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"All Mine"
All Mine lyric video.jpg
Thumbnail of the lyric video
Single by Kanye West
from the album Ye
ReleasedJuly 24, 2018
Format
Recorded2018
StudioWest's ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
GenreHip hop
Length2:25
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Yikes"
(2018)
"All Mine"
(2018)
"XTCY"
(2018)

"All Mine" is a song by American recording artist Kanye West from his eighth studio album, Ye (2018). The song features vocals from American singers Ty Dolla Sign and Ant Clemons. The song's production relies on a simplistic drum-led style and was primarily handled by Kanye West, as well as Mike Dean, Francis and the Lights, and Scott Carter. It was written by West, Dean, Francis Starlite, Cydel Young, Dexter Mills, Jeremy Felton, Danielle Balbuena, Anthony Clemons, Uforo Ebong and Tyrone Griffin, Jr., with the information being revealed what lyrics Mills, professionally known as Consequence, was responsible for.

Throughout "All Mine", West defends his dating preferences alongside taking a look at various dating choices and responding to criticism. The song includes controversial lyrics in reference to Khloé Kardashian's relationship with Tristan Thompson. It was generally acclaimed by music critics. On July 20, 2018, West picked the song to be the second single from the album, after lead single "Yikes" didn't perform well on record charts. It was the top performing song from Ye on Spotify when West made this decision. Four days later, the song was released as a single to US rhythmic contemporary radio stations. The song was commercial successfully, charting in numerous countries in 2018. A lyric video for it was released on June 19, 2018.

Background and composition[edit]

A smiling woman in a black dress, standing in front of a wall with company names on it
Naomi Campbell, pictured in 2015, lies among the multiple celebrities mentioned by West in the track.

Along with "All Mine", Ty Dolla Sign contributed vocals on Ye tracks "Violent Crimes" and "Wouldn't Leave".[1] On June 4, 2018, three days after the album's release, a joint album with West was teased by Ty Dolla Sign.[2] He recalled "going off on the backgrounds, no Auto-Tune" when working with West in a phone conversation with Rolling Stone on August 30.[3] Ant Clemons saw an increase in fame after working with West.[4] Francis and the Lights had previously released a cover version of West's hit single "Can't Tell Me Nothing", which West shared a link to via his blog on February 7, 2009.[5] The two subsequently collaborated on the 2016 single "Friends" alongside Bon Iver and the track's music video includes an appearance from West.[6][5] Outside of "All Mine", Francis and the Lights has production credits on Ye tracks "I Thought About Killing You" and "Ghost Town".[1]

Organ music heard in a church is juxtaposed with references to celebrity icons in the song, including Naomi Campbell and Stormy Daniels.[7][8] The intro consists of Ant Clemons singing and Ty Dolla Sign providing various ad-libs.[9][10] Ant Clemons sings the song's chorus, with the "genie in a bottle" metaphor in the lines "Get to rubbin' on my lamp/Get the genie out the bottle" doubling as a sexual innuendo.[11][7] West defends his dating preferences whilst taking a look at various dating choices within his two verses on the song, as well as responding to critics.[7][12] In West's second verse, crashes of sound are heard every time he raps "Ay".[13]

Writing and production[edit]

Francis Starlite performing on a dimmed stage with Francis and the Lights at Webster Hall in New York City on October 12, 2010
Francis and the Lights, pictured in 2010, helped write and produce the track.

"All Mine" was written by West, Mike Dean, Francis Starlite, Cydel Young, Dexter Mills, Jeremy Felton, Danielle Balbuena, Anthony Clemons, Uforo Ebong and Tyrone Griffin, Jr.[1] It was revealed by West in an interview with The New York Times on June 25, 2018 that co-writer Consequence, credited under his real name of Dexter Mills, was the one who came up with the lyrics "I could have Naomi Campbell/And still might want me a Stormy Daniels."[14] A screenshot of an Instagram photo about West revealing Consequence to have wrote such content was shared to Consequence's Instagram on July 19.[15] Alongside the screenshotted image, Consequence included text about how he only writes for multi-millionaires and/or his loved ones.[15]

West, Dean, Francis and the Lights, and Scott Carter produced the track.[1] Francis and the Lights contributed to both the production and writing of it.[16] The track's production relies on a simplistic drum-led style, with it being where the harmonic progression of the album momentarily stops.[17][12]

Release and promotion[edit]

On June 1, 2018, "All Mine" was released as the third track on West's eighth studio album Ye.[18] West subsequently selected the song as the second single from the album on July 20, after lead single "Yikes"; it was set to be serviced to radio stations across the United States in the next week.[19] After "Yikes" didn't perform well on record charts, West's labels GOOD Music and Def Jam tried their best to make sure that Ye didn't lose momentum by pushing a second single.[19] The song was the album's top performing track on Spotify in the US at the time of being picked by West for release as a single, sitting at approximately 600,000 streams a day.[19] It was serviced to US rhythmic contemporary radio stations four days after being selected as a single by West.[20]

A lyric video was officially released for the song on June 19, 2018, along with one for fellow album track "Violent Crimes".[21] The lyric video features a panning view of Jackson Hole with lyrics written over it, visually resembling the official cover art for Ye and the lyrics are written in the same font that appears on the album's cover.[21][11] Though these lyric videos were released by West, he hadn't released any music videos for the album nor his joint album Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi, as Kids See Ghosts; West's last released music video was for 2016 single "Fade".[21][22]

Critical reception[edit]

"All Mine" received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic put forward the idea of the track as being what continues West's "career-long meltdown about monogamy."[23] In reference to the track's position on Ye, Lucy Jones of The Daily Telegraph described it as where West "moves into more explicit territory" and viewed the beat as something that is "dirty and mechanical, and feels like Life Of Pablo or Yeezus-era Kanye."[24] Sam Moore of Metro pointed out when writing about the song that West "indulges here in one of his favourite pastimes: name-checking celebrities."[8] Wren Graves of Consequence of Sound listed it as one of the album's essential tracks.[25]

Christopher Hooton of The Independent wrote that the song "has an irresistible bounce to it" and is where "Kanye stamps well-trodden lyrical ground."[13] The song's lyrics "I could have Naomi Campbell/And still might want me a Stormy Daniels" were viewed by Hooton as "just an alternate to" West's lyrics "See I could have me a good girl/And still be addicted to them hood rats" from his 2010 Pusha T-featuring single "Runaway".[13]

However, not all reviews were positive. "All Mine" was branded by Andrew Barker of Variety as being an "embarrassing sex track" and Barker compared the song to West's Yeezus track "I'm In It".[26] Billboard ranked it as the worst track on Ye.[27]

Accolades[edit]

The track ranked as the 85th most streamed song of 2018 worldwide on Apple Music and the year's 67th most streamed in the United States.[28] It was voted by listeners of Australian radio station Triple J as the 158th most popular song of 2018.[29]

Controversy[edit]

Khloé Kardashian speaking at David Jones, Sydney - November 2011
Khloé Kardashian, pictured in 2011, seemed to insult West via Snapchat after he dissed her in the song.

West raps a diss to his sister-in-law Khloé Kardashian over her decision to date Canadian basketball player Tristan Thompson in "All Mine" with the lyrics "All these thots on Christian Mingle/That's what almost got Tristan single/If you don't ball like him or Kobe/Guarantee that bitch gon' leave you".[30] Thompson was effectively excluded from family affairs by the Kardashian family, while West's wife Kim Kardashian had previously called the couple's cheating scandal "so fucked up".[30][31]

One day after the release of Ye, Khloé Kardashian seemingly insulted West by sharing a Snapchat post of her working out to the track "Delicate" by his rival Taylor Swift, whom West dissed most recently in his 2016 single "Famous" by calling her "that bitch".[31] Despite this, Kardashian had praise for the album overall, tweeting out fire emojis next to its title.[32] Her younger half-sister Kylie Jenner rapped along with the diss to Thompson in a video posted to Jenner's Snapchat at a later date with Anastasia Karanikolaou and the video clip gathered more attention after it surfaced on Instagram.[33]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following its release as a single, "All Mine" was a commercial success, charting in a total of 20 countries worldwide in 2018. The song made its debut at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon the release of Ye, despite not being released as a single initially, becoming the most streamed song of the week.[34] That same week, the song entered at number 9 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; "All Mine" and "Yikes" became West's first top ten singles on the chart since "All Day" in 2015.[35] It remained on the Hot 100 for a total of nine weeks, outperforming West's previous single "Yikes" which only stayed on the chart for five weeks.[36][37] The song also entered the top 20 of charts in the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Greece, Canada, Belgium and Australia.[38][39][40][41][42][43][44] On the NZ Singles Chart and Slovakian Singles Digitál Top 100, the song performed best by peaking at number five on both of the charts respectively.[45][39] Its lowest top 20 position was number 19 on the Portuguese Singles Chart.[40]

However, the song experienced a lesser degree of success on charts in other countries. "All Mine" charted at number 23 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.[41] It reached similar positions of numbers 25 and 26 on the Czech Republic Singles Digitál Top 100 and Danish Tracklisten chart respectively.[46] The song also reached the top 40 of the Swedish Sverigetopplistan and Ö3 Austria Top 40 charts.[41] On the Schweizer Hitparade chart, it peaked at number 43 and charted at a similar position of number 46 on the Netherlands Single Top 100. "All Mine" reached number 75 on both the Official German Charts and French SNEP.[41] The track experienced its worst performance on the FIMI Singles Chart, peaking at number 96.[47]

The track ranked at number 96 on the year-end US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for 2018.[48]

On September 21, 2018, the track was certified Platinum in the US, around two months after having been released as a single.[49] This made it the only track from Ye to achieve the certification in the US and marked West's first Platinum single since the 2016 collaborative single "Champions".[50]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[1]

  • Kanye West – production, vocals
  • Mike Dean – co-production, engineering, mixing
  • Francis and the Lights – additional production
  • Scott Carter – additional production
  • Andrew Dawson – engineering, programming
  • Mike Malchicoff – engineering
  • Zack Djurich – engineering
  • Sean Solymar – assistant recording engineering
  • Jess Jackson – mixing
  • Ty Dolla Sign – vocals
  • Ant Clemons – vocals

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[72] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States July 24, 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio [20]

See also[edit]

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