iSpy (Kyle song)

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"iSpy"
ISpykylesong.png
Single by Kyle featuring Lil Yachty
from the album Light of Mine
Released December 2, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Hip hop
Length
  • 4:13 (single)
  • 3:44 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Ayo
  • Superduperbrick
  • Lege Kale
Kyle singles chronology
"Blame"
(2016)
"iSpy"
(2016)
"Want Me Bad"
(2017)

"Blame"
(2016)
"iSpy"
(2016)
"Want Me Bad"
(2017)
Lil Yachty singles chronology
"After the Afterparty"
(2016) After the Afterparty2016
"iSpy"
(2016) iSpy2016
"It Takes Two"
(2017) It Takes Two2017

"iSpy" is a song by American rapper Kyle. It was released on December 2, 2016, by Indie-Pop and Atlantic Records.[1] It features vocals from American rapper Lil Yachty. It is the lead single from Kyle's debut studio album Light of Mine (2018).[2] The song was produced by Ayo, superduperbrick, and Lege Kale.[3][4][5]

Background[edit]

In an interview for website Genius, Kyle spoke on the creation process behind the song:

The making of "iSpy" it was super casual. It was me and Ayo in the studio. We just wanted to make some feel-good shit. I just had this little piano and started playing bomp bomp bomp—very badly, though, 'cause I’m not that raw. And then Ayo replayed it and made it saucy.[6]

The official remix, which features American rapper Kodak Black, was released on June 9, 2017,[7] with some slightly altered lyrics "to shout out Kodak and [to] talk about the original single".[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on April 7, 2017 on Kyle's YouTube account. It was directed by Colin Tilley.[9] The official video features the heads of Kyle and Lil Yachty animated onto children's bodies for the duration of the video, with one critic noting that, "their childish sense of humour beams out of every scene."[10][11] Discussing the idea for the video, Kyle said, "It was [Tilley's] concept. I just agreed on it. I told him, 'This song is fun. The video needs to be twice as fun...' It doesn't get more feel good than being a baby surrounded by incredible looking women at the beach with no cares in the world."[12]

Prior to the release of the official video, an animated lyric video was released on Kyle's YouTube channel and amassed 19 million in its first month, causing the song to receive an uptick in recognition.[13][14][15]

The lyric video was well received, with one critic saying, "The track itself came out [in 2016], but the video...makes the song sound even better."[16] The lyric video was produced by Carpool Films, directed by Jayme Lamperle, and animated by Lamperle, Courtney Garvin, Frank Gidlewski, Evan Red Borja and Jake Reed.[17][16]

Critical reception[edit]

David Drake of Complex wrote that the song is "reminiscent of 'Broccoli', between the stop-start kick drums, its sweet charming tone, and the evident fun of its screwball lyrics".[18]

Chart performance[edit]

"iSpy" debuted at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated January 14, 2017.[19] It peaked at number four on the chart dated April 22, 2017, becoming Kyle's first and Lil Yachty's second top five single.[20][21]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[47] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[48] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[50] 4× Platinum 4,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iSpy (feat. Lil Yachty) Single By Kyle". iTunes. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Light of Mine – Album by Kyle on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  3. ^ ""ISpy" - KYLE ft. Lil Yachty". Artistic Manifesto. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Kyle and Lil Yachty Ignore the Haters in "iSpy"". XXL. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Kyle & Lil Yachty - "iSpy"". HypeBeast. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
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  7. ^ "iSpy (Remix) [feat. Kodak Black] – Single by KYLE on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ "KYLE – ISpy (Remix) Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ "KYLE Releases 'iSpy' Video Feat. Lil Yachty: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  10. ^ J'na Jefferson (7 April 2017). "KYLE And Lil Yachty Bring Childlike Fun In Colorful Video For "iSpy"". Vibe Magazine. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Robin Murray (12 April 2017). "KYLE And Lil Yachty's New Video Is Hilarious". Clash. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Myles Tanzer (7 April 2017). "Kyle And Lil Yachty Hit The Beach As Babies In The Video For "iSpy"". Fader. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Amaya Mendizabal (6 April 2017). "Kyle's 'iSpy' Hits No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs, Reaches Top 5 on Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  14. ^ Justin Ivey (20 March 2017). "Kyle's "iSpy" With Lil Yachty Breaks Into Billboard Top 10". XXL Magazine. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  15. ^ Kyle Eustice (6 March 2017). "DX Digest: KYLE & Lil Yachty Get Animated For "iSpy" While A$AP Rocky Rides Shotgun In "Get A Job"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
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  17. ^ Jonathan Sawyer (8 March 2017). "KYLE and Lil Yachty Get Animated in New Video For "iSpy"". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
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  32. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Kyle feat. Lil Yachty – iSpy". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
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  48. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Kyle feat. Lil Yachty – iSpy". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  49. ^ "British single certifications – Kyle feat. Lil Yachty – iSpy". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 15, 2017.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter iSpy in the search field and then press Enter.
  50. ^ "American single certifications – Kyle – iSpy (Feat. Lil Yachty)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 21, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH