Same Damn Time

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"Same Damn Time"
Single by Future
from the album Pluto
Released March 24, 2012
Format Digital Download
Recorded 2011
11th Street Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:33
Label A1, Freebandz, Epic
Writer(s) Nayvadius Wilburn, Sonny Uwaezuoke
Producer(s) Sonny Digital
Future singles chronology
"Magic"
(2012)
"Same Damn Time"
(2012)
"Turn On the Lights"
(2012)

"Same Damn Time" is a song recorded by American rapper Future, and produced by his frequent collaborator Sonny Digital. It was released on March 24, 2012, as the fourth single from Future's debut studio album Pluto. Following its release, the song peaked at number 92 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was well received by music critics, and its title became a common phrase in music journalism, used to describe Future's work, as well as a number of other music-related topics.

Background and release[edit]

"Same Damn Time" was originally recorded in 2011 and appeared on Future's mixtape Streetz Calling. The song was later re-mastered, including a slightly different instrumental, and released as a single from Pluto on March 24, 2012.[1]

Music video[edit]

The official music video, directed by Dr. Teeth, was released on April 6, 2012. It features cameo appearances from DJ Drama, Waka Flocka Flame and Trae tha Truth. The video premiered on BET's show 106 & Park.[2] The video was shot in Future's hometown Atlanta and was inspired by the hood. In an interview with MTV, Future claimed it was "more like a movie".[3] Atlantic Records A&R DJ Drama, commented during the video shoot that "It's crazy in the streets, it's crazy in the club, Future seems to be kind of flawless right now."[3] As of July 2014, the video's explicit and clean versions have combined over 11.8 million views on YouTube.[4][5]

Remixes[edit]

"Same Damn Time" had two official remixes. The first, featuring rappers Diddy and Ludacris, was included on the re-release of Pluto, titled Pluto 3D. In an interview with XXL, Future commented on having Diddy perform on the remix: "Diddy brought that high energy, legendary status to the record. He used his own approach. He had something in his chest that I felt like he wanted to say and he let it all out.[6] Another remix of the song had guest verses from Maybach Music Group's Rick Ross, Wale, Gunplay and Meek Mill.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Eric Diep of Complex called the song "easily one of the hottest records in the clubs" and the "very best" among Future's "underground hits".[2] David Drake, writing for The Fader, stated that it is "one of Future's biggest anthems."[7] Jeremy Gordon of Vice commented that the song has become "a true sign of linguistic influence" and noted that its title has been used by many critics to describe Future's work in general.[8] Jon Caramanica of New York Times used the song as a reference to show Future's musical style, calling him "a blustery hero and a bleeding cyborg—at the same damn time."[9] LA Weekly also referred to the song, describing Future as "the father of Chaos and the son of Chaos at the same damn time."[10] Andrew Unterberger of Popdust praised the song for having "one of the hip-hop hooks of the decade" and also commented that its remix with Diddy and Ludacris "takes it to the next level".[11]

Accolades[edit]

SPIN placed the song at number 27 on their list of "40 Best Songs of 2012" with author Rob Harvilla enthusiastically writing: "It's infectious! It's repellant! At the same! Damn! Time! People love it! People hate it! At the same! Damn! Time! He's a mumbler! He's a shouter! At the same! Damn! Time! What a genius! What a doofus! At the same! Damn! Time!"[12] Popdust included the song among the ten-song extension of their "Top 100 songs of the year" list.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 92
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases | R&B Song and Hip-Hop Music Release Dates |". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 2013-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b Diep, Eric. "Video: Future "Same Damn Time"". Complex. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Krishnamurty, Sowmya. "Future Returns To Atlanta For ‘Same Damn Time’ Video". MTV. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Future - Same Damn Time". Future VEVO via YouTube. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Future - Same Damn Time (explicit)". Future VEVO via YouTube. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Lelinwalla, Mark. "Future Talks Diddy’s Verse on “Same Damn Time” Remix". XXL. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Drake, David. "Future f. Rick Ross, Wale, Gunplay and Meek Mill, “Same Damn Time (Remix)”". The Fader. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Gordon, Jeremy. "The Year In "Same Damn Time" Music Journalism References". Vice. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Caramanica, Jon. "Bright Colors, Grown-Up Concerns, and Bruises". New York Times. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Serrano, Shea. "Future's "Turn On The Lights": Why This Song Is Amazing". LA Weekly. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Unterberger, Andrew. "The Popdust Weekend Playlist: The Snubs From Our Top 100 Lists". Popdust. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Harvilla, Rob. "SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2012". Spin. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Future Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Future.
  14. ^ "Future Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Future.