Shakin' It 4 Daddy

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"Shakin' It 4 Daddy"
Single by Robin Thicke featuring Nicki Minaj
from the album Sex Therapy: The Session
Released February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08)
Format Digital download
Recorded Thom Thom Studios
Genre Club
Length 3:52
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Polow da Don
Robin Thicke singles chronology
"It's in the Mornin'"
(2010)
"Shakin' It 4 Daddy"
(2011)
"Love After War"
(2011)

"Shakin' It 4 Daddy" (sometime rendered as "Shakin' It for Daddy") is a song recorded by American singer Robin Thicke for his fourth studio album, Sex Therapy: The Session (2009). It features rap verses by hip hop artist Nicki Minaj. The song was written by Thicke, Jamal Jones, Ester Dean and Minaj, while production was handled by Jones under his stage name Polow da Don.

Background and production[edit]

Nicki Minaj provided rap verses on "Shakin' It 4 Daddy"

"Shakin' It 4 Daddy" was written by Robin Thicke, Jamal Jones, Ester Dean and Nicki Minaj, while the production was done by Jones under his stage name Polow da Don.[1] American rapper Jay-Z recommended Minaj to be a featured artist on Thicke's song on which she eagerly accepted, "[I] cannot put into words how I felt when he told me that.[2] [Robin] was like, 'By the way, let me tell you this great story.'"[2] In an interview with MTV News, Thicke also explained how the collaboration happened, "We were in the studio and I played him [Jay-Z] the whole album. He was like, 'You should get Nicki Minaj on that. She's got that voice. She's got that swag.'"[2] They immediately called her when she accepted to provide her vocals on the song. Thicke further commented on Minaj, "I can't wait to do a video with Nicki. There's a power in her. It's not just that she's sexy and that's the only way she can get you to like her. She's got charm – not just sex. Some women may use sex to get what they want; others have charm. She's got charm."[2] Jeremy Stevenson served as a recording engineer of "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" and recorded it at Thom Thom Studios. Minaj appears as courtesy of Young Money, Cash Money Records and Universal Motown Records.[1]

Although the song was originally planned to be released as a single in the United States, the release was later cancelled for unknown reasons.[3] A promotional CD single was released in the US in 2009 and featured the dirty version, clean version, and the instrumental of the song.[4] A digital remix by Manon Dave was released on February 8, 2011 via 7digital store, in several countries worldwide including Australia,[5] Canada,[6] France,[7] Germany,[8] Spain,[9] the United Kingdom[10] and the United States.[11]

Composition[edit]

"Shakin' It 4 Daddy" is a club song with a duration of three minutes and fifty-two seconds.[5][12] A reviewer of MuchMusic described the song as "R. Kelly-meets-Usher party record that is Thicke's Southern-style hip-hop homage to the strip club and nightclub generation."[13] In "Shakin' It 4 Daddy", Thicke sings about a "booty-shakin' mami".[14]

Critical response[edit]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic called the song "humorously awkward". He explained that its "oft-repeated hook" ("She shakin’ it for daddy, she shakin’ it for me") could make some listeners "think of Thicke and his father instead of just Thicke".[15] According to Kyle Jarmon of Parlé Magazine, Thicke and Minaj work well together in the song.[16] Mark Edward Nero of About.com cited "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" as the only "real failure" of Sex Therapy, declaring the song to be out-of-character for Thicke, as it sounds more like a song that Justin Timberlake may have recorded.[14] Writing for PopMatters, Tyler Lewis declared that "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" contains "pretty standard Polow da Don production", but that it succeeds in "rendering all the lyrics meaningless". He concluded that "it's the rhythm of the language that you respond to", not its lyrics.[17] August Brown of the Los Angeles Times declared "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" to be déclassé by Thicke's standards.[12]

Live performances[edit]

Thicke and Minaj performed the song numerous times, including on BET's 106 & Park in December 2009 and on the Late Show with David Letterman in February 2010.

Track listings[edit]

  • Promotional CD single[4]
  1. "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" (Dirty Version) – 2:52
  2. "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" (Clean Version) – 2:52
  3. "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" (Instrumental) – 2:52
  • Digital download (remix)[5]
  1. "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" (Manon Dave Remix) – 4:00

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sex Therapy.[1]

Locations
  • Vocals recorded at Thom Thom Studios
Personnel
  • Robin Thicke – vocals, songwriter
  • Nicki Minaj – vocals, songwriter
  • Ester Dean – songwriter
  • Polow da Don – songwriter, producer
  • Jeremy Stevenson – recording engineer

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[5] February 8, 2011 Digital download (remix) Interscope
Canada[6]
France[7]
Germany[8]
Spain[9]
United Kingdom[10]
United States[11] Star Trak

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sex Therapy (booklet). Robin Thicke. Interscope Records, Star Trak Entertainment. 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reid, Shaheeem (February 5, 2010). "Nicki Minaj Gets 'Stamp Of Approval' From Jay-Z". MTV News. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Robin Thicke on Nicki Minaj: ‘She’s Gonna Have a Very Long Career’". Rap-Up. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" (promo single liner notes). Robin Thicke feat. Nicki Minaj. Star Trak Entertainment, Interscope Records. 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Shakin' It 4 Daddy (Manon Dave Remix) by Robin Thicke". 7digital (AU). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Shakin' It 4 Daddy (Manon Dave Remix) by Robin Thicke". 7digital (CA). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Shakin' It 4 Daddy (Manon Dave Remix) by Robin Thicke" (in French). 7digital (FR). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Shakin' It 4 Daddy (Manon Dave Remix) by Robin Thicke" (in German). 7digital (DE). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Shakin' It 4 Daddy (Manon Dave Remix) by Robin Thicke" (in Spanish). 7digital (ES). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Shakin' It 4 Daddy (Manon Dave Remix) by Robin Thicke". 7digital (UK). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Shakin' It 4 Daddy (Manon Dave Remix) by Robin Thicke". 7digital (US). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Brown, August (December 14, 2009). "Album review: Robin Thicke's 'Sex Therapy: The Session'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Who is Robin Thicke". MuchMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b http://randb.about.com/od/reviews/fr/RThickeSexTherapy.htm
  15. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/sex-therapy-mw0001779522
  16. ^ Jarmon, Kyle. "SEX THERAPY...ROBIN THICKE ALBUM REVIEW". Parlé Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/120037-robin-thicke-sex-therapy