All Day

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"All Day" is a 2015 single by Kanye West, at the time intended for So Help Me God.

"All Day"
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Single by Kanye West
ReleasedMarch 3, 2015
Recorded2014-2015
GenreHip-Hop
Length5:10
LabelGOOD Music

Background[edit]

All Day features elements of industrial and drill music, and contains a sample of "Two Fingers" by McCartney and an interpolation from "Dance with Me" by Jamaican singer Noel Ellis. The single was released on March 3rd, 2015 to digital download and streaming services. The music video was eventually released in February 2016, after being announced in March 2015.

The track was originally produced by Velous for French Montana in the April of 2014, while watching an episode of SNL. The track soon Made its way to West and Montana's verse was removed. The song initially featured rough vocals from West, with no features, and was one of the 20 tracks played at the London listening party. This version of the track has no verse from Paul McCartney, and features production from West, French Montana, Velous and Charlie Heat and several others. It can be assumed that this track was recorded during the LA sessions for Yeezus 2. Further down the timeline, a more refined version of the track is recorded, known as the 'mumble demo', which has in addition to a more fleshed out beat with extra percussion - includes features Theophilus London, rapper Allan Kingdom with the whistling melody from McCartney from the previous version. Kingdom came onto the track after a phone call made by West associate Plain Pat, and described showing his music to West as 'nerve-racking'. After this there was a version with a 2Chainz verse was recorded, but information regarding the sessions is limited.

West stated in a July 2014 GQ interview in regards to the sessions for All Day:

"I would have came in with, like, whatever I come in with. But the balance of a meal is that when people walk in, they want water first."

In August, during sessions in Mexico, the track was reworked into the released version, featuring a verse from Paul McCartney. This track came out of the same same sessions that Only One and FourFiveSeconds were recorded in [1]. October of 2014 saw Kendrick Lamar record a reference verse in Wisconsin, which was never used and later leaked in 2016, as what was initially thought to be a remix.

The final versions of the track contains the following samples:

  • "Two Fingers" - Paul McCartney
  • "Dance With Me" - Noel Ellis (baseline is sampled)


West premiered the braggadocious single at the 2015 Brit Awards in a perfromance in February 2015. It was then played on Power 106 and Hot 97 on March 2, 2015 - after initially being announced in July 2014. The next day saw the release to iTunes and Spotify. Kim Kardashian revealed on Instagram that the artwork is a 13th Century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary.

The song received across the board praise, and was ranked as Billboard's 5th best hip-hop song of 2015. Jayson Greene of Pitchfork dubbed it as "an odd hybrid" and further stating: "Kanye's rapping harder, faster, sharper than ever: Years and years into his evolving style, he's fashioned his voice into something dull and jagged at once, a hacked-off piece of jetliner assaulting the beat." It was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards, respectively, and the 2016 International Dance Music Awards, the song earned a nomination for Best Rap/Hip Hop/Trap Dance Track.

The song received some controversial press, due to the usage of "nigga" in the track, McCartney responded to these criticisms by saying: "It's a great record, sonically it's brilliant," and that he was "pleased with the use of the n-word [2]

The track became West's second top-20 single in the United States, debuting at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 140,000 downloads in its first week leading to it entering on the top of the US Rap Digital Songs chart. The track debuted at number 18 on the UK singles chart, with FourFiveSecinds debuting at third on the same day.

On the Official Finnish Singles Chart, the track debuted at number 23. It charted at number 28 on the Canadian Hot 100 and French SNEP chart respectively\ The track reached number 38 on the Official NZ Singles Chart and achieved a similar position of number 39 on the Denmark Singles Top 40. It peaked at number 42 on the ARIA Singles Chart, in Australia, and lasted one week on the chart. On the Irish Singles Chart, "All Day" debuted at number 52 and spent a total of three weeks on the chart.The song peaked at number 57 on the German Top 100 Singles chart. On the Belgium Urban chart, it reached number nine.

Music Video[edit]

During Kanye's talk at Oxford University on March 2, 2015; he announced that "Steve McQueen shot a music video for All Day, 2 days ago", and that it was "very different to the Brit Awards performance". West premiered the video on March 7 at the Foundation Louis Vuitton as part of Paris Fashion Week.

The nine-minute long music video was released online on February 22, 2016, and features West as the only star, in a warehouse which he runs around for the entierty of the video, gradually losing energy. The end of the video sees I Feel Like That being played as West collapses on the floor of the warehouse. Kwame Opam of The Verge said that the music video has a "following you" effect, "with the camera struggling to follow the beleaguered West as he rants back at it."

Released Versions[edit]

Title Length Released Version Additional info
All Day 5:10 All Day (Single) Studio



Unreleased Versions[edit]

Title Length Version Additional info
All Day 5:13 OG Kendrick Lamar feature, alternate intro
All Day 4:07 Demo Kendrick Lamar feature, unfinished Kanye vocals
All Day 5:03 Demo 2 Chainz feature, unfinished Kanye vocals
All Day 1:56 Demo Unfinished vocals, no feature
All Day / Be That Nigga Demo Premiered at listening party in London on July 6, 2014
All Day Demo Snippet of this version leaked by Revolt in August 2014