Daydreamin' (Lupe Fiasco song)

"Daydreamin'" is the third single taken from Lupe Fiasco's album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (2006) and features soul singer Jill Scott.

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Single by Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott
from the album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2006
GenreHip hop
Lupe Fiasco singles chronology
"I Gotcha"
"The Emperor's Soundtrack"
Jill Scott singles chronology
"The Fact Is (I Need You)"
"Hate on Me"
Audio sample
Music video
"Darydreamin" on YouTube


The single is based on a sample of "Daydream in Blue" by I Monster, a song that samples "Daydream" by Gunter Kallmann Choir (which in itself is a cover, the original being written by The Wallace Collection). The song's lyrics depict an adventure being experienced through the eyes of a robot. The song's lyrics are also a critique of pop culture, especially of the current state of hip hop music.

The song was released in the UK and US on September 11, 2006; however, a download-only version was available one week earlier and charted at #46 (without any physical sales).

In 2008 "Daydreamin'" won the Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. It was ranked the best rap song of 2006 by many publications.

This song was also featured in an AT&T commercial during May 2008 for a Samsung phone.[citation needed]

Music videoEdit

A music video was created for the song; it shows Lupe Fiasco at a record store, where he meets and befriends a robot. Jill Scott is shown in a video projected on the wall, singing with a flower in her hair in a manner reminiscent of Billie Holiday.


Young Buck did a freestyle remix over the instrumental to this song, and is the first track, featured on G-Unit Radio Pt. 24: The Clean Up Man.

Chamillionaire made a remix on his Mixtape Messiah 7.

Track listingsEdit

  • CD: 1
  1. "Daydreamin'" (featuring Jill Scott)
  2. "Kick, Push" (remix) (featuring Pharrell)
  • CD: 2
  1. "Daydreamin'" (featuring Jill Scott)
  2. "Kick, Push" (remix) (featuring Pharrell)
  3. "Daydreamin'" (Video)
  • 12" Vinyl
  1. "Daydreamin'" (radio edit) (featuring Jill Scott)
  2. "Daydreamin'" (instrumental)
  3. "Daydreamin'" (album version) (featuring Jill Scott)
  4. "Theme Music to a Drive-By"


The song was not a major success on the Billboard charts, but it did begin to pick up steam on the digital download charts, peaking at #26 on the iTunes hip-hop/rap charts and #32 on the Amazon hip-hop/rap charts as of May 1, 2008.

Chart (2006) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 40
Denmark Airplay (Tracklisten)[1] 1
UK Singles Chart 25
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 63

In popular cultureEdit

A further remixed version of I Monster's work is used in the 2016 episode "" in Season 2 of the series Mr. Robot, which is often mistaken for the Lupe Fiasco version. The music that appears in the show uses parts that only appear in the 1998 song, and no vocals or changes from the Fiasco version are present.[2]


  1. ^ "Lupe Fiasco – Daydreamin'" (in Danish). Tracklisten.
  2. ^ ""Mr. Robot" (TV Episode 2016) - IMDb".

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