Nothing but Trouble (song)

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"Nothing but Trouble"
Nothing But Trouble.jpg
Promotional single by Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth
from the album 808: The Music
ReleasedJune 29, 2015
GenreHip hop

"Nothing but Trouble" is a song by American rapper Lil Wayne and singer Charlie Puth, released on June 29, 2015 by Big Beat Records and Atlantic Records for 808: The Music.[1] It is the first promotional single to the soundtrack of the documentary, 808: The Film, directed by Alexander Dunn, which is about the inspiring story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. The song appeared on iTunes and Spotify on June 30th. The song is a warning about the danger that comes with Instagram models.

A remixed version of the song was released on the deluxe version of Puth's debut album, Nine Track Mind, on November 11, 2016.


In an interview with Complex with Zach Frydenlund, Puth spoke about the making of the song: "My idea to make this record started when my friend from Berklee sent me a video of an old Baptist choir singing these insane, huge harmonies. That inspired the choir like theme throughout the song. It's actually one hundred twenty-five tracks of my voice layered to sound like a choir. My friend at the same time was dating this model from New York City who was always messing with his head. After they broke up he would always see her face on billboards. It really upset him. One night we were at a 7-Eleven in New Jersey talking about the situation in the car, and I just blurted out, "Man, these Instagram models are nothing but trouble". I went home that same night and recorded the chorus over that choir beat I made. Then Wayne took it and put a brilliant spin on it and drew inspiration from his own experience I'm sure. Wayne is such a genius with his wordplay. I still can't believe I collaborated on a song with him with an idea that started at 7-Eleven."[2]


The snippet was released on June 27th.[3] On June 29, 2015 at 2:41 AM, right before the song was released, Puth tweeted about the song, "when this shit with wayne drops tuesday, it's gonna be a movie...goodnight".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

"Nothin but Trouble" received critical acclaim from music critics, who particularly lauded the vocal performances of Wayne and Puth. Tom Breiham of Stereogum said, "The song would count as a bluesy relationship track, but "bluesy" does not begin to take into account the lighter-than-air hook from Charlie Puth...".[5] Ryan Middleton of Music Times said, "The pair may have a new hit on their hand with a very topical theme and the softness of Puth's voice blends very well with Weezy's nasally flow. The beat brings everything together nicely.[6] Michael Powell of RevCutt said, "Now, it's easy to predict after hearing that very uninteresting song that "Nothing but Trouble" would follow suit and be prepped to be just something that's for the airwaves. Yet, that is false, yes this is a song that will get radio play and may even climb the charts. But, it wasn't designed and structured for that purpose. Charlie Puth in a way reminds me of a Robin Thicke in the connection and chemistry he seems to have with Wayne throughout this track. The chorus is hypnotizing and will lead you to want to replay the song again and again. While Wayne again leaves a lasting impression, with a verse and story about how the female he’s fallen for only wants more fame and Instagram followers. I don't know if we will, but hopefully we get to see more of the Charlie Puth and Lil Wayne collaborations because the one they have is already looking to have a beautiful future.[7]

Music video[edit]

The song's accompanying music video premiered on August 24, 2015 via Apple Music.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
1."Nothing But Trouble"


Chart (2015) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 86
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[10] 7

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States June 29, 2015 Digital download


  1. ^ Diep, Eric (2015-06-29). "Hear Lil Wayne's 'Nothing but Trouble,' Featuring Charlie Puth". Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  2. ^ Frydenlund, Zach (2015-06-29). "Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth Collab on "Nothing But Trouble," Off the '808' Documentary Soundtrack". Complex. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  3. ^ Secher, Mathias (2015-06-27). "Lil Wayne - Nothing But Trouble (Feat. Charlie Puth) (Snippet) | CantStopHipGop". Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  4. ^ Puth, Charlie (2015-06-29). "Charlie Puth on Twitter: "when this shit with wayne drops tuesday, it's gonna be a movie...goodnight"". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  5. ^ Breiham, Tom (2015-06-29). "Lil Wayne – "Nothing But Trouble" (Feat. Charlie Puth)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  6. ^ Middleton, Ryan (2015-06-29). "Lil Wayne, Charlie Puth Share "Nothing But Trouble" from '808'". Music Times. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  7. ^ Powell, Michael (2015-06-30). "Review: Lil' Wayne & Charlie Puth – Nothing But Trouble | RevCutt". Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  8. ^ "Video: Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth – Nothing But Trouble". Rap-Up. August 24, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: October 31, 2015". Billboard. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Lil Wayne Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.