Figure It Out (French Montana song)

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"Figure It Out"
Single by French Montana featuring Kanye West and Nas
from the album Wave Gods and MC4
Released May 6, 2016
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 4:01
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
French Montana singles chronology
"All the Way Up"
(2016)
"Figure It Out"
(2016)
"Lockjaw"
(2016)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Pop Style"
(2016)
"Figure It Out"
(2016)
"That Part"
(2016)
Nas singles chronology
"The Sickness"
(2016)
"'Figure It Out"
(2016)
"Deep"
(2016)

"Figure It Out" is a single by American rapper French Montana, featuring Kanye West and Nas. The track was released on May 6, 2016 as the first single from Montana's mixtape MC4 (2016).[1] It was also released as the first single from his mixtape Wave Gods (2016), which was released at an earlier date than the single itself.[2]

Background

Montana initially revealed that he had been working on music with West in July 2014 when he shared a snippet of a collaboration between them via Instagram.[3] However, this snippet was revealed at a later date to be part of an unreleased track titled "Ass Shots" when it surfaced online in full.[4]

"Figure It Out" didn't mark the only time that Montana was involved musically with West in its year of release, since he had vocals on "Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission" from West's album The Life of Pablo (2016).

Composition

Multiple elements are sampled from We Are the Take's 2010 song "Montreal Love Song" throughout the track, most noticeably the vocals "I can't figure it, I can't figure it out, out".[5] As well as this, drums from 1968 single "Get Out of My Life Woman" by Solomon Burke are sampled throughout.[6]

Music video

On March 6, 2016, Montana shared a photo online of him and the two featured artists filming a music video for the song.[7] It was officially released on May 5, 2016 and was filmed in a desert.[8] Two days after the release of the music video, West tweeted out a link to it and also expressed his enjoyment from filming with Montana and Nas.[9]

Charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[10] 4

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various May 6, 2016 Digital download Epic [11][12]

References

  1. ^ "Premiere: Here's the Tracklist for French Montana's 'MC4' Album f/ Drake, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, and More". Complex. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "French Montana, Kanye West And Nas Drop "Figure It Out," Reference Bill Cosby, Chinx Drugz". Mic. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "French Montana Leaks Two New Kanye Bars". The FADER. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Unreleased Kanye West Track "Ass Shots" Surfaces". Highsnobiety. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "French Montana feat. Kanye West and Nas's 'Figure It Out' sample of We Are the Take's 'Montreal Love Song'". WhoSampled. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "French Montana feat. Kanye West and Nas's 'Figure It Out' sample of Solomon Burke's 'Get Out of My Life Woman'". WhoSampled. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "French Montana shares photo of him, Kanye and Nas filming a new video". NME. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Video: French Montana feat. Kanye West & Nas – 'Figure It Out'". Rap-Up. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kanye West on French Montana's New Video: 'Rap Can Be Fun'". Fuse. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Figure It Out (feat. Kanye West & Nas) - Single by French Montana on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Figure It Out (feat. Kanye West & Nas) - Single by French Montana on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved September 4, 2018.

External links

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