Father Stretch My Hands

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"Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"
Single by Kanye West
from the album The Life of Pablo
Released June 7, 2016 (2016-06-07)
Format
Length 2:16
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"That Part"
(2016)
"Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)

"That Part"
(2016)
"Father Stretch My Hands"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)
"Pt. 2"
Single by Kanye West
from the album The Life of Pablo
Released June 7, 2016 (2016-06-07)
Format
Length 2:10
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"That Part"
(2016)
"Pt. 2"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)

"That Part"
(2016)
"Father Stretch My Hands"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)

"Father Stretch My Hands" is a two-part song by American rapper Kanye West. It was released as the second single from his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo (2016).

Rapper Kendrick Lamar was originally slated to appear on the first part, though his verse was removed in the final version.[1]

Composition[edit]

The album version of the song is split into two parts: "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" featuring vocals by Kid Cudi and Kelly Price,[2] and "Pt. 2" featuring vocals by Desiigner and Caroline Shaw. The song is built around a sample of the song of the same title, performed and written by T. L. Barrett, with "Pt. 2" featuring prominent interpolations of "Panda", performed by Desiigner.[3][4] A 'rough cut' of the song was first released online in February 2016.[5]

GQ wrote that the two-part track "begins as a gospel song about models, transitions halfway into a soul-baring confessional dance track, then drops in two entire verses of an entirely different song about drug-dealing and cars by an 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper, before resolving into a meditative piece for vocoder by a contemporary classical composer and ending with a snippet of the sampled gospel song that the whole thing started from, just to remind you how far we've traveled from there in the span of four minutes."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Complex listed the two parts of the song as twenty-fourth and third best song of 2016 so far in their list published on June 16, 2016.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

Part 1 of "Father Stretch My Hands" spawned numerous memes due to producer Metro Boomin's tag and entrance on the song "If young Metro don't trust you I'm gonna shoot you", which usually involved a sudden event occurring, often involving someone getting shot.[8][9]

Samples[edit]

Pt. 1[edit]

  • "Father I Stretch My Hands" by Pastor T. L. Barrett

Pt. 2[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Pt. 1[edit]

Upon West releasing The Life of Pablo, the song debuted and peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100[12] The track did the same upon its release in the UK, debuting at its peak of number 54 on the UK Singles Chart.[13]

Pt. 2[edit]

Just like "Pt. 1", the song debuted at its peak on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon the release of West's album, charting at number 54.[14] It did the same on the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 70.[15]

Charts[edit]

Pt. 1[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 51
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 74
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 54
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[19] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 37
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 14
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[22] 9
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[23] 10

Pt. 2[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 60
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 87
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 70
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[19] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 54
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 18
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[24] 11

Certifications[edit]

Pt. 1[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[26] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Pt. 2[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[27] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Recorded An Unreleased Verse For Kanye West's "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"". Genius. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  2. ^ Ihaza, Jeff (2016-06-02). "Why It's Cool For Justin Bieber And Kanye West To Wear Their Own Merch". The Fader. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  3. ^ Bartleet, Larry (2016-05-22). "Stephen Colbert parodies Kanye West's 'Ellen' speech". NME. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  4. ^ Simmons, Ted (2016-06-17). "Kanye West Chooses Next Single From 'The Life of Pablo' - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  5. ^ Miller, Matt (2016-06-15). "New Kanye West Song "Saint Pablo": Listen to the New Song Kanye Added to The Life of Pablo". Esquire. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  6. ^ Raymer, Miles. "The Life of Pablo: Kanye West's Opus of Chaos". GQ. Condé Nast. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Best Songs of 2016 (So Far)". Complex. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  8. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2016/02/metro-boomin-kanye-west-father-stretch-my-hands-pt-1-best-memes
  9. ^ http://pigeonsandplanes.com/news/2016/02/future-kanye-metro-dont-trust-you-shoot-memes
  10. ^ "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 by Kanye West feat. Desiigner and Caroline Shaw on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  11. ^ Wickman, Forrest (2016-02-14). "Your Track-by-Track Guide to Kanye West's The Life of Pablo". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  12. ^ "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Father Stretch My Hands | Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Pt 2 | Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b "Kanye West Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Chart Track: Week 15, 2016". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ a b "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Kanye West Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  22. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  24. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands Pt. I". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 20, 2017.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Father Stretch My Hands Pt. I in the search field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands Pt. I". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Kanye West – PT. 2". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 13, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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