\"Chillin\" is a song by American rapper Wale, featuring singer Lady Gaga. It was released as the lead single from his debut album, Attention Deficit, on April 14, 2009, by Allido Records. Wale had wanted to collaborate with Gaga, and were introduced to each other through the rapper's mentor, Mark Ronson. \"Chillin\" was composed by a number of songwriters, including Wale and Gaga, while it was produced by Cool & Dre. Recorded in New York City, the song discusses Wale's life in his hometown. It has musical influence of 1990s style rapping, and contains two samples from the 1969 song \"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye\" by the band Steam, and the 1987 song, \"Top Billin'\", by Audio Two.
The song received mixed reviews from contemporary critics. Some praised Wale and Gaga's collaboration and composition, while others criticized it. \"Chillin\" reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart, while in the United States it peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached the lower regions of the record charts in some other nations. The accompanying music video features both Wale and Gaga in various locations in and around Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts.
Wale had wanted to collaborate with Lady Gaga on the track since January 2009, believing that she embodied the party-record feel of the song. He explained: \"If music was a high school, I feel like I'll be the dude on the football team, and it would be like, 'OK, Gaga's having a party!' And you know all the bad girls are going to be out there.\" Upon hearing that some were surprised by the collaboration, Wale went on to say, \"If Jay-Z can work with Coldplay, then Wale should be able to work with Gaga.\" Wale's mentor, Mark Ronson, sent the track to Gaga. She commented that her portion of the song, which includes lyrics such as \"Lookin' at, lookin' at, lookin' at me/ Eyes all stickin' like honey on bees\", is narcissistic, but in a positive way. The lyrics capture the life and image of Wale's home areas Maryland and District of Columbia. About incorporating the hook in the song, Gaga said:
The music video for the song was directed by Chris Robinson and was posted on Interscope's YouTube channel on June 12, 2009. It features guest appearances from rappers Young Chris, Tre, Pusha T, Anwan Glover and Bun B. The video shows Wale and Gaga at the District of Columbia's Cardozo Senior High School and Wale in various venues and streets in the District, including South Boston Waterfront. This includes one scene in the famous hidden clothing store Bodega in Boston where Wale tries on various clothes. One of Gaga's characteristic Great Danes, which had also previously appeared in the music videos for \"Just Dance\" and \"Poker Face\", appears in the video for \"Chillin\", wearing Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Several posters of Barack Obama appear in the video. The music video was added to BET's TV rotation in the United States. Chrissy Andrews from MuchMusic complimented Gaga's appearance in the music video, saying that \"this is the most 'toned down' I've ever seen Lady Gaga. She's wearing a short dress with pumps, but she's surprisingly without her facial lightning bolt, crystal staff or orbiting head piece (as seen on her Ellen appearance). One of the two massive dogs from her other videos does make an appearance, however... with headphones on! Even without all of the crazy things we know Gaga for, she's still great in this video.\"
\"Chillin\" received mixed reviews from critics. Steve Roberts from MTV praised Gaga's verse and for employing a similar singing style to M.I.A. Jason Lipshutz from Billboard complimented the \"club-ready single\" for its \"bouncy hook and slick verses\" and called the song \"the perfect precursor to Wale's long-awaited debut\". Mehan Jayasuriya from PopMatters commended the song for being a \"token party jam\" on the album track list. She added that \"for all the flack that the [track] has caught, it's still an indisputably catchy song, even if the 9th Wonder and Nick Catchdubs reworking from [Wale's] Back to the Feature stands as the definitive version.\" Andres Tardio from HipHopDX believed the composition of the song as \"Pop-friendly\". A reviewer for XXL compared and described \"Chillin\" as \"distinctly D.C.-sounding anthem\". David Jeffries from AllMusic praised Wale's \"natural delivery and quirky sense of humor\" in the song, likening his vocals to that of Jay-Z and Gaga's vocals to that of singer Rihanna. Describing \"Chillin\" as a \"club-friendly hopper\", Chris Richards from The Washington Post believed that using Rihanna or M.I.A. on the track would have made it successful, rather than Gaga who was then considered a relatively unknown singer. Richards recalled a similar situation when Washington D.C. based go-go band Experience Unlimited had collaborated with androgynous singer Grace Jones on a track. Sobhi Youssef from Sputnikmusic noticed that the song's production made it sound like a different track than the rest of Attention Deficit.
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale (/ˈwɔːleɪ/ WAH-lay), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He first gained recognition in 2006, when his song \"Dig Dug (Shake It)\" became popular in his hometown, leading Wale to became locally recognized as he continued recording music for the regional audience. Wale met English DJ-producer Mark Ronson in 2006 and joined his label, Allido Records in 2007. While signed to that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various Black American-focused magazines. A song called \"Ridin' in That Black Joint\" was featured in the popular video game Saints Row 2's soundtrack in 2008.
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born on September 21, 1984, in Northwest, Washington, D.C. His parents were both from the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria, and both of them came from Austria to the United States in 1979. Wale's family first lived in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest, Washington, D.C., and then moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, when Wale was 10. In 2002, he graduated from the Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, and moved to Largo in Prince George's County. Wale attended Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships, then transferred to Bowie State University. However, he dropped out due to academic reasons. Wale's love of the game of football and the team then known as Washington Redskins has led to a longstanding rumor that Wale had a tattoo of tight end Chris Cooley. He's also the cousin of actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, who is best known as for playing Chris Partlow on HBO's The Wire. Wale's first recorded track, called \"Rhyme of the Century\", became his first song to ever be played on the local radio. In 2006, he was featured in the \"Unsigned Hype\" column of The Source magazine, and later signed to a local label, Studio 43. The track, called \"Dig Dug (Shake It)\" became popular in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and was a tribute to Ronald \"Dig Dug\" Dixon, who was a percussion player for the go-go band Northeast Groovers. The song became the most requested song by a local artist in Washington D.C. radio history and Wale was the first local artist to get some BDS spins since DJ Kool in the early 1990s. The song was included in Wale's first mixtape, Paint a Picture.
In July 2006, Wale found representation in Daniel Weisman, a former club DJ and promoter who had no previous experience in management. Weisman had been tipped off about the rapper by a friend in Washington, D.C. and connected with him through Myspace. In September 2006, after dropping another go-go influenced single, called \"Breakdown\" (sampled from Huck-A-Bucks \"Sexy Girl\") has been getting a mention on The Washington Post, Wale released his first non-go-go original single, called \"Uptown Roamers\". On September 14, 2006, \"Uptown Roamers\" debuted on XM Radio Channel 66, where it's been played twice in one day. Both \"Breakdown\" and \"Uptown Roamers\" were on Wale's second mixtape, Hate Is the New Love. The song, \"Breakdown\" was featured on the video game Madden NFL 2009.Wale won the award for \"D. C. Metro Breakthrough Artist of the Year\" at WKYS's Go-Go Awards in November 2006. On December 15, The Fader magazine associate editor Nick \"Catchdubs\" Barat visited Wale for an interview and photo shoot, which appeared in the March 2007 issue of The Fader. Manager Weisman told HitQuarters that the Fader feature, given the magazine's music/culture/fashion orientation, laid an important foundation for Wale to position himself as a \"cool, smart, up-and-coming hip-hop artist who might actually be Drake\".
On June 19, 2009, Wale released his fifth mixtape, Back to the Feature, on which eleven of the tracks were produced by 9th Wonder, with contributions also coming from Mark Ronson and others. The album's title, a play off the name of the movie Back to the Future, referred to the fact that a lengthy list of rappers joined Wale on the songs, including K'naan, Tamere Guess, Talib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, Beanie Sigel, Curren$y, J. Cole and Bun B. The mixtape received positive reviews from Vibe magazine and website Pitchfork Media, but Colin McGowan of Cokemachineglow commented that it represented neither \"a step forward or back [for the artist] so much as shouting-in-place. \"Wale did a guest performance on \"Change\", a song by the Australian singer-songwriter Daniel Merriweather. It was written by Merriweather and Andrew Wyatt and produced by Mark Ronson. It was released on January 30, 2009, in the United States and Canada, and February 2, 2009, in the UK (where the song peaked at no.8). The song is included on Merriweather's album Love & War.On September 13, Wale, alongside the DC-based musicians of UCB (Uncalled 4 Band)- The Board Administration artists, served as the official house band for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. 59ce067264