Tapout (song)

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Single by Birdman featuring Lil Wayne, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj and Future
from the album Rich Gang
B-side"Fly Rich"
ReleasedMarch 12, 2013
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
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Music video
"Tapout" on YouTube

"Tapout" is a song by American hip hop group Rich Gang featuring rappers Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj and Future. The song was the first single off of the YMCMB compilation album, Rich Gang. The song is produced by Southside & TM88 and is co-produced by Detail. It also features uncredited vocals from its co-producer, Noel "Detail" Fisher. The song was premiered on March 12, 2013, and was available for digital download on March 19. The song has since peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Birdman confirmed the release of the song on March 12, 2013,[5] and was released that day as planned.[6] The song premiered on Hot 97 with Funkmaster Flex on March 12, 2013. It was officially released as a digital download on March 19, 2013.[7] The song was available as a digital download in UK on March 24,[8] and in France on March 25.[9] On May 7, "Tapout" was released to rhythmic contemporary radio.[10]

Music video[edit]

Nicki Minaj confirmed a video shoot on March 11, 2013 but it was unknown for what song.[11] Birdman confirmed on his Twitter that the video shoot was for "Tapout".[5] The video (directed by Hannah Lux Davis) was released on May 5, 2013 and featured cameos from Kimora Lee Simmons, DJ Khaled, Bow Wow, Paris Hilton and Christina Milian.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

"Tapout" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Dan Rys of XXL said, "With Future on the hook, the song was always going to be a memorable club staple, but the best thing about it is how everyone on it—Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj and Detail—grabs the beat and puts their own individual stamp on it."[13] David Jeffries of AllMusic stated, ""Tapout" is an all-star bit of flash that brings Future back to mix with the label's A-list."[14]

XXL ranked it at number 18 on their list of the best songs of 2013. They commented saying, "Wayne kicks things off with a verse that, while not the most original, was still entertaining, while Birdman carries the bridge to the only part that really matters, and the only part that keeps this song on the list: Nicki Minaj. Here's to nominating "Pull up in that you can't afford this / Only rap bitch on the Forbes list" for couplet of the year. That and, of course, that hook is infectious as hell."[15]

Chart performance[edit]

The song has peaked at number 134 in France and at number 40 on in Belgium, becoming Birdman and Mack Maine's first entries in those countries.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[16] 37
France (SNEP)[17] 134
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 44
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[19] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[20] 41
US Rap Songs (Billboard)[21] 31


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States[7] March 19, 2013 Digital download
United Kingdom[8] March 24, 2013
France[9] March 25, 2013
United States[10] May 7, 2013 Rhythmic contemporary radio


  1. ^ "Birdman Presents Rich Gang ft. Lil Wayne, Future, Mack Maine & Nicki Minaj - Tapout". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Birdman – Tapout ft. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine & Future [Video] · HipHopCanada.com - Your Gateway To Canadian Hip-Hop". HipHopCanada.com. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  3. ^ Lauren Nostro. "Rich Gang "Tapout" (2013) - Super Base: Nicki Minaj's Dirtiest Lines - Complex". Complex. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Free Music Videos, Video Interviews, Music Video News, Live Sessions and Clips - NME.COM - - NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b Twitter: Tapout song 2day and video shoot 2day... Richgang YMCMB Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Twitter: RT @GhostZoneMedia: @1future #YMCMB | @BirdMan5Star - Tap Out [Feat @LilTunechi, @1Future, @MackMaine & @NickiMinaj "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b iTunes: Tapout (Explicit Version) Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  8. ^ a b iTunes (UK): Tapout (feat. Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj & Future) - Single Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  9. ^ a b iTunes (FR): Tapout (feat. Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj & Future) - Single Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases - R&B Song and Hip-Hop Music Release Dates - ..." All Access. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  11. ^ Twitter: Video shoot today, video shoot tmrw... Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  12. ^ "Rich Gang Pull Off A Heist In 'Tapout' Video With Paris Hilton, Christina Milian". RapFix. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  13. ^ "YMCMB - 'Rich Gang' Album Review - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  14. ^ David Jeffries. "Rich Gang - Rich Gang - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  15. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/12/the-25-best-songs-of-2013/3/
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rich Gang feat. Lil Wayne, Birdman, Future, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj – Tapout" (in French). Ultratip.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Rich Gang feat. Lil Wayne, Birdman, Future, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj – Tapout" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Rich Gang Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Rich Gang Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  21. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — Rap Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Rich Gang – Tapout". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.