“Loyal” by Chris Brown (ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga)
“Loyal” is one of Chris Brown’s signature tunes, which features Breezy unforgettably exclaiming that “these hoes ain’t loyal”. Now a hoe, in the world of hip-hop, basically refers to a promiscuous woman. But in a more macrocosmic sense, it can also refer to all women in general. And that’s more or less the context in which the term is being utilized in this song. Basically, Brown and his well-paid cohorts brag about the fact that due to their riches, they are able to sleep with other guys’ girlfriends. Or as stated in the chorus, “hoes ain’t loyal” when they’re approached by a rich dude.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it. For the narratives featured in the verses all point back to this idea of the vocalists being able to seduce committed women, or ladies being attracted to them because they are rich and famous.
Facts about “Loyal”
RCA Records released this song on 19 December 2013 as the fourth single from Chris Brown’s album entitled “X”, marking the most-successful track from that project.
There is an extensive writing team behind “Loyal”. For instance, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Charles Carter, Roger Parker and Steve Arrington are credited as co-writers, as they wrote a song entitled “Money Ain’t a Thang” which is interpolated into “Loyal”.
Then the other writers are Marc E. Bassy, Ty Dolla $ign, Buddy Hankerson, Bobby Brackins, Tyga, Lil Wayne, the track’s producer Nic Nac and Chris Brown, with Breezy also writing the 2018 version of the song which he performed solo.
Brown also dropped versions of this song featuring Tyga, French Montana and Too Short.
Moreover there is a remix performed by Keyshia Cole alongside Sean Kingston.
“Loyal” proved to be a notable success for Brown, topping Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as well as its Rhythmic listing. In fact in terms of the former, it was the year-end number one for 2014.
Moreover the track topped the UK R&B Chart and peaked at number 9 on the Hot 100. Furthermore, “Loyal” was a top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart. And it went on to be certified quadruple-Platinum in the United States and triple-Platinum in Australia.