I Don't Fuck with You

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"I Don't Fuck with You"
BigSeanIDFWU.jpg
Single by Big Sean featuring E-40
from the album Dark Sky Paradise
ReleasedSeptember 19, 2014
Genre
Length4:44
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Big Sean singles chronology
"All Me"
(2013)
"I Don't Fuck with You"
(2014)
"Paradise"
(2014)
E-40 singles chronology
"Function"
(2012)
"I Don't Fuck with You"
(2014)
"Gamed Up"
(2015)

"I Don't Fuck with You", also known by the initialism "IDFWU", is a song by American rapper Big Sean, featuring E-40, released on September 19, 2014, as the lead single from his third studio album Dark Sky Paradise (2015).[1]

Background and release[edit]

On March 19, 2014, Justin Bieber uploaded to Instagram a snippet of "Turn Up", which has the same beat. The record was supposed to be Justin's, but there was no communication with the management, so producer DJ Mustard decided to give the record to Big Sean.[2] On September 12, 2014, Big Sean announced he had signed with Roc Nation for a management deal, but stated he was still with GOOD Music.[3] "I Don't Fuck with You" was released on the same day with three more new songs: "Paradise", "4th Quarter", and "Jit / Juke". Producers included Mike Will Made It, DJ Dahi, Nate Fox, Da Internz, L&F, and Key Wane.[4]

"I Don't Fuck with You" was produced by DJ Mustard and Kanye West and samples the 1976 D. J. Rogers song "Say You Love Me One More Time". Closing adlibs are performed over a slowed down version of the 1978 Earth, Wind & Fire song "September". The clean edit of the song produced for radio airplay does not contain either the word "fuck" or other words in the lyrics prohibited by the FCC.

Lyrics[edit]

Sean had been in a relationship with actress Naya Rivera and the couple announced their engagement in October 2013, but Sean ended the relationship in April 2014.[5][6] Rivera then began dating actor Ryan Dorsey, whom she married on July 19, 2014, the original date set for her wedding to Big Sean. Although it was widely speculated that Sean wrote the song about the end of his relationship with Rivera, he denied that the song is about her.[7][8] In a September 2020 interview, following Rivera's death, he stated he wished he never made the song: "I don't feel comfortable talking about it because I want to respect her. She's made such an impact on people, and she's done so many great things in her life and her career that it was hurtful to even have that [song] be associated with her. It wasn't a diss to her. I truly made the song and played it for her. She knew about it, and she liked it. We had a breakup that was very public, and we were young and we forgave each other and moved on from that".[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

"I Don't Fuck with You" peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Big Sean's third highest-charting single on the chart and E-40's second-highest.[9] It also marked Big Sean's seventh and E-40's fifth top 20 single. As of February 2015, the song has sold 1,268,000 copies in the US.[10]

Music video[edit]

The official music video, directed by Lawrence Lamont, was released on November 6, 2014. It portrays Big Sean as a quarterback during a high school football game, and E-40 as a commentator. The song's producers, Kanye West and DJ Mustard, appear in the video along with Natasha, Fort Minor, The A'z and internet celebrities Simone Shepherd and Khalil Underwood.[11]

Usage in other media[edit]

The song is featured in the films American Honey, Fist Fight, and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[27] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[29] 6× Platinum 6,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Fleischer, Adam (January 14, 2015). "Justin Bieber Had Big Sean's 'IDFWU' Beat First -- And DJ Mustard Explains What Happened". MTV.
  3. ^ a b Jenkins, Craig (September 1, 2020). "Big Sean Finally Knows Peace: A frank talk with the rapper about his long, fraught journey to Detroit 2". Vulture. Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Rani, Taj (September 12, 2014). "Big Sean Drops Four New Songs". BET.
  5. ^ Nessif, Bruna (October 3, 2013). "Naya Rivera and Big Sean Are Engaged!". E Online. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  6. ^ Lee, Esther (April 9, 2014). "Naya Rivera, Big Sean's Engagement Is Off; Rapper Releases Statement". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Naya Rivera Married Ryan Dorsey on Her Original Wedding Date to Big Sean, Used Kim Kardashian's Hair Stylist Rachel McRady, US Magazine, July 23, 2014
  8. ^ Jordan, Julie (July 23, 2014). "Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey". People. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Big Sean Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ Balfour, Jay (February 21, 2015). "Hip Hop Singles Sales: Rihanna, The Weeknd, Young Money". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  11. ^ Leight, Elias (November 6, 2014). "Big Sean, DJ Mustard & Kanye West Lead Football Team to Victory in 'IDFWU' Video". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Big Sean Feat. E-40 – I Don't F**k With You". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Big Sean Feat. E-40 – I Don't F**k With You" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  14. ^ "Big Sean Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Big Sean Feat. E-40 – I Don't F**k With You" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Big Sean Feat. E-40 – I Don't F**k With You". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Big Sean Feat. E-40 – I Don't F**k With You". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Big Sean: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  19. ^ "Big Sean Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Big Sean Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Big Sean Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  23. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Urban Singles 2015". ARIA. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  24. ^ "Hot 100: Year End 2015". Billboard. billboard.com. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  25. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  26. ^ "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  27. ^ Ryan, Gavin (April 18, 2015). "ARIA Singles: Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth Remain On Top". Noise11. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Big Sean – I Don't Fuck With You". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type I Don't Fuck With You in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  29. ^ "American certifications – Big Sean". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 7, 2015.