STORY OF SONG

Story of Song

It’s about cigarettes and nicotine addiction. In an interview with Genius, Logic said: “Nikki is about cigarettes, it’s about my addiction to nicotine. For the last 8 months before my album came out I was like #who’snikki, and the shoot was trending number 1 on Twitter worldwide… and everyone was like who is Nikki? Me and Nikki have been together for 10 years and she’s been there for everything… and then you listen to me talk about Nikki in the album “Oh Nikki Nikki where you been’ then you get to the song Nikki and I’m like ‘I love it when you’re fresh, I love it when I take your top off and we share the same breath’ sounds like I’m talking about making love. Then you get to the hook and I’m talking about nicotine, and it’s like ‘holy shit tha’s crazy! But that was inspired by Kanye West’s Addiction”. Logic had tried to quit smoking and drinking for a long time: “I don’t drink liquor currently, I don’t smoke weed, I don’t do any type of hardcore drugs, I don’t do anything. The only thing I did do up until today is smoke cigarettes, but I quit coz I made a pact that if I release my debut album I will quit, I will make Nikki go. So I can see to live another day and hopefully release the next album and so on.” He added: “In my mind, how can I create a song about cigarettes without being corny? Because the shit sounds whack, just the concept ‘Oh, the motherfucker created a song about cigarettes’, cigarettes are so unappealing. There’s so many people who don’t smoke cigarettes.” Logic then continued talking about personalizing the song Nikki with anyone who has any type of addiction, he said: “… that is to sound like a break-up song. It sounds like I’m talking about a woman, and any man or woman could listen to that song when feeling depressed to a little down and relate it to their relationship personally between another human being. So that was the first objective, I had to master that when writing it. After that, it was ‘How can I write about cigarettes!’ Reveal that I’m talking about cigarettes in the end but also make it sound so that if anybody struggling with crack addiction, cocaine, heroin, weed, alcohol, fuckin’ pills… anything; could listen to this song and go ‘That’s my Nkki’ and I think I did a good job.” Logic gives credit to Kanye West for being the inspiration behind his song Nikki, saying: “That song would be nothing without Kanye.”

Release date

Released on October 21, 2014

Songwriter/s

Logic

Label

Def Jam – Visionary Music Group

Chart Rankings

 

The album Under Pressure peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 selling 99.000 copies. “Nikki” never made it to the UK Singles Charts.

Story of Song

It’s about cigarettes and nicotine addiction. In an interview with Genius, Logic said: “Nikki is about cigarettes, it’s about my addiction to nicotine. For the last 8 months before my album came out I was like #who’snikki, and the shoot was trending number 1 on Twitter worldwide… and everyone was like who is Nikki? Me and Nikki have been together for 10 years and she’s been there for everything… and then you listen to me talk about Nikki in the album “Oh Nikki Nikki where you been’ then you get to the song Nikki and I’m like ‘I love it when you’re fresh, I love it when I take your top off and we share the same breath’ sounds like I’m talking about making love. Then you get to the hook and I’m talking about nicotine, and it’s like ‘holy shit tha’s crazy! But that was inspired by Kanye West’s Addiction”. Logic had tried to quit smoking and drinking for a long time: “I don’t drink liquor currently, I don’t smoke weed, I don’t do any type of hardcore drugs, I don’t do anything. The only thing I did do up until today is smoke cigarettes, but I quit coz I made a pact that if I release my debut album I will quit, I will make Nikki go. So I can see to live another day and hopefully release the next album and so on.” He added: “In my mind, how can I create a song about cigarettes without being corny? Because the shit sounds whack, just the concept ‘Oh, the motherfucker created a song about cigarettes’, cigarettes are so unappealing. There’s so many people who don’t smoke cigarettes.” Logic then continued talking about personalizing the song Nikki with anyone who has any type of addiction, he said: “… that is to sound like a break-up song. It sounds like I’m talking about a woman, and any man or woman could listen to that song when feeling depressed to a little down and relate it to their relationship personally between another human being. So that was the first objective, I had to master that when writing it. After that, it was ‘How can I write about cigarettes!’ Reveal that I’m talking about cigarettes in the end but also make it sound so that if anybody struggling with crack addiction, cocaine, heroin, weed, alcohol, fuckin’ pills… anything; could listen to this song and go ‘That’s my Nkki’ and I think I did a good job.” Logic gives credit to Kanye West for being the inspiration behind his song Nikki, saying: “That song would be nothing without Kanye.”

Artist’s age on release date

24

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Amateur artists covered this song on YouTube

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