Yikes (song)

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"Yikes"
Yikes by Kanye West.jpg
Single by Kanye West
from the album Ye
Released June 11, 2018 (2018-06-11)
Format
Recorded 2018
Studio West's ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Length 3:08
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Watch"
(2018)
"Yikes"
(2018)
"All Mine"
(2018)

"Watch"
(2018)
"Yikes"
(2018)
"All Mine"
(2018)

"Yikes" is a song by American rapper Kanye West. It was released as the lead single from West's eighth studio album, Ye (2018), on June 11, 2018 by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings.[1] The song was released as a single to UK mainstream radio on June 8.[2] The song was produced by West and co-produced by Mike Dean, with additional production by Pi'erre Bourne and Apex Martin. The producers wrote the song alongside rappers Drake, Cyhi the Prynce, Consequence, 070 Shake, Malik Yusef, Kenneth Pershon, Bump J and Pardison Fontaine, as well as James Mbarack Achieng and Ayub Ogada, whose song "Kothbiro" is sampled on the track.

Background[edit]

Radio host Peter Rosenberg originally reported Canandian rapper Drake to have contributed songwriting to the track, which was initially uncredited.[3] American producer Pi'erre Bourne also claimed that he worked on the track but that the credits weren't updated yet to show his contributions.[4] The digital credits for the song were later updated to include extra songwriting credits.[5]

Composition[edit]

The track contains a sample of "Kothbiro", written by James Mbarack Achieng and Ayub Ogada, and performed by Black Savage.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Ann-Derrick Gaillot of The Outline described the track's beat as being 'horror film-esque'.[7] Chris Hooton of The Independent described "Yikes" as having 'The kind of pop opening to a track we haven't heard Kanye since his 808s and Heartbreak days.'[8] Reviewing Ye for Vice, Robert Christgau said "Yikes" featured the album's "assiest moment", when West "claims #MeToo for his foggy fat self, and if it's also the catchiest, fuck you if you can't take a joke."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon the release of Ye, before being released as a single.[10] The song marked West's first solo song without any featured artists to reach the top 10 of the Hot 100 since "Heartless" reached number 2 in 2008.[11]

After being released as a single, the track made its debut at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.[12] "Yikes" performed best in Canada, charting at number 6 on the Canadian Hot 100.[13]

On 19th July 2018, the song was certified Gold in the US.[14]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[15]

  • Kanye West – production, vocals
  • Mike Dean – co-production, engineering, mixing
  • Andrew Dawson – engineering, programming
  • Mike Malchicoff – engineering
  • Zack Djurich – engineering
  • Sean Solymar – assistant recording engineering
  • Jess Jackson – mixing
  • Pi'erre Bourne – additional production
  • Apex Martin – additional production
  • Noah Goldstein – recording engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 18
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 44
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 6
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[19] 33
Denmark (Tracklisten)[20] 32
Germany (Official German Charts)[21] 84
Hungary (Single Top 40)[22] 34
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[23] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[24] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 77
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[26] 11
Portugal (AFP)[27] 30
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 83
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[29] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 73
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 32
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[32] 10
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[33] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[34] 8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[35] 7
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[36] 25

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[37] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom June 8, 2018 Mainstream radio [38]
United States June 11, 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio [39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kanye West Picks 'Yikes' As Lead Single from 'ye'". Hip Hop N More. June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  2. ^ Peake, Kyle (2018-06-08). "BBC - Radio 1 - Playlist". BBC. Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Did Drake Write the Chorus of Kanye West's "Yikes"?". 4 June 2018. 
  4. ^ https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.47162/title.pierre-bourne-says-he-should-be-credited-as-producer-for-kanye-wests-yikes
  5. ^ "Drake Revealed as Co-Writer on New Kanye Song, JAY-Z Credited on New Pusha-T Album". Pitchfork. June 13, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Here's Every Sample & Featured Artist On Kanye West's 'Ye' Album". Vibe. June 1, 2018. Retrieved June 3, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Kanye West is finally out of ideas". The Outline. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Kanye West new album 'ye' review: First listen and impressions live on the 7-track return". The Independent. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 13, 2018). "Robert Christgau on G.O.O.D Music's Good (and Less Good) Music". Vice. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Kanye West Debuts All 7 Songs From 'Ye' in Billboard Hot 100's Top 40". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 26, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Kanye West full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved July 28, 2018. 
  15. ^ "ye / Kanye West". Tidal. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Kanye West – Yikes". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kanye West – Yikes" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201823 into search. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 23, 2018". Hitlisten. Retrieved June 13, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kanye West – Yikes". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  23. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  24. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kanye West – Yikes" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  26. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 11, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Kanye West – Yikes". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  28. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  29. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201823 into search. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  30. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved June 13, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kanye West – Yikes". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  32. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  33. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  34. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  35. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  36. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  37. ^ "American single certifications – Kanye West – Yikes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 28, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  38. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Playlist". BBC Radio 1. June 1, 2018. Archived from the original on June 9, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  39. ^ "Kanye West picks 'Yikes' as lead single from 'ye'". hiphop-n-more.com. 

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