Stay Schemin'

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"Stay Schemin'"
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Single by Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana
from the album Rich Forever
Released April 17, 2012[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:28
Label Maybach Music Group, Def Jam
Producer(s) The Beat Bully
Rick Ross singles chronology
"Take It to the Head"
"Stay Schemin'"
"Lemme See"
Drake singles chronology
"Take Care"
"Stay Schemin'"
"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
French Montana singles chronology
"Shot Caller"
"Stay Schemin'"
"Pop That"

"Stay Schemin'" is a single by American rapper Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana. It was released on his 2012 mixtape Rich Forever. The track was released as a digital download from iTunes on April 17, 2012. The chorus of the song, sung by French Montana, interpolates an unreleased Nas song titled "Day Dreamin, Stay Schemin," which covers the Kurtis Blow song, "Daydreamin'", with new lyrics.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was released on January 6, 2012.[2] The video features Rick Ross cruising through Miami in a Phantom and Maybach alongside Drake and French Montana. Meek Mill and DJ Khaled also make appearances. The video was directed by Spiff TV for Maybach Films.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

"Stay Schemin'" was met with positive reviews. Complex praised "Stay Schemin'" stating, " We've already listed "Stay Schemin'" as the best song of the year, so you already know how we feel about it—but a lot of the song's impact had to do with Drake's incredible verse. In fact it just might be the best he's ever spit." Complex went on to name the song #3 on their list of the best songs of 2012[4] and the guest appearance of Drake the best feature of 2012.[5] XXL named it one of the top five hip hop songs of 2012.[6]


Many rappers have recorded remixes or freestyles over the instrumental of the song including Common,[7] Joell Ortiz,[8] Joe Budden,[9] Meek Mill,[10] Gunplay,[11] Chamillionaire,[12] LoLa Monroe,[13] Lil Twist,[14] Tyga[15] and ASAP Rocky.[16]


The song debuted in the top 60 of the Billboard Hot 100 at position 58. In its second week the song dropped to position 80 and fell off the chart the following week.[17]

Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 58
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 40
US Rap Songs 20


  1. ^ "Stay Schemin' (feat. Drake & French Montana) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rick Ross Ft Drake & French Montana - Stay Scheming (OFFICIAL VIDEO 2012)". Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rick Ross – Stay Schemin' ft. Drake & French Montana [Audio/Video]". Retrieved May 29, 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
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  7. ^ "Common - Stay Schemin(Drake Diss)".  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ "Joell Ortiz - Stay Schemin Freestyle".  External link in |work= (help)
  9. ^ "Joe Budden - Stay Schemin (Freestyle)".  External link in |work= (help)
  10. ^ "Meek Mill - Stay Schemin (Freestyle) [Radio Rip]".  External link in |work= (help)
  11. ^ "GUNPLAY - STAY SCHEMIN FREESTYLE".  External link in |work= (help)
  12. ^ "Chamillionaire - Stay Schemin Freestyle".  External link in |work= (help)
  13. ^ "Lola Monroe- Stay Schemin' Freestyle".  External link in |work= (help)
  14. ^ "Lil Twist - Stay Schemin [Freestyle] 2012".  External link in |work= (help)
  15. ^ "Stay Schemin - Tyga Freestyle".  External link in |work= (help)
  16. ^ "ASAP Rocky - Stay Schemin' Freestyle".  External link in |work= (help)
  17. ^ "Issue Date: Saturday May 12, 2012". Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Week of May 05, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-05-28.