Words I Never Said

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"Words I Never Said"
Single by Lupe Fiasco featuring Skylar Grey
from the album Lasers
Released February 8, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Political hip hop, conscious hip hop
Length 4:21
Label 1st & 15th, Atlantic
Writer(s) Wasalu Jaco, Holly Hafermann, Alexander Grant
Producer(s) Alex da Kid
Lupe Fiasco singles chronology
"The Show Goes On"
(2010)
"Words I Never Said"
(2011)
"Out of My Head"
(2011)
Skylar Grey singles chronology
"I Need a Doctor"
(2011)
"Words I Never Said"
(2011)
"Dance Without You"
(2011)

"Words I Never Said" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Lupe Fiasco, produced by Alex da Kid. It features singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. The song, released February 8, 2011, serves as the second single from his third studio album Lasers.[1] "Words I Never Said" contains references to controversial political and socioeconomic topics, including the September 11 attacks, government fiscal policy, and the occupation of Gaza.[2] The song's message of standing up for the people and being against the government has been used as a theme song for Internet group Anonymous. The song, (which was one of the last written for the record) can also be intrepreted as a thinly disguised message aimed at Atlantic Record producer, who in Lupe's opinion forced a lot of material on his Lasers album that did not sit right with him.[3] It was named the 41st best song of 2011 by XXL magazine.[4]

Background[edit]

A teaser video was uploaded on YouTube on January 18, 2011 featuring only samples of lyrics and audio from the song. 'Words I Never Said' officially premiered on Lupe Fiasco's website on February 1, 2011 along with its single cover. When the full audio was released, #wordsineversaid was a trending topic on Twitter.[5] It became available to stores and iTunes on February 8, 2011.[6] On February 18, 2011, in an interview with DJ Semtex on BBC 1Xtra, Lupe revealed that the record was given to him by Atlantic, but he cut out a bridge sung by Skylar Grey who meant for it to be a song about relationships.[7] This is the second time they have been featured on a track together, the first being "Be Somebody" from Fort Minor's The Rising Tied with Grey performing under the name Holly Brook. Originally the record company gave him the beat and the hook as a song about relationships.

Music video[edit]

On April 29, 2011, the official music video for "Words I Never Said" was premiered by MTV and later onto YouTube. It was directed by Sanaa Hamri, who was previously directing Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass".

Use in popular media[edit]

British rapper Lowkey sampled the lyric "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit" from the first verse of "Words I Never Said" for his song "Obama Nation (Pt. 2)" featuring M-1 and Black the Ripper, track 22 off Lowkey's second studio album Soundtrack to the Struggle (2011).

Chart performance[edit]

On the week of February 26, 2011, "Words I Never Said" debuted at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 89

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon Mp3. "Words I Never Said: Lupe Fiasco: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  2. ^ MTV News. "Lupe Fiasco Gets Political On 'Words I Never Said'". mtv.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  3. ^ Angus Batey (March 3, 2011). "Lupe Fiasco: 'I have the right to speak out' | Angus Batey | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Twitter / Lupe Fiasco: thank you lasers for trend". Twitter.com. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  6. ^ iTunes Store. "Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Grey) - Single". iTunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Hip Hop with Semtex, Lupe Fiasco, and Sway Freestyle". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Lupe Fiasco Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lupe Fiasco.

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