See Me Now
|"See Me Now"|
|Song by Kanye West featuring Beyoncé, Charlie Wilson and Big Sean from the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy|
|Released||August 11, 2010|
|Label||Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam|
|Writer(s)||K. West, E. Wilson, B. Knowles, C. Wilson, S. Anderson, B. Russell, B. Russell|
|Producer(s)||Kanye West, Lex Luger, No I.D.|
"See Me Now" is a song by American hip hop artist Kanye West featuring R&B singers Beyoncé Knowles and Charlie Wilson. The album version has an additional verse by Big Sean and is included on West's fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) as an iTunes Store bonus track. It was written by West, Knowles, Wilson and Sean while production was handled by West, Lex Luger and No I.D..
"See Me Now" received generally positive reviews from music critics. The song debuted and peaked at number two on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles on August 28, 2010.
Background and composition
"See Me Now" was written by Kanye West, Beyoncé Knowles, Charlie Wilson and Big Sean while production was handled by West, Lex Luger and No I.D.. It premiered on August 11, 2010. The song was also available on West's website, also on the same day, for a free digital download. The album version has an additional verse by Big Sean and is included on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as an iTunes bonus track. Knowles recorded her vocals for the song at 5am.
During the bridge of the song, Knowles sings the lines, "I know one thing, my momma would be proud/And you see me looking up cause I know she's looking down right now". During the hook Wilson sings the lines "I know you see me now right now, I know you see me now right now" with a "deep" tenor.
"See Me Now" received generally positive reviews from music critics. Christian Hoard of the Rolling Stone gave the song three and half out of five stars. Writing: "'I'm Socrates, but my skin more chocolaty,' shouts Kanye, who goes on to detail several feats of attention-whore behavior — cruising in Ferraris, rocking fur coats, walking into high-end restaurants with no shoes on. But the sound is remarkably warm, a gospel-style mix of heartfelt crooning (from Beyoncé and... Charlie Wilson) and plush accompaniment that's perfect for worshipping at the altar of Yeezy."
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