Loyalty (Kendrick Lamar song)

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"Loyalty"
Single by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
from the album Damn
Released June 20, 2017
Recorded 2016[1]
Genre
Length 3:47
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • DJ Dahi
  • Sounwave
  • Martin
  • Top Dawg
Kendrick Lamar singles chronology
"Perfect Pint"
(2017)
"Loyalty"
(2017)
"New Freezer"
(2017)

"Perfect Pint"
(2017)
"Loyalty"
(2017)
"New Freezer"
(2017)
Rihanna singles chronology
"Wild Thoughts"
(2017) Wild Thoughts2017
"Loyalty"
(2017) Loyalty2017
"Lemon"
(2017) Lemon2017
Music video
"Loyalty" on YouTube

"Loyalty" (stylized as "LOYALTY.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his fourth studio album Damn, released on April 14, 2017. The song was later sent to urban and rhythmic radio June 20, 2017 as the second single from the album.[3][4] The sixth track on the album (ninth on the Collector's Edition of Damn[5]), the song features Barbadian singer Rihanna on vocals and was written by Lamar, DJ Dahi, Sounwave, and Terrace Martin.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Complex calls it a "standout track" and one of Damn's most "radio-friendly cuts".[6] The Fader writer Jason Parham calls "Loyalty", "anxious, berserk, and beautifully intransigent in [its] own right" and "equal parts pop, funk, and brooding rap hymnal".[7] Frank Guan of Vulture enjoyed the song, especially Rihanna's part, saying "though only eight bars, Rihanna's sung rap is as fluent as it is brief, a swift and casual tour of her accomplishments."[8] Rap-Up called the song a "standout track that allows Kung Fu Kenny and Bad Gal RiRi to address allegiance from a variety of angles."[9]

Sample[edit]

The song samples "24K Magic" produced by Shampoo Press & Curl and The Stereotypes, and performed by American singer Bruno Mars.[10] Additionally, it features interpolations of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" by Ol' Dirty Bastard and "Get Your Mind Right Mami" by Jay-Z featuring Snoop Dogg and Memphis Bleek.[11]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released to Lamar's Vevo channel on YouTube on July 28, 2017. It was directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies and includes an appearance from featured artist Rihanna.[12][13] Jordan Darville of The Fader gave the music video a positive review, praising the visuals and called Lamar and Rihanna's adventure together "carefully crafted [and] suitably amorous."[14]

Live performances[edit]

Lamar has performed "Loyalty" on the Damn tour.[15]

Awards[edit]

The song was Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna's first win for 49th NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group at the 15 January 2018. The song won the 60th Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance on 28 January 2018.[16]

Year Organization Award Result
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Duo or Group Won
Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Performance Won
BET Awards Best Collaboration Nominated

Credits and personnel[edit]

Rihanna performing in 2014
Rihanna is a featured vocalist on "Loyalty".

Credits adapted from the official Damn digital booklet.[2]

  • Kendrick Duckworth – songwriter
  • Rihanna – vocals
  • Dacoury Natche – songwriter, producer, additional vocals
  • Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers – additional vocals
  • Mark Spears – songwriter, producer
  • Terrace Martin – songwriter, producer
  • Anthony "Topdawg" Tiffith – songwriter, producer
  • Bēkon – additional production and vocals
  • Kid Capri – additional vocals
  • Derek Ali – mixing
  • Tyler Page – mix assistant
  • Cyrus Taghipour – mix assistant

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[43] 2× Platinum 160,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[45] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ India, Lindsey (December 8, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar Surprises Fans With 'Damn.' Collector's Edition". XXL. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Espinoza, Joshua. "Here's How Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna's "Loyalty" Came Together". Complex. Complex. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ Parham, Jason. "The Story Behind The Kendrick Lamar And Rihanna Collaboration "LOYALTY."". The Fader. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ Guan, Frank. "On 'Loyalty' Rihanna Plays It Casual With Kendrick Lamar". Vulture. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ "New Music: Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – 'LOYALTY.'". Rap-Up. April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
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  44. ^ "British single certifications – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – Loyalty". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 5, 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Loyalty. in the search field and then press Enter.
  45. ^ "American single certifications – Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 7, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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