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"Humble" (stylized as "HUMBLE.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on March 30, 2017, by Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The song, written by Lamar and Mike Will Made It and produced by the latter,[3] was serviced to rhythmic contemporary radio as the lead single from Lamar's fourth studio album, Damn, released on April 14, 2017.[4] The single became Lamar's second number-one song on the US Billboard Hot 100 after "Bad Blood" and his first as a lead artist.

"Humble"
Humble kendrick lamar.jpg
Single by Kendrick Lamar
from the album Damn
Released March 30, 2017
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016–2017
Genre Hip hop
Length 2:57[1]
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kendrick Lamar singles chronology
"Goosebumps"
(2016)
"Humble"
(2017)
"Perfect Pint"
(2017)
"Goosebumps"
(2016)
"Humble"
(2017)
"Perfect Pint"
(2017)
Damn track listing
"Pride"
(7)
"Humble"
(8)
"Lust"
(9)
Music video
"Humble" on YouTube

Contents

RecordingEdit

"Humble" was the first song to be recorded for the album.[5] The beat for "Humble" was developed by Mike Will with the intention of recording with Gucci Mane, but later showed it to Lamar, thinking that this would be the first time Lamar had recorded with a trap-style beat that Mike Will had been known for. After recording, it was initially agreed upon that it would be released on Mike Will's debut album Ransom 2, but others convinced Lamar to keep it for his own next album.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

On the day of its release Pitchfork named it Best New Track noting that "Humble" is a "hard-nosed G check of his lessers, that pivots into imperfect critiques of beauty standards".[6] NPR's Andrew Flanagan thought, "the song, less exploration of contrition on the part of Lamar than an instruction to his peers, picks up a thread NPR Music first examined following that album teaser: how the "best rapper alive" might explore the theme of God, religion and personal growth."[7] For Alex Young of Consequence of Sound, "it's got all the ingredients of a proper lead single: a Mike WiLL Made It-produced beat built on piano and 808 bass, a chorus you can spit along to (“Sit down/ Be humble”), and shoutouts to Grey Poupon and the former president."[8] Writing for The Guardian, Harriet Gibson opined the song "is sparse and rigid, beginning with the crunching swipes of an electric guitar, and is led by beats and sinister stabs of piano. It is a showcase for his authoritative lyricism and preacher-like message, while the instrumentation is far from the complex jazz and funk sounds of To Pimp a Butterfly... In fact, Humble has more in common with grime's minimalism than it does the vintage stylings of his recent output."[9]

Chart performanceEdit

"Humble" debuted at number two and later peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Lamar's first number one and highest-charting single as a lead artist, surpassing "Swimming Pools (Drank)", which peaked at number 17 in 2012.[10][11] It is his second number one single overall after "Bad Blood", a collaboration with Taylor Swift. It is also his fourth top 10 single, and marked the highest debut for a hip hop song since "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna. Selling well over 111,000 copies in its first week, "Humble" became Kendrick Lamar's second number one on the Digital Songs chart, following "Bad Blood".[10]

The song also peaked at number one in New Zealand, and reached the top 10 in Australia, Ireland, Canada and the UK.

Music videoEdit

The song's accompanying music video was released on March 30, 2017 on Kendrick Lamar's Vevo account. The video was directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies.[12] The video starts with Lamar dressed like the pope in a cope, the scene then shows Lamar in all black lying on a table of money, "ignorantly" shooting loads of bills from a cash cannon. It also features a reenactment of Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century painting, the Last Supper. Lamar sits in Jesus' chair as his disciples "unappreciatively" gorge on wine and bread.[13] He is also seen teeing off on top of a car, passing mustard between cars mimicking a Grey Poupon commercial and at one point the top of his head is in flames.[14] Fellow TDE rapper Jay Rock and producer Sounwave appear in the video alongside other TDE members.

Reviewing it, Billboard editor Brad Wete thought it "is a poignant exercise in irony and is also filled with messaging that could be perceived as anti-conformist." He concluded saying "His raps are filterless; he tells it like it is. So it’s no surprise that this dynamic video is essentially what Lamar is as an artist: balanced with a clear message."[13] Althea Legaspi of Rolling Stone described it as "richly symbolic."[14] For Harriet Gibson of The Guardian, "the brilliantly cinematic video, with its fish-eye lens and cartoonish stylising, recalls classic Hype Williams, and leads the viewer through these passages of assignation, fleshing out Lamar’s ideas. It breathes life into a song that would hardly be considered his greatest creation, but neatly lays out a mood of intent."[9] Matt Miller of Esquire opined about the rapper's videography, "in recent years, Kendrick Lamar has revived the music video as a powerful form of social commentary."[15]

RemixesEdit

Many remixes have been made, including by singer Ne-Yo, released on May 3, 2017.[16]

Live performancesEdit

Lamar performed "Humble" live as a closer[17] at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 23, 2017.[18][19]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the official Damn digital booklet.[2]

  • Kendrick Lamar – songwriter
  • Mike Will Made It – songwriter, producer
  • Matt Schaeffer – guitar
  • Derek Ali – mixing
  • Tyler Page – mix assistant
  • Cyrus Taghipour – mix assistant

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 2
Australia Urban (ARIA)[21] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[22] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[23] 15
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[24] 5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[25] 2
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[26] 10
Denmark (Tracklisten)[27] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 14
France (SNEP)[29] 21
Germany (Official German Charts)[30] 11
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[31] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 4
Italy (FIMI)[33] 29
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[34] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[35] 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[36] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[37] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[38] 10
Portugal (AFP)[39] 3
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[40] 31
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[41] 5
South Korea International Chart (Gaon)[42] 36
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[43] 68
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[44] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[45] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[46] 6
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[47] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[48] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[49] 36
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[50] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[51] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[52] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Silver 200,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide March 30, 2017 Digital download [54]
United States April 4, 2017 Rhythmic contemporary radio [4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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