The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar

About Sidewalks

"Sidewalks" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd, featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his third studio album Starboy (2016). The song was written by both artists alongside Doc McKinney, Daniel Wilson, Robert John Richardson, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, being produced by McKinney, Bobby Raps and Muhammad. It was one of the tracks off Starboy to be featured in the short film Mania. The song features additional vocals by Daniel Wilson and is the first collaboration between The Weeknd and Lamar.  


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I ran out of tears when I was eighteen
So nobody made me but the main streets
'Cause too many people think they made me
Well if they really made me, then replace me
Homeless to Forbes list, these niggas bring no stress
I feel like Moses, I feel like I'm chosen
And if you ain't my nigga then your girl single to me
I don't give a damn if a nigga said he knew me
Grew up with no father so nobody ever "son" me
My flow too sick, Kevin Costner couldn't touch me
I know you wish that nobody ever loved me
I feel useless when I'm never making money
Well, this the life we always fantasized
Rich folk problem through a Queen Street nigga's eyes
Every time you see me pulling up in Aventadors
Just know we been grinding on them sidewalks

Sidewalks saved my life
They don't ever lie
Sidewalks saved my life
They showed me all the signs

They don't let me down
But they lead me on
And they don't let me down
But they lead me on
And they lead me on

Say, say say
I come from murder one, brung late night melee
Say, say, say
We hung all summer, sprung mattress with bae bae
Say, say, say
Trippin' off dyke, and my name strike with pay day
Say, say, say
Flippin' blue lighting, tightening, strapped with AK
Say, say, say
OG one, told me one, show me one, eight ways
How to segue
Pussy, power, profit and headache
I reminisce my life innocence
Or life innocent
Or life intimate, with fame
Like limo tint
With light women, dark women in it
Aw Kenny, good game
She wanna hang with a Starboy
The sun and the moon and star, boy
Astronomer, anonymous
I line 'em up, grind 'em up, these nine of us
And five of us have probably fucked
She mollied up, I tallied up all the parts, boy
Twenty legs, arms, head (head)
Head, head, more head (head)
Oh God bless the dead (yeah)
I'm livin' life, high off life
I wear my chokes off to bed
I'm the greatest nigga, why you so scared to say it?
I wanna rock, I wanna rock, I wanna cop more land
I never stop
I wanna quick advance on a bill if it ain't one
Break everything, I'm a hustler, came from

Sidewalks saved my life
Sidewalks saved my life
They don't ever lie
Sidewalks saved my life
Sidewalks saved my life
They showed me all the signs

They don't let me down
But they lead me on
And they don't let me down
But they lead me on
And they lead me on

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The Weeknd

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name "The Weeknd". more »

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Written by: Abel Tesfaye, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Martin McKinney, Robert Richardson, Dan Wilson, Ali Muhammad

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, ANTHEM ENTERTAINMENT LP, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Songtrust Ave, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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12 facts about this song

Album Contribution
"Sidewalks" is a track from The Weeknd's third studio album, "Starboy," released in 2016.
Star Collaboration
The song features a guest verse from the acclaimed artist Kendrick Lamar, adding a unique rap element to The Weeknd's traditionally R&B and pop sound.
Contribution of Other Artists
The track was written by The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Daniel Wilson, Robert John Richardson, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Daniel Wilson also provided backing vocals for the song.
Musical Style
"Sidewalks" is influenced by multiple genres including pop, R&B, and hip hop, showcasing a blend of The Weeknd's signature emotive crooning and Kendrick Lamar's innovative rap style.
The song talks about The Weeknd's (Abel Tesfaye's) life before fame, exploring themes of struggle, growth, and life's harsh realities.
Autobiographical Aspects
The lyrics mention "homeless to Forbes list", referencing The Weeknd's journey from being homeless in Toronto to becoming one of the most successful music artists.
Critical Reception
"Sidewalks" received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Lamar's guest verse and the song's fusion of different genres.
Song Premiere
The Weeknd premiered "Sidewalks" during a live performance on Vevo Presents, prior to the release of the Starboy album.
Song Production
The song is known for its auto-tune heavy sound, which has been a trademark of The Weeknd's music style. It was produced by Bobby Raps and Doc McKinney.
Chart Performance
While it was not released as a single, "Sidewalks" managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and the Canadian Hot 100.
Live Performances
The Weeknd has included "Sidewalks" in his setlist during his "Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour". However, Kendrick Lamar joins in the performance only occasionally.
The song samples the 1994 track "Part Time Mutha" by 2Pac and Poppi. This adds an interesting layer, connecting The Weeknd's and Kendrick Lamar's modern take on struggles with a classic reflection on similar themes by an iconic artist.

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