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"Fefe"
6ix9ine - FEFE.png
Single by 6ix9ine featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz
from the album Dummy Boy
ReleasedJuly 22, 2018 (2018-07-22)
Format
Length2:59
Label
  • ScumGang (UMG)
  • TenThousand Projects
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
6ix9ine singles chronology
"Tati"
(2018)
"Fefe"
(2018)
"Bebe"
(2018)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Boo'd Up (Remix)"
(2018)
"Fefe"
(2018)
"Barbie Dreams"
(2018)
Murda Beatz singles chronology
"Articuno"
(2018)
"Fefe"
(2018)
Music video
"Fefe" on YouTube

"Fefe" (stylized as FEFE) is a single by American rapper 6ix9ine. The song features American rapper Nicki Minaj and Canadian record producer Murda Beatz. It was released on July 22, 2018, through TenThousand Projects. The song was written by the three, along with Andrew Green and the song's co-producer, Cubeatz. Although 6ix9ine is the lead artist, the song was included as a bonus track on Minaj's fourth studio album, Queen (2018).

Commercially, the song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, marking 6ix9ine's highest peaking song on the chart.[1] It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

Background and release[edit]

A track with the title "Fefe" has leaked in snippet prior to the song's official release. During his European tour in June 2018, 6ix9ine revealed that he planned to release the song featuring a surprise guest, when he returns to the United States. "I got a really cool feature on it. It’s a surprise," he said. On July 18, he shared on Instagram a lo-fi audio clip of the song, with the caption, "Subscribe before Sunday." A verse from it made some listeners advance that it would possibly feature Nicki Minaj.[3]

On July 20, he announced that the track would be released two days later, and said, "Watch this shit go 8 for 8 on Billboard."[4] On July 22, the song was officially released as a single for digital download.[5] On July 24, 6ix9ine claimed that he will donate a portion of sales from the single to New York youth programs.[6] Although 6ix9ine is credited as the main artist, the track was included as a bonus track on Minaj's fourth studio album Queen (2018).

Artwork[edit]

The "Fefe" cover art features a 3D cartoon artwork that shows 6ix9ine and Minaj sharing an ice cream cone (which is recreated in the music video.) Minaj's cartoon is dressed in a G-string.[5]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Fefe" was both composed and produced by Murda Beatz and duo Cubeatz, consisting of Kevin and Tim Gomringer, while its lyrics were written by Andrew Green, 6ix9ine, and Minaj. The track is two minutes and fifty-nine seconds long.[7] Minaj explained the making of the song saying, "6ix9ine sent me this song & we got on the phone to discuss. 5 mins after the call I sent him this voice note. True story. He sent me a voice note back making fun of my voice. I was literally in bed half sleep! […] I was inspired because it reminded me of a song I did with Gucci years ago."[8] 6ix9ine said about the recording, "We go in the studio and just be having fun and then it's a hit… I didn’t put no effort into that shit."[9] The cadence used by both rappers in the song was noted to be similar to Valee's feature verse on Z Money's song "Two 16's" (2017),[10] with 6ix9ine particularly seeming to stray from his usual aggressive rapping style to a calm, more melodic autotuned flow.[11] Lyrically, the song features 6ix9ine boasting about his street cred, while Minaj is bragging about her jewelry, fashion, and sexual prowess.[10] The latter namechecks rapper ASAP Rocky, television personality Khloé Kardashian, and singer-songwriter Tinashe.[12][13][14]

Firearms[edit]

The song contains several references to firearms such as Draco and Ruger.[15] "Draco" is a pistol with a strong "kickback" (backward jolt); it is also the name of a song by the rapper Future.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

In Noisey, Kristin Corry expressed discomfort about the song, "not because of who the two polarizing rappers happened to be but because of the imagery," referring to 6ix9ine's sexual misconduct case involving a minor while the song's visuals and cover art are childlike.[17] For Idolator, Mike Wass was more neutral in his review, writing "[Minaj's] new era hasn’t exactly gone to plan and she seems to be losing ground against her main rivals [...] Time will tell if Nicki’s latest feature does more harm to her career than good".[18] Nylon's Taylor Bryan added the collaboration to Minaj's list of controversies during 2018, writing "if 2017 was the year of questioning Katy Perry, 2018 is the year of questioning Nicki Minaj."[19] In a positive review, Peter A. Berry of XXL said its beat "serves as an appropriate audio canvas for the song", with 6ix9ine's rap "showcasing a much gentler delivery than the one he used on tracks like "Gummo" and "Keke". He concluded that "with some authentic NYC confidence and a memorable hook, "Fefe" is definitely a slapper".[5] Time considered "Fefe" as the second worst song of 2018.[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Fefe" launched on the Billboard Hot 100 at number four with 24,000 copies sold and 45.7 million streams during its first week.[21] The following week, it ascended to number three.[1] It became 6ix9ine's highest-charting single by surpassing the peak of "Gummo" at number 12, and marked Minaj's seventeenth top ten entry on the chart, extending her record for the most among female rappers. [21] It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

Internationally, "Fefe" also reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, Hungary, New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland as well as the top twenty in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.

Music video[edit]

Background and release[edit]

6ix9ine has shared during his European tour in June 2018, that he planned to release a music video for the song when he returns to the United States. After teasing the song on July 19, he wrote in a separate post, "I'm giving you guys one last music video this Sunday before I go to jail forever," referencing his legal troubles during that period.[3] The same day, TMZ reported that 6ix9ine rush-ordered a new My Little Pony chain in order to wear it during a scheduled video shoot with Minaj.[22] The music video was released through YouTube on July 22, a few hours after the song's release. It was directed by TrifeDrew and William Asher of Figure Eight Creative Group, with additional direction from 6ix9ine.[23] It features toddler-sized lollipops and a variety of pink, yellow, and red balloons.[5]

The music video amassed more than 32 million views in its first three days online,[24] and more than 70 million views in less than a week.[25] A vertical music video for the song was subsequently released on Spotify.[26] As of January 2019, the music video on YouTube has over 580 million views.

Synopsis[edit]

6ix9ine and Minaj playing pattycake in the music video. The child-like visuals have been criticized due to 6ix9ine's previous criminal charges related to sexual activity with a minor.

The music video opens with 6ix9ine and Minaj playing a clapping game on a balloon-filled set. 6ix9ine then raps his verse laced in a cheetah print top and pink shorts, when Murda Beatz makes a cameo appearance holding a heavy-duty water gun. Minaj reintroduces herself shortly after for an extended cameo, rapping two verses and shouting out 6ix9ine's Treyway gang. The couple sits face-to-face once again and share an ice-cream cone with their arms interlocked (recreating the single artwork.)[27] According to Peter A. Berry of XXL, the music video "looks sort of like a Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory".[5]

Media response[edit]

American singer Tinashe and television personality Khloé Kardashian expressed their excitement about being name checked on the track on their social media pages.[14][13] 6ix9ine and Minaj faced accusations of biting American rapper Valee’s feature verse on Z Money's 2017 song "Two 16’s". The producer of the song ChaseTheMoney also accused 6ix9ine and Murda Beatz of copying the track, after hearing a snippet of the song, and asked them on Twitter to "pay homage."[10] Justin Credible of Power 106 radio station announced on air on July 23, 2018, that he refuses to play 6ix9ine’s verse on "Fefe", attributing his decision to the latter disrespecting Los Angeles. He remained willing to play Minaj’s verse.[28] Fellow American rapper Azealia Banks criticized Minaj in a series of tweets and Instagram posts dated July 24, for collaborating and touring with 6ix9ine, who pleaded guilty to use of a minor for a sexual performance in 2015. She said, "I'm sorry. Dude gets convicted and you ’re still trying to help him out of it? That is very dark," and described working with 6ix9ine as a "slap [to] all of your 8-15 year old fans and their moms in the face". She added that "pedophilia is absolutely gross and evil. Anyone who supports that shit is a lunatic".[29][30]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits and personnel adapted from Tidal and YouTube.[7][23]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[62] Platinum 80,000^
France (SNEP)[63] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[64] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[65] Gold 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[66] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[68] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide July 22, 2018
  • ScumGang
  • TenThousand Projects
[69]
United States August 2018
  • ScumGang
  • TenThousand Projects
[69]

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