2016Released
5:26

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Interesting facts and trivia about Redbone. By Songfacts®.

Childish Gambino sings on this sultry jam of his girlfriend with a caramel complexion. ("Redbone" is a term for a light-skinned black woman.) He begins the song by referencing the morning sex he isn't getting with her and on the hook warns her to "stay woke" (vigilant) if they are going to make the relationship work.

Though there are no actual samples, the melody pays homage to the 1976 Bootsy Collins track "I'd Rather Be With You." There are also similarities to bassist Jaco Pastorius' 1976 instrumental "Portrait Of Tracy," which is prominently sampled in SWV's "Rain" and Chingy and Tyrese's "Pullin' Me Back."

Did you think there was some vocal pitching by Gambino here? Turns out his singing on <b>Awaken, My Love!</b> was essentially untouched. "Actually, there wasn't a ton of vocal stuff done," Gambino insisted to Australia's Triple J <i>Breakfast</i> radio show. "I think people hear 'Redbone' and like, 'Oh, he pitched up his vocals.' And there was no vocal pitching on the album. I just sang differently."

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Home Office Radio
55 Followers9h 49m
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CA SUMMER
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when the sun’s down
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i don’t smoke weed but this playlist is perfect for that
white girl wasted
16 Followers9h 39m
a bottle of pink whitney and this playlist makes for me regretting 92.71% of the night
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Loggo
15 Followers445h 36m
The most random playlist you will ever see on Spotify :P
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Chill af
0 Followers14h 40m
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Just Tryna Vibe
5 Followers25h 4m
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Collage
0 Followers13h 38m
2014 - 2018 ~ish

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Redbone.
C♯Key
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
160BPM

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