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DJ Khaled
Suffering From Success
Features Future, Nicki Minaj & Rick Ross
Released August 2, 2013
Recorded 2013
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:11
Label We the Best Music
Producer Lee on the Beats, DJ Khaled (co)
Single information
Single release August 20, 2013
Video release September 3, 2013
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"I Wanna Be with You" is a song by DJ Khaled from his seventh studio album Suffering From Success, which features guest vocals from rappers Future, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross. The song serves as the second single from the album. It was produced by Lee on the Beats and co-produced by DJ Khaled. It premiered on radio station Hot 97 at Funkmaster Flex segment on July 29, 2013, officially released as a digital download on August 2, and impacted Rhythmic radio on August 20. A music video was shot on August 9, and premiered on September 3.

Background Edit

On June 6, 2013, Minaj said on a blog post that DJ Khaled gave her something from his album and that Khaled wanted her to be on his album.[1] Minaj posted an Instagram video, on July 14, showing a short part of a new song she recorded.[2] She also indicate that the song is an upcoming feature.[3] A few lyrics of Minaj were listened in the track: "I wanna be with you, I wanna be with you baby," and at the very end of the video a male voice can be heard, which many believed that the voice was of rapper Future.[4]

Weeks later, on July 24, rapper Future confirmed the song through his Twitter account saying that new music will be "coming soon" by DJ Khaled featuring himself, Minaj and Rick Ross.[5] On July 28, Minaj announced a surprise for the next day and said that will be revealed on 7:00 pm,[6] and, on the next day, DJ Funkmaster Flex tweeted that he will release a song at 7:00 pm, being retweeted by Minaj.[7]

It was not know for which song the snippet was until July 29 at 7:00 pm, when DJ Funkmaster Flex premiered the song on Hot 97 radio station. On August 2, the song was available for download through iTunes as a single.[8] It officially impacted Rhythmic radio on August 20.[9] It was the #1 most added song on Urban radio that week.

Composition Edit

The song was written by Onika Maraj and Anthony Lee Norris, and was produced by Norris (credited as "Lee on the Beats") and co-produced by Khaled.[10] The beat is composed of synth waves and rolling drums.[11]

Critical reception Edit

"I Wanna Be with You" received mixed reviews from critics but most of them favored Minaj's verse. Keith Murphy from Vibe gave the track a mixed review, stating that Minaj saved the track and "outshines the boys once again" with a "monotonous run with one of her most hilarious, no-frills rhymes in a minute," but Murphy dismissed the work of Khaled and the parts of Future and Ross.[12]

Henry Adaso from gave three out of five stars to the record saying: "the song is halfway decent, mostly because Minaj is the only one interested in rapping. Future is coo cooing too a line too monotonous to be real. Rick Ross serves up a medley of cliches, hashtagging his way to a painfully bland Kurt Cobain metaphor." Adaso also said that Minaj "seizes the opportunity to kick her meanest guest verse since 'Monster'."[11] Josiah Hughes from was indifferent at the track commenting "business as usual" at the end of his review.[13]

Music video Edit

Music Video Information
470px Premiere September 3, 2013
Filmed August 9, 2013
Director Colin Tilley
Producer Jonathan Lia
Production co London Alley Entertainment
Exec. producer Jeff Panzer & Luga Podesta
Source Video Static

Minaj confirmed that a music video would be shot for the song.[14] It was shot by Colin Tilley on August 9, 2013.[15] It premiered on MTV Jams and MTV2 on September 3.

Behind the ScenesEdit

On August 14, 2013, Nicki confirmed a BTS video will be released on the next day and was released as planned.



Charts Edit

Chart (2013) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 (Billboard) 5
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 30
US Rap Songs (Billboard) 22

Lyrics Edit

Explicit version Edit

References Edit

  1. Good Morning Barbz!!!!! Posted by Nicki Minaj. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  2. Video by allpinkbarbiedreamhouse Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  3. Twitter: F> RT “@timayajastine_: @NICKIMINAJ is it a feature?! Or is it YOUR song?!?” Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  4. Twitter: Coulda been him... Coulda not been him too tho. 😴 > RT “@NicsTriniBarbie: @NICKIMINAJ was that future orrrrr???” Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  5. Twitter: New Music Coming Soon @djkhaled ft Myself @nickiminaj & rickross 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  6. Twitter: 1st surprise 9am EST, 2nd around 7/8 pm EST > RT “@CarsonZolanski: @NICKIMINAJ Do these surprises have a time on Monday? Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  7. Twitter: 7pm tonite!!!!!! I got sumthin!!!!!!!! Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  8. iTunes: I Wanna Be With You (feat. Nicki Minaj, Future & Rick Ross) - Single Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  9. AllAccess: Top 40/Rhythmic-Crossover > Future Releases Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  10. All Music: DJ Khaled - I Wanna Be With You Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  11. 11.0 11.1 DJ Khaled Ft. Nicki Minaj, Future, Rick Ross - "I Wanna Be With You" Review by Henry Adaso from Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  12. Review: DJ Khaled's 'I Wanna Be With You' Is Saved By Nicki Minaj's Comic Relief Review by Keith Murphy from Vibe. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  13. DJ Khaled "I Wanna Be With You" (ft. Nicki Minaj, Future and Rick Ross) Review by Josiah Hughes from Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  14. Twitter: Next week > RT “@iHuggedOnika: Nic, When are You Filming The Video For It? #IWannaBeWithYou @NICKIMINAJ” Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  15. Twitter: Video Shoot time!!!! #IWannaBeWithYou #Miami #Today Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  16. Rap Genius: DJ Khaled – I Wanna Be With You Lyrics Retrieved July 30, 2013.

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