Feel (Kendrick Lamar song)

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"Feel"
Song by Kendrick Lamar
from the album Damn
Recorded2017
GenreJazz rap
Length3:35
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Sounwave

"Feel" (stylized as "FEEL.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his fourth studio album Damn, released on April 14, 2017. The fifth track on the album (tenth on the Collector's Edition of Damn[2]), the song was written by Lamar and Mark Spears, a.k.a. Sounwave, and produced by Sounwave. The song features bass from bass guitarist Thundercat and vocals from Chelsea Blythe.

Lyrics[edit]

The song sees Lamar taking a deeper look into the void and isolation caused by fame and success, specifically how he feels detached from his family and friends.[3]

A common recurrence in "Feel" is the phrase "Ain't nobody prayin' for me", a sentiment that Lamar "revisits elsewhere".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In a positive review, writers of Rolling Stone magazine said "with round, textured notes from the Grammy-winning bass virtuoso Thundercat and a rickety, rim-shot drum pulse, "Feel" nods to the live-musician inflections of To Pimp a Butterfly – or the sixth track from last year's untitled unmastered.[5] Ann Powers of NPR Music also gave a positive review, saying "Feel" was the first song that "jumped out" at her on Damn. Powers also commented that the song is reminiscent of To Pimp a Butterfly.[6]

Samples[edit]

The song contains a sample of the song "Stormy" by American musician O. C. Smith from the album For Once in My Life.[7] It also contains interpolations from "Don't Let Me Down" by Fleurie from the album Love and War.[8][9]

Live performances[edit]

Lamar has performed "Feel" as an encore on the Damn tour.[10]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the official Damn digital booklet.[1]

  • Kendrick Lamar – songwriter
  • Mark Spears – songwriter, producer, mixing
  • Thundercatbass
  • Chelsea Blythe – additional vocals
  • Matt Schaeffer – additional guitar, mixing
  • Derek Ali – mixing
  • Tyler Page – mix assistant
  • Cyrus Taghipour – mix assistant

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 66
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 30
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 80
France (SNEP)[14] 105
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 82
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 34
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 56
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 32
Portugal (AFP)[19] 28
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 41
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 51
UK Singles (OCC)[22] 46
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 35
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[24] 21

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[26] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Digital Booklet - DAMN. copy.pdf". DocDroid. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ India, Lindsey (December 8, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar Surprises Fans With 'Damn.' Collector's Edition". XXL. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (April 14, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar - 'DAMN.': First-listen track-by-track review - NME". NME. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Caramanica, Jon (April 16, 2017). "Review: Kendrick Lamar's Anxiety Leads to Joy and Jabs on New Album". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn.': A Track-by-Track Guide". Rolling Stone. April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Basking In Sin: Some Initial Thoughts On Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'". NPR.org. April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's 'FEEL.' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "Every Sample On Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'". YouTube. Genius. April 17, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "Listen to the Samples From Kendrick Lamar's New Album 'DAMN.'". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  10. ^ Masley, Ed (July 13, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar launches DAMN. Tour in Glendale with triumphant one-man show of force". AZ Central. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Feel." (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201716 into search. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Feel." (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Feel." (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Feel." (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  18. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 1, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Feel.". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  20. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201716 into search. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  21. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Feel.". Singles Top 100. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  22. ^ "Kendrick Lamar: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  23. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  24. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  25. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Kendrick Lamar – Feel". Music Canada. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Kendrick Lamar – Feel". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 7, 2018.