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"In Public" is a song by American singer Kelis, featuring American rapper Nas, taken from the former's third studio album, Tasty (2003). It was released on April 4, 2005, as the album's fourth and final single. Kelis co-wrote the song with its producer, Rockwilder.

"In Public"
Kelis - In Public.png
Single by Kelis featuring Nas
from the album Tasty
ReleasedApril 4, 2005 (2005-04-04)
StudioMirror Image Recorders
(New York City, New York)
Kelis singles chronology
"In Public"
Nas singles chronology
"Just a Moment"
"In Public"
"Road to Zion"

Like previous singles "Trick Me" and "Millionaire", "In Public" was not released in the United States. Although no music video was filmed for the song, it managed to reach number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The track was originally due to be released as a double A-side single with the track "Glow",[1] although this did not happen and a reason for the change has never been given.


Critical receptionEdit

"In Public" was met with mixed reviews from music critics. Adam Webb of Yahoo! Music cited the song as one of Tasty's highlights, stating that it "espouses the delights of al fresco sex over a clinical electro beat and features a filthy rap courtesy of new husband Nas. Suffice to say it leaves Beyonce and Jay-Z sounding like Mary Whitehouse and Cliff Richard."[2] Conversely, Andy Kellman of AllMusic viewed the track as one of the album's "miscues thwarting perfection" and advised listeners to skip past it.[3]

The Guardian's Dorian Lynskey described the song as "an eyebrow-raisingly explicit duet."[4] The Independent opined, "For his part, Nas appears rather more flustered than he ever did in his accounts of life as a dope-dealing streetwise hustler."[5] Pitchfork reviewer Scott Plagenhoef felt that the song is "possibly the low-point of what is often a transparent Beyoncé-aping full-length (starting with the cover art, which bares a striking resemblance to that of the "Crazy in Love" single)."[6] Ernest Hardy of Rolling Stone commented that on "In Public", Kelis sounds like "Donna Summer with an action plan ('I'll make your toes curl up and make your body scream/Come take a walk with me')."[7]

Commercial performanceEdit

"In Public" debuted and peaked at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending April 16, 2005, ending Kelis' string of UK top-five singles.[8] In Ireland, the single debuted and peaked at number 22 on the Irish Singles Chart on the issue dated April 7, 2005.[9] It also reached number 54 on the European Hot 100 Singles chart on April 23, 2005.[10]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Tasty.[11]

  • Kelis – vocals, songwriting
  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • Mike Koch – recording
  • Dave Pensado – mixing
  • Rockwilder – production, songwriting

Track listingEdit

  1. "In Public" (radio edit) – 3:22
  2. "Trick Me" – 3:26


Chart (2005) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[12] 6
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[13] 11
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[10] 54
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 22
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 17
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[15] 7

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom April 4, 2005 CD single Virgin [16]
Germany April 18, 2005 EMI [17]


  1. ^ "Kelis To Release Double A-side!". November 17, 2004. Archived from the original on November 24, 2004. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Webb, Adam (December 12, 2003). "Kelis – 'Tasty'". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Tasty – Kelis". AllMusic. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (December 5, 2003). "CD: Kelis, Tasty". The Guardian. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "Album: Kelis". The Independent. January 9, 2004. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  6. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (January 5, 2004). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Kelis: Tasty". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  7. ^ Hardy, Ernest (January 6, 2004). "Kelis: Tasty". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Chart Track: Week 14, 2005". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 117 no. 17. April 23, 2005. ISSN 0006-2510.
  11. ^ Tasty (liner notes). Kelis. Arista Records. 2003. 82876-52210-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ a b " – Kelis feat. Nas – In Public" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  13. ^ " – Kelis feat. Nas – In Public" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  15. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "In Public". Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  17. ^ "In Public" (in German). Archived from the original on August 19, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2017.

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