On August 1, 2013, Drake released "All Me" featuring Big Sean and 2 Chainz, with production from Key Wane. The song also featured an intro by comedian Aziz Ansari. Key Wane gave Drake and Noah "40" Shebib credit for adding the Ansari sample and the ending breakdown. However, the intro and ending of the song are not included on the album. The Ansari intro features a sample of one of Ansari's alter egos, "Randy", from the movie Funny People.
Key Wane originally played the instrumental backing track used for "All Me" through his iPad at a photoshoot for Sean's clothing line. Sean took interest in the beat and decided to use it for his upcoming album Hall of Fame. However, the song would go unfinished for several months. After a period without progress on the track, Wane tweaked it and sent the song to Drake, who was coincidentally in the studio with 2 Chainz. Drake and 2 Chainz immediately became interested in the song and recorded verses over the instrumental. While spending time at Drake's Los Angeles home, Sean discovered that they both had recorded verses over the track. Key Wane then pressured Sean to send Drake his verse so he could use the song on his album, Nothing Was the Same.
On August 1, 2013, Drake released "All Me" for free download via his SoundCloud account. However, as Nothing Was the Same's September 24 release was approaching, it was removed from SoundCloud. The song was originally reported to be Nothing Was the Same 's second single, before "Hold On, We're Going Home" 's release.
"All Me" was met with rave reviews upon its release, including praise from Spin, Fuse and Vice, among others. Acclaim was mainly directed at the verses, and the production. DJBooth.net, Paste and The Fader called the song a summer anthem. Although he praised Nothing Was the Same overall, Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania of Rapreviews.com said that the deluxe edition tracks, including "All Me", were stronger than most of other tracks appearing on the standard version of the album.
Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone praised the song, stating that "Drake emphasizes his self-made come up and bank account size over a gorgeous bed of subdued synths; when it drops after the hook, it's into hollow bell rings, a warped monastic vocal sample and a characteristically ridiculous 2 Chainz verse."Complex praised Big Sean's appearance as the thirteenth best verse of 2013. Many critics view Big Sean's verse as the highlight of the song.