Father Stretch My Hands

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"
Single by Kanye West
from the album The Life of Pablo
Released June 7, 2016 (2016-06-07)
Format
Recorded 2016
Length 2:16
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"That Part"
(2016)
"Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)
"That Part"
(2016)
"Father Stretch My Hands"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)
"Pt. 2"
Single by Kanye West
from the album The Life of Pablo
Released June 7, 2016 (2016-06-07)
Format
Recorded 2016
Length 2:10
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"That Part"
(2016)
"Pt. 2"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)
"That Part"
(2016)
"Father Stretch My Hands"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)

"Father Stretch My Hands" is a two-part song by American rapper Kanye West. It was released as the second single from his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo (2016).

Composition[edit]

The album version of the song is split into two parts: "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" featuring vocals by Kid Cudi and Kelly Price,[1] and "Pt. 2" featuring vocals by Desiigner and Caroline Shaw. The song is built around a sample of the song of the same title, performed and written by T. L. Barrett, with "Pt. 2" featuring prominent interpolations of "Panda", performed by Desiigner.[2][3] A 'rough cut' of the song was first released online in February 2016.[4]

GQ wrote that the two-part track "begins as a gospel song about fucking models, transitions halfway into a soul-baring confessional dance track, then drops in two entire verses of an entirely different song about drug-dealing and cars by an 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper, before resolving into a meditative piece for vocoder by a contemporary classical composer and ending with a snippet of the sampled gospel song that the whole thing started from, just to remind you how far we've traveled from there in the span of four minutes."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Complex listed the two parts of the song as twenty-fourth and third best song of 2016 so far in their list published on June 16, 2016.[6]

Samples[edit]

Pt. 1[edit]

Pt. 2[edit]

Charts[edit]

Pt. 1[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 54
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 37
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 14
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[13] 10

Pt. 2[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 70
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 54
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ihaza, Jeff (2016-06-02). "Why It's Cool For Justin Bieber And Kanye West To Wear Their Own Merch". The Fader. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  2. ^ Bartleet, Larry (2016-05-22). "Stephen Colbert parodies Kanye West's 'Ellen' speech". NME. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  3. ^ Simmons, Ted (2016-06-17). "Kanye West Chooses Next Single From 'The Life of Pablo' - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  4. ^ Miller, Matt (2016-06-15). "New Kanye West Song "Saint Pablo": Listen to the New Song Kanye Added to The Life of Pablo". Esquire. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  5. ^ Raymer, Miles. "The Life of Pablo: Kanye West's Opus of Chaos". GQ. Condé Nast. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Best Songs of 2016 (So Far)". Complex. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 by Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 by Kanye West feat. Desiigner and Caroline Shaw on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  9. ^ Wickman, Forrest (2016-02-14). "Your Track-by-Track Guide to Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  10. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2016-04-14" UK Singles Chart.
  11. ^ a b "Kanye West – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kanye West. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Kanye West – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Kanye West. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  13. ^ "Kanye West – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Kanye West. Retrieved September 8, 2017.

External links[edit]