U Mad

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"U Mad"
Single by Vic Mensa featuring Kanye West
ReleasedApril 20, 2015
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
Length4:59
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Vic Mensa singles chronology
"Down on My Luck"
(2014)
"U Mad"
(2015)
"Have U Eva"
(2015)
Kanye West singles chronology
"All Day"
(2015)
"U Mad"
(2015)
"One Man Can Change the World"
(2015)

"U Mad" is a single by American rap artist Vic Mensa, featuring fellow rapper Kanye West. It was released on April 20, 2015 as a non-album single.[1]

Background[edit]

On 9th April 2015, a recording was uploaded online of West's verse on the song.[2] Post-release of the track, speculation had it that Mensa stole it from a French rapper.[3]

Composition[edit]

The vocals "South, south, south side!" by featured artist West in "U Mad" were sampled from his 2015 single "All Day".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Rolling Stone praised the featured rapper's part of the song, writing: 'West drags out the ends of his sentences during his self-deprecating verse, making for a more mellow tone against the aggressive beat reminiscent of West’s “All Day.”'.[5]

Music video[edit]

On 9th June 2015, a music video was officially released for the track.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The single only charted on the week it was released, reaching number 6 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[8] 6

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various April 20, 2015 Digital download [9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vic Mensa 'The Autobiography' Track List Revealed". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Here's a Recording of Kanye's Verse on Vic Mensa's "U Mad," Which Is Coming Out Very Soon". Noisey. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Did Vic Mensa Bite "U Mad" From a French Rapper?". Complex. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Vic Mensa and Kanye West's 'U Mad' sample of Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney's 'All Day'". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kanye West Wonders Why 'U Mad' on New Vic Mensa Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Vic Mensa Gets Crazy With Kanye West in 'U Mad' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Vic Mensa Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "U Mad (feat. Kanye West) - Single by Vic Mensa on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "U Mad (feat. Kanye West) - Single by Vic Mensa on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 3, 2018.

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