Lift Yourself

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"Lift Yourself"
Lift yourself cover.jpg
Single by Kanye West
Released April 29, 2018
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 2:27
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Ye vs. the People"
(2018)
"Lift Yourself"
(2018)
"Watch"
(2018)

"Ye vs. the People"
(2018)
"Lift Yourself"
(2018)
"Watch"
(2018)

"Lift Yourself" is a song by Kanye West. It was shared on West's website on April 27, 2018, and released as a single two days later.[3][4][5]

Background[edit]

Very shortly before the track was released, West had taken to Twitter to announce it.[6] "Lift Yourself" is built around a beat sampled from the 1973 soul song "Liberty" by the group Amnesty (from the album “FREE YOUR MIND”), the vocals of which dominate the first half of the song. West appears in the second half, rapping idiosyncratic, nonsensical phrases based around the words "poop", "scoop", and "whoop", after which the song abruptly ends. This was possibly a tongue-in-cheek statement directed at Ebro Darden, a radio disc jockey for WQHT Hot 97, who had recently criticized West for his vocal support of President Donald Trump. West had called him out on Twitter, promising a song that would "bring Ebro the closure he's been seeking".[7] Pusha T revealed on May 25 that a version of the song with "real other lyrics" exists and is pending release.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

It entered the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at number five, with 4,000 copies sold and 7.2 million streams in its first week.[9] The following week, the single rose to number two on the same chart.[10]

Reception[edit]

Pitchfork described it as a "strange, gibberish track".[11]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[12]

  • Kanye West – lead artist, production
  • Mike Dean – additional production, mastering
  • Benji B – programming
  • Noah Goldstein – programming, recording, mixing
  • Andrés Osorio – recording assistance
  • Sean Solymar – recording assistance

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 94
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[14] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 91
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[16] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various April 29, 2018 Digital download [17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Chris (April 28, 2018). "Kanye West drops new song Lift Yourself - and its lyrics are unexpected". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved April 29, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Kanye West could release 'Live Yourself' with actual lyrics". Tuscon.com. May 28, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Kanye West Previews New Song 'Lift Yourself'". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Kanye West Drops New Song 'Lift Yourself' with Some Unexpected Lyrics". Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Kanye Trolls Everyone with New Song "Lift Yourself": Listen". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Kanye West Announces New Song "Lift Yourself"". Highsnobiety. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Kanye West Dedicates Upcoming "Lift Yourself" Track To Ebro". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 
  8. ^ Lift yourself
  9. ^ Zellner, Xandler (May 8, 2018). "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Kanye West's 'Ye vs. The People' Debuts". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  10. ^ Peake, Kyle (May 15, 2018). "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Kanye West Drops New Song "Ye vs. the People" With T.I.: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Lift Yourself / Kanye West". Tidal. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  13. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  14. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 7, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Lift Yourself - Single by Kanye West". iTunes Store. 
  18. ^ "Lift Yourself - Single by Kanye West". iTunes Store. 

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