Meaning of “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Wild Thoughts is a song performed by DJ Kahled. It features singers Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The lyrics of the song are about someone whose significant other makes them think about wild things whenever they are with them.

Facts about “Wild Thoughts”

  •  Wild Thoughts heavily samples the 1999 massively successful song Maria Maria by Carlos Santana featuring the R&B duo The Product G&B.
  • The song was written by a myriad of artists including, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean, Bryson Tiller, Jerry Duplessis and Jahron Braithwaite (also known as PartyNextDoor).
  • The song was produced by DJ Khaled, DJ Nasty and Khaled’s son Asahd Tuck Khaled (who was barely a year old at that time).
  • Wild Thoughts was released on June 16, 2017 as the third single from DJ Khaled’s tenth studio album Grateful.
  • The song was the first time Khaled and Rihanna had worked together.
  •  In response to the use of his song Maria Maria in Wild Thoughts, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana not only praised what DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson did with the song, but also went on to say that he felt “honored”.  
  •  While Santana praised Wild Thoughts, The Product G&B (who sang the original version of Maria Maria) felt that the cover had completely robbed the original song of its true meaning.
  • As a result of the fact that the song uses almost all the music from Santana’s Maria Maria, including the legendary guitar solos of Santana, many consider the song a cover.
  • The song peaked at number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and number 2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Frequently Asked Questions about “Wild Thoughts”

Q: Is Wyclef featured in “Wild Thoughts”?

A: No, he isn’t. However, he is credited as one of the songwriters because he not only co-wrote the original song Maria Maria, but he also co-produced it.  

Q: Did “Wild Thoughts” win a Grammy Award?

A: No. It has however, won other prestigious awards such as a BET Hip Hop Award and a Soul Train Music Award in 2017 for Best Collaboration.

Q: Has “Wild Thoughts” been remixed?

A: Yes. Artists such as Fabolous and Trey Songz have remixed the song since its release in 2017.

Q: Did DJ Khaled’s son actually co- produce this song?

A: Absolutely not. Khaled’s son Asahd Khaled was only a few months old when the song was produced and could therefore have not been capable of playing any role in the song’s production. Speaking on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show in 2017, Khaled explained how his toddler son ended up being an executive producer of the album Grateful. According to him, Asahd was present with him and inspired him throughout the recording process of the entire album.

 

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