Rich As Fuck

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"Rich As Fuck"
Single by Lil Wayne featuring 2 Chainz
from the album I Am Not a Human Being II
Released April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:40
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
Writer(s) Dwayne Carter, Tauheed Epps, Tyler Williams, Nikhil Seetharam
Producer(s) T-Minus, Nikhil (co.)
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Tapout"
(2013)
"Rich As Fuck"
(2013)
"Ready to Go"
(2013)
2 Chainz singles chronology
"R.I.P."
(2013)
"Rich As Fuck"
(2013)
"We Own It (Fast & Furious)"
(2013)

"Rich As Fuck" (edited for explicit album as "Rich As F**k" and for clean album as "Rich As F***") is a song by American hip hop recording artist Lil Wayne, sent to urban radio on April 9, 2013, as the fourth single from his tenth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II (2013). The song, produced by T-Minus and Nikhil Seetharam, features a guest appearance from fellow rapper 2 Chainz. The song has since peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 11 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Background[edit]

On January 6, 2013, the song "Rich As Fuck," featuring rapper 2 Chainz leaked unmastered and was originally set to be the third single from I Am Not a Human Being II, but "Love Me" was released as a single instead.[1] "Rich As Fuck" was released as the first promotional single from the album along with the pre-order of the album via the iTunes Store.[2] The official version of the song was remastered and the first and second verse were switched around, compared to the leaked version.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Parris in early 2013, and was released on March 22, 2013 on MTV.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

"Rich As Fuck" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. David Jefferies called the song "a winner with an enticing and eerie beat from T-Minus."[5] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone praised Lil Wayne's lyricism on the song and his "nimble musicality of his vocal tone and flow."[6] Dean Van Nguyen of PopMatters said the "creeping funk beat on "Rich As Fuck" inspire Wayne to one of his sharpest flows on the album."[7] Jon Hadusek of Consequence of Sound said the song had an old-school feel, and called the song I Am Not a Human Being's "finest moment."[8] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called 2 Chainz appearance on the song impressive.[9] Brandon Soderberg of Spin also praised 2 Chainz for having a "charismatic presence on the song."[10] Jayson Greene of Pitchfork Media said the Bay Area-influenced clap instrumental of the song work around him, not with him.[11]

Complex ranked "Rich As Fuck" number 18 on their list of the 50 best songs of 2013, saying "The song might not push the limits of art, but when this comes on at the right time, it's the jam, and unlike a lot of the other big hits of the year, it didn't get played out."[12]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States April 9, 2013[19] Urban radio Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lil Wayne – Rich As Fuck (R.A.F) (Feat 2 Chainz)". Lilwaynehq.com. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  2. ^ "I Am Not a Human Being II (Deluxe Edition) by Lil Wayne". iTunes Store. Apple. Archived from the original on 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Lil Wayne Releases Official Version Of “Rich As Fuck” Feat. 2 Chainz, Pre-Order Album On iTunes". Lilwaynehq.com. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Lil Wayne Premieres Priceless 'R.A.F.' Video: Watch Now! - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  5. ^ Review by David Jeffries (2013-03-26). "I Am Not a Human Being II - Lil Wayne". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  6. ^ By Jody Rosen (2013-03-22). "I Am Not a Human Being II | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  7. ^ Van, Dean. "Lil Wayne: I Am Not a Human Being II". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Album Review: Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being II". Consequence of Sound. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  9. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2013-03-24). "Still an Ecstatic Rebel Spirit, but Easing Up on Shock". Nytimes.com. The New York Times company. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  10. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (2013-03-26). "Lil Wayne, 'I Am Not a Human Being II' Review". Spin.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Lil Wayne: I Am Not a Human Being II | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  12. ^ Ahmed, Insanul et al. (2013-12-02). "The Best 50 Songs of 2013". Complex Music. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  13. ^ Lil Wayne feat. 2 Chainz - Rich As F*** (in Dutch). ultratop.be/nl. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  14. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lil Wayne. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  15. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Lil Wayne. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  16. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — Rap Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Lil Wayne – Rich As Fuck". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.