ABCs (song)

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Knaan feat Chubb Rock-ABCs.jpg
Single by K'naan featuring Chubb Rock
from the album Troubadour
Released November 18, 2008
Format Digital download, airplay
Recorded 2008
Genre Canadian Hip Hop, afrobeat
Length 3:10
Label A&M/Octone Records
Writer(s) Gerald Eaton, Keinan Abdi Warsame, Brian West
Producer(s) A&M/Octone Records
K'naan singles chronology
"Bang Bang"
Chubb Rock singles chronology

ABCs is the first official single by rapper K'naan on his album Troubadour. It also features rapper Chubb Rock and is produced by A&M/Octone Records.[1] The song was also featured on the soundtrack for the video game Madden 09 and in both the film and the trailer for The Trotsky. The song can be heard in the 2010 film Step Up 3D. It samples Chubb Rock's "Treat 'Em Right" and Mulatu Astatke's "Kasalefkut hulu."

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Marcus Raboy and was filmed at the Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. It begins with K'naan walking across the bridge and he buys a vinyl record at the Pass Out Records store. While K'naan is walking along a street, Chubb Rock drives up in a 1965 Pontiac Catalina with two large speakers in the back, picks up K'naan, they go to a party. K'naan then walks along a street, under an elevated Subway. America's Best Dance Crew Season 2 Champions Super Cr3w make an appearance.

Chart positions[edit]

"ABCs" debuted at #75 on the Canadian Hot 100 on the issue of March 3, 2009, based on downloads.

Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Hot 100[2] 75