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Needed Me
Song

Needed Me

Rihanna
Album:
Anti

Song Meaning and Background of Needed Me by Rihanna


The song's lyrics address being rejected romantically.


American producer DJ Mustard revealed in September 2014 that he and singer Rihanna have worked together on a song for the latter's eighth studio album, Anti: "We haven't got our club record just yet but we have a ballad that I really like and that she likes too."


"Needed Me" was one of the final songs that DJ Mustard worked on in his fifty-song effort to get them on Anti. Mustard said when discussing the writing and production process.


"I was at the studio and I was like "I don’t want to go, I don’t feel like going, I’ve done so many songs, she's not going to like it’... The next day they told me she liked it. It was great that I had a team (Twice as Nice) that could take me and actually get it done because if it wasn't for them I probably wouldn't have went. There would have been no ‘Needed Me’."


The song spent sixteen weeks in the top ten in the US and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna's 29th top ten single and later her longest-charting hit.


Lyrics of Needed Me by Rihanna


Mustard on the beat, ho!

 

I was good on my own, that's the way it was

That's the way it was

You was good on the low for a faded fuck

On some faded love

Shit, what the fuck you complaining for?

Feeling jaded, huh?

Used to trip off that shit I was kicking to you

Had some fun on the run though I'll give it to you

 

But baby, don't get it twisted

You was just another nigga on the hit list

Tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch

Didn't they tell you that I was a savage?

Fuck ya white horse and ya carriage

Bet you never could imagine

Never told you you could have it

 

You needed me

Ooh, you needed me

To feel a little more, and give a little less

Know you hate to confess

But baby ooh, you needed me

 

You been rolling around, shit I'm rolling up

Light and roll it up

Break it down, like a pound, shit was never us

Shit was never us

That's the real, on the real, are you serious?

How you feel, how you feel?

Used to trip off that shit I was kicking to ya

Had some fun on the run though, I'll give it to ya

 

But baby, don't get it twisted

You was just another nigga on the hit list

Tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch

Didn't they tell you that I was a savage?

Fuck ya white horse and ya carriage

Bet you never could imagine

Never told you you could have it

 

You needed me

Ooh, you needed me

To feel a little more, and give a little less

Know you hate to confess

But baby ooh, you needed me

Release Date

2016

Songwriter/s

Dijon McFarlane, Robyn Fenty, Nick Audino, Lewis Hughes, Khaled Rohaim, Te Whiti Warbrick, Adam Feeney, Brittany Hazzard, Charles Hinshaw, Derrus Rachel

Producer/s

DJ Mustard

Label/s

Roc Nation, Westbury Road

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