Plain Jane (song)

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"Plain Jane"
A$APFergPlainJane.jpeg
Single by ASAP Ferg
from the album Still Striving
ReleasedJune 13, 2017
FormatDigital download
Recorded2017
GenreHip hop
Length2:54
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Kirk Knight
ASAP Ferg singles chronology
"Look at Us Now"
(2017)
"Plain Jane"
(2017)
"Nasty (Who Dat)"
(2017)
Music video
"Plain Jane" on YouTube
Remix
Cover art of the official remix featuring Nicki Minaj.
Cover art of the official remix featuring Nicki Minaj.
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"The Way Life Goes (Remix)"
(2017)
"Plain Jane (Remix)"
(2017)
"Barbie Tingz"
(2018)

"Plain Jane" is a song by American rapper ASAP Ferg. The song was released on June 13, 2017, as the lead single from his second mixtape Still Striving (2017). It was produced by Kirk Knight. "Plain Jane" has peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his highest-charting single.[1] The official remix for "Plain Jane" was released on December 15, 2017 with Nicki Minaj.

Background[edit]

"Plain Jane" is one of four tracks released by A$AP Ferg on June 13, 2017 via SoundCloud for TrapLord Tuesdays. Produced by Pro Era's own Kirk Knight, the track's flow and instrumental are heavily influenced by the 1999 song "Slob on My Knob" by Tear Da Club Up Thugs.[2]

Music video[edit]

The video, which begins a clip of Juicy J's upcoming "Plain Jane" remix, follows Ferg and his crew riding bikes in the streets of NYC before visiting a night club. The grainy effects, color distortion, and the mix of guerrilla-style footage with still images create a trippy visual that goes well with the Three 6 Mafia-inspired track.

"The vision for the video was to bring it back to the streets and to be with the people," Ferg said in a press release. "We shot the video spontaneously without planning which made everything feel more personal and true to me. I wanted the video to match my lifestyle; I could be riding bikes in Harlem or turning up at a party in Brooklyn."

The video, directed by AWGE's Hidji, features cameos by Kirk Knight, Nigel Sylvester, DRAM, and Rihanna, who also gets a shout out in the track. ("Please believe me I see RiRi, I'mma eat it like panini.")[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Plain Jane"
  • Darold Brown
  • Kirlan Labarrie
  • Paul Beauregard
  • Jordan Houston
Kirk Knight2:54
2."Plain Jane" (Remix) (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • Darold Brown
  • Kirlan Labarrie
  • Paul Beauregard
  • Jordan Houston
  • Onika Maraj
Kirk Knight3:24
Total length:6:18

Remix[edit]

A remix to the single was released on December 15, 2017, with a guest appearance from American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj.[4] The remix was originally meant to be included on Lil Wayne's Dedication 6 mixtape, but after playing it for Ferg, Minaj agreed to make it the official remix instead. Minaj's verse includes references to Tidal, Notorious B.I.G., Catherine Zeta Jones, and Lupita Nyong'o. Phemelo Maise also freestyled the song. There is an unreleased remix version of the song featuring Juicy J.[citation needed]

Minaj's remix had mixed but mostly positive acclaims from critics. Billboard said "Nicki Minaj brought back that hard rap we've been missing from her for years, paying homage to her New York roots and local legend Notorious B.I.G."[5] XXL writes "the female MC delivers some hardcore rhymes and punchlines on the catchy tracks,"[6] and Complex noted that, due to Minaj, "one of the best loved songs of the year is about to get even more love". However, it was common opinion that the song without Nicki Minaj was better. [7]

Chart performance[edit]

Following months of hovering around the top 40, "Plain Jane" was propelled by its remix to its peak at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, Ferg's highest entry on the chart. The song has also charted in Canada, at number 30.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[25] Gold 15,000*
United States (RIAA)[26] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

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  4. ^ asapfergVEVO (2017-12-15), A$AP Ferg - Plain Jane REMIX (Audio) ft. Nicki Minaj, retrieved 2017-12-19
  5. ^ "A$AP Ferg Drops 'Plain Jane' Remix with Nicki Minaj and Twitter Goes Insane". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  6. ^ "Nicki Minaj Hops on ASAP Ferg's Plain Jane Remix - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  7. ^ "Nicki Minaj Shouts Out Biggie on ASAP Ferg's "Plain Jane" Remix". Complex. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
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  10. ^ "Greece Official IFPI Charts Digital Singles Chart: Feb 5, 2018". IFPI Charts. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
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  13. ^ "Charts.nz – A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201747 into search. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane". Singles Top 100. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
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  20. ^ "AAP Ferg Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  21. ^ "AAP Ferg Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  22. ^ "Hot 100 Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2019 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Canadian single certifications – A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane". Music Canada. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  25. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 26, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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