|Single by Birdman featuring Lil Wayne|
|Released||November 22, 2010 (digital download)|
|Studio||The Hit Factory|
|Label||Cash Money, Universal Motown|
|Songwriter(s)||Bryan Williams, Dwayne Carter|
|Birdman singles chronology|
|Lil Wayne singles chronology|
"Fire Flame" is a song by American rapper Birdman. The song features a guest appearance from fellow rapper Lil Wayne, who was not originally intended to appear on the song: however, his vocals were added following his release from prison. The rappers wrote the song, along with record producer Kill Will, who also handled the song's production.
"Fire Flame" achieved success on various music charts, peaking at number sixty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also charting well on various component charts. The song's music video, directed by Gil Green, premiered on January 16, 2011. It is produced by Kill Will. The song is featured along with Wayne's 2011 single "John", featuring Rick Ross, on the Tap Tap Revenge 4 game.
Background and development
"Fire Flame" was written by Birdman, Lil Wayne and Kill Will, with the latter also handling the song's production. The song originally leaked onto the internet as a Birdman solo song, with no vocals from Wayne: Wayne's vocals were later recorded at The Hit Factory, a recording studio in Miami, during his first recording session since being released from Rikers Island following a nine-month prison sentence for illegal possession of a weapon.
On November 15, American rapper and producer DJ Khaled leaked the new version of "Fire Flame" onto the internet through his blog, called "We the Best TV". Khaled claimed that the song would appear on a sequel to Birdman and Wayne's 2006 collaborative album Like Father, Like Son: however, other reports have confirmed that the song will appear on Birdman's upcoming fifth studio album, titled Bigga Than Life. The song was released for digital paid download in the United States on November 22, 2010.
"Fire Flame" is a "synth-heavy" rap song featuring a guest appearance from fellow American rapper Lil Wayne. Wayne performs the first and last verses of the song, and Birdman's vocals are placed in between.
The song peaked on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #28. It debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 64 in its fourth week. "Fire Flame" is Birdman's first song to chart on the Canadian Hot 100, peaking at #71.
The music video for "Fire Flame" premiered on January 16, 2011, and is directed by Gil Green. The video is set in a warehouse, and whilst Birdman and Wayne perform their sections of the song, flames continuously shoot out from behind them, as part of the literal meaning of the song.
- Digital single
- "Fire Flame" (featuring Lil Wayne) – 4:20
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||71|
|US Billboard Hot 100||64|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||28|
|US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)||14|
|United States||November 22, 2010||Digital download||Cash Money, Universal Motown|
|January 11, 2011||Urban contemporary radio|
|January 25, 2011||Urban airplay|
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