party scene in the third episode of season one ("Girl, Interrupted") of The CW television series The Tomorrow People".

Track listing[edit]

2 Track CD Single[2]
No. Title Length
1. "Give It 2 U" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) 3:50
2. "Give It 2 U" (No Rap Version) 2:56
Digital download — U.S. mix[2]
No. Title Length
1. "Give It 2 U" (U.S. mix) (featuring Kendrick Lamar) 3:49
Digital download — remix[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Give It 2 U" (remix) (featuring Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz) 4:17

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals – Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps
  • Lyrics – will.i.am, Robin Thicke, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Walter, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth
  • Producers – Dr. Luke, Cirkut
  • Label – Star Trak Entertainment, Interscope Records

Chart performance[edit]

Illegal chart entered Billboardrhytmic|6

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 41
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 62
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 10
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 2
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 27
France (SNEP)[9] 53
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 36
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 49
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 29
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 25
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 7
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[17] 21
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 13

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
United States August 27, 2013 Top 40/Mainstream radio Star Trak Entertainment, Interscope Records
Italy[19] November 8, 2013 Top 40/Mainstream radio Universal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robin Thicke Throws Sexiest Half-Time Show Ever In 'Give It 2 U' Video | MTV Video Music Awards
  2. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Give It 2 U (feat. Kendrick Lamar) [U.S. Mix] - Single by Robin Thicke
  3. ^ iTunes - Music - Remix (Remix) [feat. Kendrick Lamar & 2 Chainz] - Single by Robin Thicke
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U" (in French). Ultratip.
  8. ^ "Robin Thicke Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Robin Thicke.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ "Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  11. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Robin Thicke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Robin Thicke.
  16. ^ "Robin Thicke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Robin Thicke.
  17. ^ "Robin Thicke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Robin Thicke.
  18. ^ "Robin Thicke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Robin Thicke.
  19. ^ ROBIN THICKE - Give it 2 U (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Universal) | Radio Date 08/11/2013