Wet the Bed

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"Wet the Bed"
Single by Chris Brown featuring Ludacris
from the album F.A.M.E.
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2011 (airplay)
RecordedThe Record Plant
(Los Angeles; California)
Length4:26 (album version)
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Better with the Lights Off"
"Wet the Bed"
"International Love"
Ludacris singles chronology
"Little Bad Girl"
"Wet the Bed"
"Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"

"Wet the Bed" is a song by American R&B recording artist Chris Brown featuring American rapper Ludacris, from his fourth studio album F.A.M.E. (2011). It was written by Brown, Kevin McCall, Amber Streeter, and Christopher Bridges, and produced by Bigg D. Lyrically, the song sees Brown and Ludacris exploring ways to leave a woman satisfied. "Wet the Bed" received mixed reviews from most music critics, who were ambivalent towards its lyrics. It was released as a single and has appeared on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number twenty-five. The song has been performed live at the album's listening party, as well as on Brown's F.A.M.E. Tour.

Background and composition[edit]

"Wet the Bed" was written by Brown, Derrick "Bigg D" Baker, Steven Kubie, Kevin McCall, Sevyn Streeter, Andre Merritt, Joseph Bereal and Christopher Bridges, while the production was handled by Bigg D and Steven "Q-Beatz" Kubie aka "The Kid" at South Beach Studios, Miami with engineers Eric Manco and Ryan Coplan.[1] It was recorded and mixed by Brian Springer at The Record Plant—a studio in Los Angeles, California.[1] "Wet the Bed" is a slow-tempo R&B song.[2] The song begins with keys laced over a beat of dripping sound effects.[2][3] It also makes use of acoustic guitar.[3] According to Brad Wete from Entertainment Weekly, the song "rival[s] the bump-'n'-grind heights of '90s Casanova crew Jodeci."[4] Ludacris opens the song proclaiming: "Hear the sound of your body drip, drip, drip / As I kiss both sexy lip, lip, lips."[2] Using "blatant sexual metaphors", Brown then sings: "I ain't afraid to drown, if that means I deep up in your ocean yeah / Girl I'll drink you down, sipping on your body all night."[2]

Live performances[edit]

Brown and Ludacris performed the song live for the first time at a listening party for Brown's album F.A.M.E on March 18, 2011.[5] For the performance, Brown wore navy pants and a blue hoodie reading "F.A.M.E.", while Ludacris wore sunglasses, a black shirt and jacket, and grey pants.[5] In April 2011, Brown embarked on his F.A.M.E. Tour in Australia, where he performed "Wet the Bed" as part of the concert's setlist.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Steve Jones from USA Today called the song "salacious" and wrote that Brown is "taking it to the next phase."[7] Joanne Dorken from MTV UK felt "rather apprehensive" of the song, and noted it "sees Breezy exploring ways to er, leave a woman satisfied."[8] Nick Levine from BBC Music wrote that "Brown's identity crisis is betrayed most blatantly by the sequencing of "Wet the Bed.""[9] Hannah Ash from The Harber Herald criticized the song's lyrics for being "kind of a gross-out and really don't need to be paid attention to", but praised Brown's "beautiful vocals, so that makes up for it."[10] Eric Henderson from Slant Magazine criticized the song's opening verse, as well as Ludarcris' verse, "Women call me the Super Soaker and Ima soak your bed to death", as "some new form of jizz torture."[11] Calling the song an "over-the-top hyper-sexual", Chad Grischow from IGN wrote that it is the "kind of excessively crude sludge that would have made 12 Play era R. Kelly blush."[3] Cristin Maher from PopCrush wrote that "it is almost shocking to hear the unbelievably lustful lyrics projecting from Brown as he sings the song".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

In the issue dated July 30, 2011, "Wet the Bed" debuted at number 89 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[12] and peaked at number nine in the issue dated October 8, 2011.[13] On the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song debuted at number 96 in the issue dated September 24, 2011 and peaked at number 77.[14]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes for F.A.M.E..[15]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Radio add dates[edit]

Country Date Format
United States[22] September 13, 2011 Urban contemporary radio


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  3. ^ a b c Grischow, Chad (March 21, 2011). "Chris Brown: F.A.M.E. Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Wete, Brad (March 9, 2011). "F.A.M.E. Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Michelle (March 18, 2011). "Chris Brown x Ludacris perform "Wet The Bed" at F.A.M.E. listening party, Atlanta (Video)". Soulculture.co.uk. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Skinner, Briony (April 30, 2011). "Synced or not, Chris Brown sex appeal wins Brisbane's hearts". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  7. ^ Jones, Steve (March 22, 2011). "Listen Up: Chris Brown, The Strokes, more". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Dorken, Joanne (March 16, 2011). "Chris Brown 'F.A.M.E.' – Track By Track Review". MTV UK. MTV Networks. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Levine, Nick (March 21, 2011). "Music – Review of Chris Brown – F.A.M.E." BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  10. ^ Ash, Hannah (April 25, 2011). "Chris Brown F.A.M.E. review". The Harber Herald. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Henderson, Eric (March 24, 2011). "Chris Brown: F.A.M.E. | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  12. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Week of July 30, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. July 30, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "R&B/Hip Hop Songs: Week of October 8, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. October 8, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  14. ^ "Hot 100: Week of September 14, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. September 24, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  15. ^ "Chris Brown – F.A.M.E. (Deluxe Edition)" (PDF). Assets.sonymusic.com. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  16. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on December 10, 2011.
  20. ^ "Best of 2012 – R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Brown – Wet the Bed". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 22, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  22. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on September 14, 2011.

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