Believe Me (Lil Wayne song)

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"Believe Me"
Believe Me 2014-06-01 14-04.jpg
Single by Lil Wayne featuring Drake
Released May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:37
Label
Writer(s)
  • Dwayne Carter
  • Aubrey Graham
  • Anderson Hernandez
  • Matthew Samuels
Producer(s)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Thug Cry"
(2014)
"Believe Me"
(2014)
"Krazy"
(2014)
Drake singles chronology
"Trophies"
(2014)
"Believe Me"
(2014)
"Worst Behavior"
(2014)

"Believe Me" is a song by American rapper Lil Wayne, released as the intended lead single from his eleventh studio album, Tha Carter V. The song features Canadian rapper Drake. It was serviced to urban contemporary radio stations on May 6, 2014, in the United States and was released as a digital download on May 28, 2014.[1][2]

Background[edit]

On April 30, 2014, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. posted a 15-second snippet/video of the song on Instagram. The preview shows Lil Wayne and Drake in the studio recording "Believe Me".[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

As of February 27, 2015, the track has sold more than 1,000,000 copies in United States and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Critical reception[edit]

"Believe Me" received critical acclaim, with Lil Wayne and Drake's lyrical performances receiving high praise. Many critics hailed the song as Lil Wayne's best release in years. "Believe Me" was featured on XXL's 25 Best Songs of 2014 (So Far). XXL commented on the song: "Carter Season was officially underway when Weezy dropped this gem on us late on a Friday night, and it was worth every second of the wait".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 97
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 36
Germany (Deutsche Black Charts)[7] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 36
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 26
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 7
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[11] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 89

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Believe Me (feat. Drake) – Single – United States". iTunes. Apple, Inc. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://frequencynews.com/musiclibrary_detail.cfm?LabelID=180&ArtistID=278&AlbumID=1231&SingleID=4067.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Lil Wayne and Drake Hit the Studio for 'Tha Carter V'". Rap-Up. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "The 25 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)". XXL. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lil Wayne – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Lil Wayne.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Lil Wayne feat. Drake – Believe Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Deutsche Black Charts". Trendcharts. Media Control. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 2014-06-21" UK Singles Chart.
  9. ^ a b "Lil Wayne – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Lil Wayne. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  10. ^ "Lil Wayne – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Lil Wayne. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Lil Wayne – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Lil Wayne. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Lil Wayne – Believe Me". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH