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One Dance
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One Dance

Drake
Album:
Views

Song Meaning and Background of One Dance by Drake


"One Dance" is a song by Canadian rapper and singer Drake from his fourth studio album Views in 2016. It features guest vocals from Nigerian afrobeats artist WizKid and British singer Kyla.

The artists co-wrote the dancehall and afrobeats song with its co-producers Nineteen85 and Noah "40" Shebib, with production assistance from Wizkid.


Crazy Cousinz and Kyla received songwriting credits for the sampling of their 2008 UK funky song "Do You Mind".


"One Dance" reached number one in 15 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, becoming Drake's first number-one single in all 15 countries as the lead artist.


It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 10 non-consecutive weeks and became the joint-second longest consecutive number one in the UK Singles Chart for 15 consecutive weeks.


"One Dance" was the best-performing single worldwide of 2016 and is one of the best-selling digital singles of all-time.


UK funky artist Kyla was first contacted by Drake's production team regarding the use of her 2008 song "Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz remix)", in a new afrobeats and dancehall song with Drake and Nigerian artist Wizkid, whom Drake had met one year previously through British grime artist Skepta, to work on a remix of Wizkid's song Ojuelegba.


Drake had reportedly been a fan of Kyla's song for several years and so convinced his producer Nineteen85 to use "Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz remix)" as a bridge within their new song.


"Do You Mind" was subsequently worked on by South African DJ Maphorisa who slowed down its tempo before adding Wizkid's background vocals.


Production of "One Dance" was finished within one week and quickly released in early April 2016 due to fear of it being leaked.


Drake and his team were unsure over how "One Dance" would be received upon being released since they considered it to be a considerable shift from his previous work. They therefore decided on it being released jointly with the song "Pop Style", featuring The Throne (Kanye West and Jay Z), since they felt it was a more conventional rap record and would therefore cushion the criticism had it been negative. However the song became a huge commercial success.


Lyrics of One Dance by Drake


Baby, I like your style

 

Grips on your waist

Front way, back way

You know that I don't play

Streets not safe

But I never run away

Even when I'm away

Oti, oti, there's never much love when we go OT

I pray to make it back in one piece

I pray, I pray

 

That's why I need a one dance

Got a Hennessy in my hand

One more time 'fore I go

Higher powers taking a hold on me

I need a one dance

Got a Hennessy in my hand

One more time 'fore I go

Higher powers taking a hold on me

 

Baby, I like your style

 

Strength and guidance

All that I'm wishing for my friends

Nobody makes it from my ends

I had to bust up the silence

You know you gotta stick by me

Soon as you see the text, reply me

I don't wanna spend time fighting

We've got no time

 

And that's why I need a one dance

Got a Hennessy in my hand

One more time 'fore I go

Higher powers taking a hold on me

I need a one dance

Got a Hennessy in my hand

One more time 'fore I go

Higher powers taking a hold on me

 

Got a pretty girl and she love me long time

Wine it, wine it, very long time

Oh yeah, very long time

Back up, back up, back up and wine it

Back up, back up and wine it, girl

Back up, back up, back up and wine it

Oh yeah, very long time

Back up, back up and wine it, girl

 

Tell me, I need to know, where do you wanna go?

'Cause if you're down, I'll take it slow

Make you lose control

Where, where, where

Where, where, where, where

Oh yeah, very long time

Where, where, where

Back up, back up and wine it, girl

Where, where, where, where

'Cause if you're down

Back up, back up and

'Cause if you're down

Back up, back up and

'Cause if you're down

Back up, back up and

 

I need a one dance

Got a Hennessy in my hand

One more time 'fore I go

Higher powers taking a hold on me

I need a one dance

Got a Hennessy in my hand

One more time 'fore I go

Higher powers taking a hold on me

Release Date

2016

Songwriter/s

Aubrey Graham, Paul Jefferies, Ayodeji Balogun, Noah Shebib, Errol Reid, Luke Reid, Kyla Smith, Corey Johnson, Logan Sama

Producer/s

Nineteen85, 40WizKid, Sarz, DJ Maphorisa

Label/s

Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

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