Kick, Push

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"Kick, Push"
Single by Lupe Fiasco
from the album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
Released April 18, 2006
Format CD
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 4:15
Label 1st & 15th, Atlantic
Writer(s) Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
Producer(s) Soundtrakk
Lupe Fiasco singles chronology
"Touch the Sky"
(2006)
"Kick, Push"
(2006)
"I Gotcha"
(2006)

"Kick, Push" is the first single released from Lupe Fiasco's debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. The song was written by Lupe Fiasco, and produced by producer Soundtrakk. It describes a love story between a male and a female misfit skateboarders. It has been referred to as "a needle in hip hop's haystack of complacent songs."[1]

Lupe Fiasco has clarified, "...I'm not a skater and I don't want to keep putting on the faces of people who've been skating for 20 years and actually lived out "Kick, Push"."[2]

The song's backing track is built around a sample of the instrumental intro of the 1982 song "Bolero Medley" by Filipina singer Celeste Legaspi.

Awards and accolades[edit]

"Kick, Push" was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2007 for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. It lost the first to T.I.'s "What You Know", and the second to Ludacris' "Money Maker"

It was listed at #15 on Pitchfork Media's The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 list.[3] Kick, Push was also voted #72 on About.com's Top 100 Rap Songs.[4]

Remixes and freestyles[edit]

The official remix of the song features Pharrell, it was included the CD single of his 3rd single, "Daydreamin'".

Drake made his own remix of the song and featured it on his 2006 mixtape Room for Improvement.

Chamillionaire also released a freestyle titled The Greatest on his Mixtape Messiah 4.

Young Buck did a short Remix of the Song on the mixtape RBK Artist Spotlight Vol. 1.

Bassnectar has also released a remix of this song.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD: 1
  1. "Kick, Push"
  2. "Tilted" (non-album track)
  • CD: 2
  1. "Kick, Push"
  2. "Spazz Out" (non-album track)
  3. "Kick, Push" (MyTone ringtone)
  4. "Kick, Push" (Video)
  • 12" Vinyl
  1. "Kick, Push" (album version)
  2. "Kick, Push" (instrumental)
  3. "Kick, Push" (a cappella)
  4. "Titled" (non-album track)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 66
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[6] 27
US Billboard Hot 100 78
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 56

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Lupe Fiasco performed the song on the TV show One Tree Hill (season 4, episode 4).

Kick, Push was featured on the soundtrack of EA Sports NBA Live 07.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adaso, Henry. "Lupe Fiasco - "Kick, Push"". About.com. Retrieved 2006-07-13. 
  2. ^ Lupe Fiasco on Zombies. Zen and the Art Of. Skateboarding, By Quanah Humphries, Intersection Magazine (USA Version), Volume 5, Fall 2006
  3. ^ Pitchfork: The 100 Best Tracks of 2006
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 863 (Week Commencing 18 September 2006)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lupe Fiasco" (select "View Singles" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

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