Show Me (Kid Ink song)

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"Show Me"
Single by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown
from the album My Own Lane
Released September 17, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 3:39
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) DJ Mustard
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Kid Ink singles chronology
"Money and the Power"
(2013)
"Show Me"
(2013)
"Iz U Down"
(2013)
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Sweet Serenade"
(2013)
"Show Me"
(2013)
"Loyal"
(2013)

"Show Me" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kid Ink. The song was released on September 17, 2013 by Tha Alumni Music Group, 88 Classic and RCA Records as the lead single from his second studio album, My Own Lane (2014). The song, produced by DJ Mustard and Mike Free, features a hook by American singer Chris Brown. The song has since peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 23 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background and composition[edit]

On September 4, 2013, Kid Ink appeared on Los Angeles' Power 106 to announce his major label debut studio album would be titled, My Own Lane, and premiered the first single titled "Show Me".[1] It was also revealed the song would be released for digital download on September 17, 2013.[2]

The song features a hook and bridge recorded by RCA label-mate Chris Brown, production by DJ Mustard, along with containing an interpolation of Robin S.'s 1993 hit "Show Me Love".[3][4][5] The songs production features a bubbling trap instrumental with a slight R&B vibe, along with a booming beat and clapping snares that was described as being tailor-made for the clubs and radio alike.[6][7]

Recording[edit]

Kid Ink recorded his lyrics over the DJ Mustard production, a while before he got it to Chris Brown. The song's original refrain was performed by West Coast singer TeeFlii, who also wrote the song's chorus.[8] Ink said, "I know before he had the record that it had a lot of single potential, but it just wasn’t where it needed to be. When we linked up with Chris Brown, we played him the record and he kind of understood that. He put that extra... what the record needed to come to life."[9]

The recording session took place from 8PM to 9AM the next morning, where Chris Brown and Kid Ink also recorded four other songs, one which ended up on Chris Brown's X Files mixtape. However, Ink said that none of the other songs would be featured on his debut album.[9] However, their collaboration "Main Chick" would appear on My Own Lane nevertheless.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

"Show Me" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. David Jeffries of AllMusic called it a light, airy and attractive track.[11] Sheldon Pearce writing for XXL called it a clubby infectious hit.[12] Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX said, "His two collaborations with Chris Brown, "Show Me" and "Main Chick," display early and often Ink’s penchant for tailoring melodies for the masses."[13] Brent Faulkner of Starpulse praised Brown's contributions to the song and called it one of the album's best songs.[14] AJ of Uproxx's SmokingSection called it one of the album's standout songs.[15] Grant Jones of RapReviews praised the song's production and called it one of the album's best songs.[16] In February 2014, Complex named it the third best song that DJ Mustard had produced.[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

On the week ending October 5, 2013, the song debuted at number 82 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[18] In its tenth week on the US Billboard Hot 100, "Show Me" jumped from number 31 to number 21.[19] By its twelfth week on the chart, the song had reached number 19.[20] That same week, the song peaked at number one of the US Billboard Rhythmic chart.[21] By its twentieth week the song reached a peak of number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[22] As of December 2014, the song has sold 1,160,000 copies in the United States.[23]

Live performances[edit]

On January 7, 2014, Kid Ink made his late-night television debut performing "Show Me" on Conan with the song's producer DJ Mustard and singer Eric Bellinger replacing Chris Brown.[24][25] On January 14, 2014, Kid Ink performed "Show Me" again with Bellinger on DJ Skee's SKEE Live.[26] Ink performed the song solo at Power 106's Yesi Ortiz's birthday event at The Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California.[27] Then in early April 2014, Ink performed the song, along with "Main Chick" during MtvU's Spring Break 2014.[28]

Music video[edit]

On November 7, 2013, the behind the scenes video was released for the music video.[29] On November 12, 2013, the Chris Brown-directed music video was premiered on MTV.[30][31] The video features cameo appearances from Nyjah Huston, Terry Kennedy, Fuzzy and Stevie Williams.[29] As of November 2, 2014, the music video had over 101 million views on YouTube.[32]

Remix[edit]

On February 13, 2014, the official remix of "Show Me" was released, featuring Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Juicy J and 2 Chainz.[33]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[34] 46
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[35] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[36] 18
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[37] 46
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[38] 67
Denmark (Tracklisten)[39] 33
France (SNEP)[40] 58
Germany (Media Control Charts)[41] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[42] 84
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[43] 40
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[44] 53
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[45] 32
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[46] 23
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[47] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[48] 13
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[49] 4
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[50] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[51] 21
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[52] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[48] 43


Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[53] 2× Platinumdagger 1,160,000[23]

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

dagger Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[54]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States September 17, 2013 Digital download
October 15, 2013[55] Rhythmic contemporary radio
October 21, 2013[56] Mainstream urban radio
November 12, 2013[57] Urban contemporary radio
United Kingdom November 18, 2013[58]
United States January 21, 2014[59] Contemporary hit radio

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