Wouldn't Leave

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"Wouldn't Leave"
Song by Kanye West
from the album Ye
ReleasedJune 1, 2018
Recorded2018
StudioWest's ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
GenreHip hop
Length3:25
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"Wouldn't Leave" is a song by American hip-hop artist Kanye West from his eighth studio album, Ye (2018). The track includes vocals from PartyNextDoor, Ty Dolla Sign and Jeremih. It was covered by August Alsina in October 2018. For the most part, the track received critical acclaim. It references West's controversies linked to slavery and Sway Calloway.

Background[edit]

On June 4, 2018, three days after Ye's release, West's wife Kim Kardashian revealed that the song was the only one from the album that he didn't play for her properly until the last minute and also that she's a fan of it at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.[1] American rapper August Alsina shared his cover version on October 2, 2018.[2]

Composition[edit]

A sample of "Baptizing Scene" by Reverend W.A. Donaldson is used within "Wouldn't Leave", which is not the first time West has sampled this song, since he sampled it in the collaborative single "Niggas In Paris" with Jay-Z back in 2011.[3] West looks at Kardashian's loyalty in not leaving him after his controversial comments about slavery made earlier in the year.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song was generally positively received by music critics. In comparison to West's two non-album singles "Ye vs. the People" and "Lift Yourself" from 2018, the track was described along with "Yikes" from the same album as it by Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone as West having "even drearier complaints on deck."[5] Kitty Empire of The Observer described it in connection to "Yikes" as being "another track with a superficially twinkly mien."[6]

Jonah Bromwich of Pitchfork wrote in response to "Wouldn't Leave": "The music is an army of prayer hands, floating on a wave—please and thank you and praise you all at once—all for Kim. Because even after he offers her that exit, he raps, 'she wouldn't leave.'"[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the same week that Ye was released, the song made its debut on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 24.[8] It debuted at a similar position of number 25 on the Canadian Hot 100 in the same week.[9] "Wouldn't Leave" also charted at number 33 on the ARIA Singles Chart upon the album's release.[10]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[11]

  • Kanye West – production, vocals
  • Ty Dolla Sign – co-production, vocals
  • Mike Dean – additional production, engineering, mixing
  • Noah Goldstein – additional production, recording engineering
  • Mike Malchicoff – engineering
  • Zack Djurich – engineering
  • Sean Solymar – assistant recording engineering
  • Jess Jackson – mixing
  • PartyNextDoor – vocals
  • Jeremih – vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 33
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 24
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[14] 73
France (SNEP)[15] 153
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[16] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 21
Portugal (AFP)[19] 54
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 35
Swedish Heatseekers (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 12
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[22] 8
UK Streaming (Official Charts Company)[23] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 24
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[25] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyle, Kelli (June 5, 2018). "Kim Kardashian's Reaction To Kanye West's "Wouldn't Leave" Is So Supportive". Elite Daily. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Findlay, Mitch (October 2, 2018). "August Alsina Reimagines Kanye West On "Wouldn't Leave"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Thompson, Desire (June 1, 2018). "Here's Every Sample & Featured Artist On Kanye West's 'Ye' Album". Vibe. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Rhiannon, Alexis (June 1, 2018). "Kanye West's Lyrics About Kim Kardashian In "Wouldn't Leave" Tell The Story Of Behind-The-Scenes Loyalty". Bustle. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Sheffield, Rob (June 5, 2018). "Review: Kanye West's Chaotic, Insecure 'Ye'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Empire, Kitty (June 2, 2018). "Kanye West: Ye review – self-righteous, soulful and still shocking | Music". The Observer. The Guardian. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Bromwich, Jonah (June 1, 2018). ""Wouldn't Leave" by Kanye West Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Zellner, Xander; Trust, Gary (June 12, 2018). "Kanye West Debuts All 7 Songs From 'Ye' in Billboard Hot 100's Top 40". Billboard. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Canadian Music: Top 100 Songs – June 16, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kanye West debuts at #1 with ye". ARIA. June 9, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "ye / Kanye West". Tidal. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Kanye West – Wouldn't Leave". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201823 into search. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kanye West – Wouldn't Leave" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 23/2018". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 2018-06-18. Retrieved April 21, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  17. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Kanye West". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 11, 2018. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Kanye West – Wouldn't Leave". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201823 into search. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 23, 8 juni 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  22. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Audio Streaming Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  25. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2018.

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