HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)

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"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
Single by Drake featuring Lil Wayne
from the album Take Care
Released April 24, 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:27
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
Writer(s) Aubrey Graham, Dwayne Carter, Cedric Carter, Anthony Palman, K Samir, Noah Shebib, Tyler Williams
Producer(s) T-Minus
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Drake singles chronology
"Stay Schemin'"
(2012)
"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
(2012)
"No Lie"
(2012)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Take It to the Head"
(2012)
"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
(2012)
"I Can Only Imagine"
(2012)
Music video
"HYFR" on YouTube

"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)", also known as just "HYFR", is a song by Canadian recording artist Drake from his second studio album Take Care (2011). The song features Lil Wayne and was released as the album's sixth official single. It officially impacted rhythmic top 40 radio stations on April 24, 2012. The song was nominated for the 55th Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Director X, produced by Michelle Larkin, was filmed on March 21, 2012 in Miami's Temple Israel, and at a local school and daycare center.[1][2][3] It was released on April 6, 2012 along with the music video for "Take Care".[4] The video portrays Drake having a Bar Mitzvah. Lil Wayne makes an appearance to deliver his verse, and Birdman, DJ Khaled, Trey Songz, Mack Maine, T-Minus, and Noah "40" Shebib make cameo appearances as guests during the re-Bar Mitzvah and the reception. It won Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and Video of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard commented on the track by saying "With a bit of "Swanging and Banging," T-Minus delivers a rock-influenced platform for teacher and student to squash questions with an acronym."[5] Rolling Stone described the song by saying "Drake opens the track with a whiplash verse or two before passing the mic for a Weezy showcase: he rhymes "hold her" and "closure" and raps "a met a female dragon had a fire conversation." Apparently, the phrase "hell yeah fuckin' right" is something they yell at journalists who ask questions like "how high they are?" and "do you they think the people around you are really your friend." In their defense, those are terrible questions. I would ask Weezy about the NBA lockout and ask Drake where the best place is to buy an obscenely overpriced candelabra."[6] Popdust gave the album a positive review and commented on the track by saying "“Hell yeah / Hell yeah, hell yeah / Fuckin’ right / Fuckin’ right, all right” is gonna make for one hell of a chorus sing along on future I Am Still Music tour installments, and the T-Minus (of “She Will” and “I’m On One” fame) beat is appropriately hands-in-the-air for such a statement."[7]

The song was announced to be nominated for the 55th Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 92 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 following the release of Take Care. The song re-entered the Hot 100 chart at number 100 and gradually ascended the chart to eventually peak at position 62. The song remained on the chart for a total of 20 weeks.[9]

Credits and personnel[edit]

The credits for "HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)" are adapted from the liner notes of Take Care.[10]

Recording
Personnel
Samples
  • Contains elements of "Swanging and Banging", as performed by E.S.G. and written by Cedric Hill.

Charts and certifications[edit]


Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
United States RIAA Gold[16]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States April 24, 2012[17][18] Rhythmic radio
Urban radio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drake and Rihanna's "Take Care" Video Is Set To Premiere This Friday". Complex. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "IN PRODUCTION: Drake - Director X, dir.". Video Static. March 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Karen Burkett (March 22, 2011). "Drake spotted at Temple Israel in Miami shooting music video". www.miami.com. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Drake ~ HYFR Feat. Lil Wayne". October's Very Own. April 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Drake, 'Take Care': Track-by-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Drake's 'Take Care': A Track-By-Track Breakdown". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Drake’s “Take Care” Reviewed: “HYFR (Hell Ya F***in’ Right)”". Popdust. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grammys 2013: Complete list of nominees - latimes.com". Los Angeles Times. December 5, 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Drake and Lil Wayne - HYFR (Hell Yeah F*****g Right)". acharts.us. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ Take Care (liner notes). Drake. Universal Republic Records. 2011. 00602527832623. 
  11. ^ "Drake Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Drake. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  12. ^ "Drake Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Drake. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  13. ^ "Drake Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Drake. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  15. ^ "Rap Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  16. ^ "Drake - Gold & Platinum Certifications". RIAA. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Radio Adds (April 24, 2012)". allaccess.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Urban Radio Adds (April 24, 2012)". allaccess.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012.