Professional Rapper (Lil Dicky album)

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Professional Rapper
Professional Rapper by Lil Dicky Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 31, 2015 (2015-07-31)
Genre
Length89:00
Label
  • Commission
  • Dirty Burd
  • ADA
Producer
  • Lil Dicky (also exec.)
  • Battleroy
  • Jim Cummings
  • Roger Goodman
  • Money Alwayz
  • Stan Lane
Lil Dicky chronology
So Hard
(2013)
Professional Rapper
(2015)
Singles from Professional Rapper
  1. "Lemme Freak"
    Released: September 17, 2014
  2. "White Crime"
    Released: December 10, 2014
  3. "$ave Dat Money"
    Released: June 10, 2015
  4. "Professional Rapper"
    Released: July 31, 2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX3.5/5[2]
ViceA−[3]

Professional Rapper is the debut studio album by American rapper Lil Dicky. It was released on July 31, 2015, by Commission Records, Dirty Burd Music and Alternative Distribution Alliance.[4] The album features guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Rich Homie Quan, Fetty Wap and Jace, Brendon Urie and T-Pain, alongside narrations from Hannibal Buress and Lil Dicky's parents.[5]

The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 22,000 copies, created a total of 26,000 equivalent album units in the United States.[6][6]

Background[edit]

On May 22, 2013, Lil Dicky self-released his first official mixtape, titled So Hard. Following the release of his first official mixtape, Dicky began using the Kickstarter website, to create a goal of raising $70,000 for him to release his upcoming first studio album, with accompanying music videos and tours. On November 20, 2013, Kickstarter projected a month-long for a crowdfunding period of reaching a fundraising goal within a week. The fundraising was dramatically successful, raising it at a total of $113,017.[7]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Lemme Freak", was released on September 17, 2014.[8] The song was produced by Jim Cummings. The music video received over 40 million views as of June 2017.[9]

The album's second single, "White Crime", was released on December 10, 2014.[10] The song was produced by Roger Goodman. The music video received over 14 million views as of June 2017.[11]

The album's third single, "Save Dat Money", was released on June 10, 2015.[12] The song features guest appearances from American rappers Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan, with production by Money Alwayz. The song peaked at number 71 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[13] The music video received over 75 million views as of June 2017.[14]

The album's title track, "Professional Rapper", was released as the album's fourth and final single on July 31, 2015. The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Snoop Dogg, with production by Stan Lane. The music video received over 54 million views as of June 2017.[15]

Other songs[edit]

The music video for "Molly" was released on June 9, 2016.[16] The music video features Lil Dicky as a dejected wedding guest as he watches his lost love (portrayed by Isabelle Loeb) get married. Brendon Urie is also featured in the music video as a wedding singer.

The music video for "Pillow Talking" was released on April 12, 2017. The music video's high use of special effects reportedly cost $700,000 to create, making it the 49th most expensive music video of all time.[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

Professional Rapper debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 22,000 copies, created a total of 26,000 equivalent album units in the United States.[6] The album debuted at number one consecutively on Comedy Albums, Rap Albums and Independent Albums charts.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from BMI.[18][19]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Meet the Burds (Interlude)"David Burd 1:03
2."Professional Rapper" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
Stan Lane5:54
3."Who Knew"
  • Burd
  • Latrell James
  • Tedd Boyd
  • James
  • Boyd
3:32
4."Lemme Freak"
  • Burd
  • Teddy Pena
Jim Cummings4:46
5."Lemme Freak for Real Tho (Outro)"
  • Burd
  • Roy Battle
Battleroy4:17
6."White Crime"
  • Burd
  • Roger Goodman
Goodman3:40
7."Molly" (featuring Brendon Urie)
  • Burd
  • Nicholas Warwar
  • Vincent Venditto
  • Brendon Urie
  • William Rybak
StreetRunner4:04
8."Bruh..."
  • Burd
  • Ryan Vojtesak
Charlie Handsome4:23
9."Hannibal Interlude" (featuring Hannibal Buress)
BlvckVmish Music2:01
10."$ave Dat Money" (featuring Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan)
Money Alwayz4:51
11."Oh Well" (featuring Jace)
Burwell3:29
12."Personality" (featuring T-Pain)
BlvckVmish Music4:19
13."Pillow Talking" (featuring Brain)
  • Burd
  • Vojtesak
  • Jamil Chammas
  • Charlie Handsome
  • Digi
10:46
14."Parental Advisory (Interlude)"Burd 1:22
15."Classic Male Pregame"
  • Burd
  • Battle
Battleroy4:03
16."The Antagonist"
  • Burd
  • Miramontez
Stan Lane6:03
17."The Antagonist II"
  • Burd
  • Deniro Elliott
Elliott3:53
18."Parents Still Don't Understand (Interlude)"Burd 1:39
19."Work (Paid for That?)"
  • Burd
  • Jason Pounds
Pounds4:56
20."Truman"
  • Burd
  • Pounds
Pounds10:15

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Fairfax, Jesse (September 3, 2015). "Lil Dicky – Professional Rapper". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 15, 2016). "Music Meets Comedy: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
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  10. ^ "iTunes – Music – White Crime – Single by Lil Dicky". iTunes Store. June 30, 2016. Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
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  12. ^ "$ave Dat Money (feat. Fetty Wap & Rich Homie Quan) – Single by Lil Dicky on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
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  15. ^ "Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper (Feat. Snoop Dogg)". Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  16. ^ "Lil Dicky Hits A Wedding In His "Molly" Video _ The FADER". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "Lil Dicky's new "Pillow Talking" video cost $700,000 to make, totally worth every penny — watch _ Consequence of Sound". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
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