Trophies (song)

"Trophies" is a song by Canadian rapper Drake. The song was produced by Hit-Boy, 40 and Hagler. The song was originally meant for Drake's third studio album Nothing Was the Same, however, it was cut off the final track listing. After Drake released the song for free in December 2013, it was later included on the Young Money Entertainment compilation Young Money: Rise of an Empire. On February 27, 2014, it was released as the album's second official single and credited as Young Money featuring Drake. It peaked at number 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Single by Young Money featuring Drake
from the album Young Money: Rise of an Empire
ReleasedFebruary 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)
GenreHip hop
Young Money singles chronology
"We Alright"
"Lookin Ass"
Drake singles chronology
"Who Do You Love?"
"Believe Me"

The instrumental version of the song is the opening theme to The Stephen A. Smith Show radio and television program on ESPN.[1][2][3]


The trailer Drake released for his third studio album, Nothing Was the Same (2013), featured a snippet of "Trophies" playing in the background, but the song did not make the final version of the album. After teasing its release over the following months, the song surfaced on the internet on December 30, 2013.[4][5] Hit-Boy has said he was more than frustrated with the track's rollout. Then saying, "But it’s love. I got respect for Drake. He knows what’s best for him. He’s been dictating his career since Day One."[4]

Critical receptionEdit

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Entertainment Weekly praised it as a blustery, superstar moment.[6] Sheldon Pearce of XXL called the song brilliant and boisterous.[7] Writing for Now, Jordan Sowunmi said, the "stentorian hit" is "a reminder that Young Money boasts some of rap’s biggest crossover stars."[8] David Jeffries of AllMusic said the song featured, "Drake stomping over Hit-Boy's Viking-worthy beat. A two-headed monster of a track that pits verses-filled Southern rap victory against an emo-rap chorus.[9]

Commercial performanceEdit

As of May 18, 2014, the song has sold 406,272 copies in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscan.[10] It has spent multiple weeks in the top ten of the US R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart.[11][12][13]



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  2. ^ Stephen A. Smith (2019-01-03), Stephen A. Smith Show 1/3/2019 Antonio Brown, NFL Coach firings, retrieved 2019-06-02
  3. ^ Stephen A. Smith (2018-12-18), Stephen A. Smith Show 12/18/2018 Saints BEAT Panthers, Cowboys problem, retrieved 2019-06-02
  4. ^ a b Baker, Soren (2014-03-09). "Hip Hop Singles Sales: Week Ending 03/09/14". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  5. ^ "Drake - Trophies (Prod. by Hit-Boy)". HipHop DX. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  6. ^ "Rise of an Empire by Young Money". Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Young Money Shines A Spotlight On Their Roster In 'Rise Of An Empire' - XXL". 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2014-04-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ David Jeffries (2014-03-11). "Rise of an Empire - Young Money". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  10. ^ Baker, Soren. "Hip Hop Singles Sales: Week Of 05/18/14". HipHopDX. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  11. ^ Baker, Soren. "Hip Hop Singles Sales: Week Of 05/04/14". HipHopDX. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Hip Hop Singles Sales: Week Of 04/27/14". Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Hip Hop Singles Sales: Week Of 05/11/14". Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  14. ^ " – Young Money feat. Drake – Trophies" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  15. ^ " – Young Money feat. Drake – Trophies" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Young Money Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Young Money Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Young Money Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  19. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2019.

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