Stay Schemin'

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"Stay Schemin'"
Single by Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana
from the album Rich Forever
Released April 17, 2012[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:28
Label Maybach Music Group, Def Jam
Writer(s) Aubrey Graham, Nasir Jones, Karim Kharbouch, William Leonard Roberts II, Anthony Tucker
Producer(s) The Beat Bully
Rick Ross chronology
"Take It to the Head"
(2012)
"Stay Schemin'"
(2012)
"Lemme See"
(2012)
Drake singles chronology
"Take Care"
(2012)
"Stay Schemin'"
(2012)
"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
(2012)
French Montana chronology
"Shot Caller"
(2012)
"Stay Schemin'"
(2012)
"Pop That"
(2012)

"Stay Schemin'" is a single by American rapper Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana. it was released on his 2012 mixtape Rich Forever. The track was released as a digital download from iTunes on April 17, 2012. The chorus of the song, sung by French Montana, interpolates an unreleased Nas song titled "Day Dreamin, Stay Schemin," which covers the Kurtis Blow song, "Daydreamin'", with new lyrics.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was released on January 6, 2012.[2] The video features Rick Ross cruising through Miami in a Phantom and Maybach alongside Drake and French Montana. Meek Mill and DJ Khaled also make appearances. The video was directed by Spiff TV for Maybach Films.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

"Stay Schemin'" was met with positive reviews. Complex praised "Stay Schemin'" stating, " We've already listed "Stay Schemin'" as the best song of the year, so you already know how we feel about it—but a lot of the song's impact had to do with Drake's incredible verse. In fact it just might be the best he's ever spit." Complex went on to name the song #3 on their list of the best songs of 2012[4] and the guest appearance of Drake the best feature of 2012.[5] XXL named it one of the top five hip hop songs of 2012.[6]

Controversy[edit]

The song is said to be the response to rapper Common after he allegedly dissed Drake on a track titled "Sweet" which was the third single from his album The Dreamer/The Believer. On "Sweet", the lines "Y'all niggas man, y'all soft motherfuckers/Singing all around me man, la la la/ You ain't motherfucking Frank Sinatra/Uh, lil' bitch./Sweet ass motherfucker." are the reason why "Stay Schemin'" is directed at Common. Drake responded to Common on this track by sending subliminal attacks. The most notable perhaps being the line "Back when if a nigga reached it was for the weapon/ Nowadays niggas reach just to sell they record." where Drake essentially says that Common only dissed him to try and sell his album, which was to be released a month after his initial diss.[7] Later, Common's album debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold 69,000 copies in its first week, his lowest first week sales since his 2002 album Electric Circus. Common responded to "Stay Schemin'" with a remix that featured the original verses from Rick Ross and Drake as well as a new verse from Common. Common called out Drake by name on the track, calling him among other things "Canada Dry." Common ended the song with "Say My Name," a song originally sung by Destiny's Child that Drake has sung live previously as a way to coax Drake into using Common's name in his diss tracks. The album artwork released by Common refers to Drake as "That Hoe Ass Nigga."[8]

"Fanute"[edit]

The lyric "from the hoopty coupe to that Ghost, dog" sounds like to some listeners like "fanute the coupe to that Ghost, dog", leading them to ask what is the meaning of the mondegreen word "fanute".[9] The word has become an internet meme, used ironically by various rappers and rap fans.[9]

Remixes[edit]

Many rappers have recorded remixes or freestyles over the instrumental of the song including Common,[10] Joell Ortiz,[11] Joe Budden,[12] Meek Mill,[13] Gunplay,[14] Chamillionaire,[15] LoLa Monroe,[16] Lil Twist,[17] Tyga[18] and ASAP Rocky.[19]

Charts[edit]

The song debuted in the bottom 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 at position 58. In its second week the song dropped to position 80 and fell off the chart the following week.[20]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 58
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 40
US Rap Songs 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stay Schemin' (feat. Drake & French Montana) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rick Ross Ft Drake & French Montana - Stay Scheming (OFFICIAL VIDEO 2012)". Youtube.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rick Ross – Stay Schemin’ ft. Drake & French Montana [Audio/Video]". http://www.hiphopcanada.com/2012/01/rick-ross-stay-schemin-ft-drake-french-montana-audio-video/. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2012/12/2012-year-in-review-the-50-best-songs-of-2012/rick-ross-stay-schemin
  5. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2012/12/2012-year-in-review-the-25-best-guest-verses-of-2012/drake-stay-schemin
  6. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/01/xxl-lists-best-hip-hop-songs-albums-last-40-years-xxl-issue-152/4/
  7. ^ "Is Drake Dissing Common On Rick Ross' "Stay Schemin'"?". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Common Remixes Rick Ross' "Stay Schemin," Disses Drake". Hip-Hop DX. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Staley, Willy (13 July 2012). "Lady Mondegreen and the Miracle of Misheard Song Lyrics". New York Times. p. 48 (Sunday Magazine). Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Common - Stay Schemin(Drake Diss)". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  11. ^ "Joell Ortiz - Stay Schemin Freestyle". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  12. ^ "Joe Budden - Stay Schemin (Freestyle)". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  13. ^ "Meek Mill - Stay Schemin (Freestyle) [Radio Rip]". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  14. ^ "GUNPLAY - STAY SCHEMIN FREESTYLE". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  15. ^ "Chamillionaire - Stay Schemin Freestyle". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  16. ^ "Lola Monroe- Stay Schemin' Freestyle". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  17. ^ "Lil Twist - Stay Schemin [Freestyle] 2012". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  18. ^ "Stay Schemin - Tyga Freestyle". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  19. ^ "ASAP Rocky - Stay Schemin' Freestyle". http://www.youtube.com/. 
  20. ^ "Issue Date: Saturday May 12, 2012". acharts.us. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Week of May 05, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-05-28.