To the World

Last updated

"To the World"
Song by Kanye West and R. Kelly
from the album Cruel Summer
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2012

"To the World" is a song by American hip hop recording artists Kanye West and R. Kelly. It also features uncredited vocals from Teyana Taylor. [1] The song was produced by Wansel, Oakwud, West, Hudson Mohawke, Ken Lewis, Mano, Travis Scott and Anthony Kilhoffer. It includes a diss directed from West towards Mitt Romney. Roscoe Dash claimed to have helped write the song via Twitter, despite his name not being on the credits. In 2012, the song charted in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.


Background and composition

The track surfaced online on September 13, 2012, one day before the album's release. [2] It includes classical strings and drums. [2] Within the track, West quotes American rapper Rick Ross with the line: "These niggas tryna hold me back". [3]


West takes a shot at Mitt Romney in "To the World", rapping the line: "Mitt Romney don't pay no tax, Mitt Romney don't pay no tax", which is a reference to how Romney refused to make more than two years of his tax returns public. [4] Despite West dissing Romney, Barack Obama was actually the one from the 2012 election that had issues with West in the past, calling him a jackass on two separate occasions. [5] The Guardian actually cited it as what may be the best line on the album. [6]

Roscoe Dash claimed to be an uncredited writer for "To the World" during a rant by him from his Twitter account a few days after the album was released. [7] Dash elaborated on this in an October 2012 interview with Sway Calloway by claiming to feel like there was an error along the lines of a typo that lead to him not receiving credit. [8]

Commercial performance

Despite never being released as a single, the song managed to chart in a total of four countries worldwide in 2012. It performed best in the United States, where it peaked at number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also reached number 35 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. [9] [10] "To the World" managed to reach the top 100 in the United Kingdom and Canada too, charting at number 94 on the UK Singles Chart and number 92 on the Canadian Hot 100 respectively. [11] [12] As well as this, it reached number 161 in France. [13]


Chart (2012)Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [14] 92
France (SNEP) [15] 161
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [16] 94
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) [17] 17
US Billboard Hot 100 [18] 70
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ( Billboard ) [19] 35
US Hot Rap Songs ( Billboard ) [20] 24


  1. Credited as co-producer
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Credited as additional producer

Related Research Articles

No Hands 2010 single by Roscoe Dash, Wale, Waka Flocka Flame

"No Hands" is a song recorded by American rapper Waka Flocka Flame for his debut studio album, Flockaveli (2010). The song features guest appearances from rappers Roscoe Dash and Wale. It was produced by Drumma Boy with co-production and writing credits from N. Cobey. It was leaked in May 2010 before it was officially released in August. The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #45 and peaked at #13.

H•A•M single

"H•A•M" is a song by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West. It was released as the first single from their collaborative studio album Watch the Throne on January 11, 2011. It was produced by Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis and Kanye West. The song has served as the opening track to the duo's North American and European Watch the Throne Tour. Various rap artists have remixed it, such as Ace Hood and Busta Rhymes. The song was featured in the 2012 film Project X.

Big Sean discography discography

American rapper Big Sean has released four studio albums, four mixtapes, twenty-five singles, eight promotional singles, and thirty-nine music videos. In 2008, Big Sean was discovered by an American rapper and record producer Kanye West, who signed Sean to his record label GOOD Music—distributed through Def Jam Recordings. Since 2008, after signing a record deal to West's label G.O.O.D. Music, Sean's breakthrough career continued through his mixtapes such as Finally Famous Vol. 2: UKNOWBIGSEAN (2009) and Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG (2010). While he's been putting out these mixtapes, he's been collaborating through these artists tracks and/or singles from West, Royce da 5'9" and Chris Brown.

Marvin & Chardonnay 2011 single by Kanye West, Big Sean, Roscoe Dash

"Marvin & Chardonnay" is a song by American rapper Big Sean, released as the second single from his debut studio album, Finally Famous. It features American rappers Kanye West and Roscoe Dash. The song was written by Sean, West, Dash, and Andrew "Pop" Wansel with production by Wansel. It was sent to urban contemporary radio stations on July 12, 2011 and to Rhyhtmic radio on July 26, 2011. In the chorus of the song, Roscoe Dash references late American R&B/soul music singer Marvin Gaye and white wine chardonnay. The song was originally called "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay".

Roscoe Dash rapper

Jeffery Lee Johnson Jr., better known by his stage names Roscoe Dash and Roscoe Dash 2.0, is an American hip hop rapper, singer and record producer. He is best known for his debut single "All the Way Turnt Up", which reached number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. He is also known for featuring on "No Hands" by Waka Flocka Flame the same year, and "Marvin & Chardonnay" by Big Sean in 2011, both reaching 13 and 32 respectively on the Billboard Charts. Roscoe also has numerous accolades as a songwriter, working with some of the industry's top talent.

The discography of Roscoe Dash, an American rapper, consists of one extended play, six mixtapes, two music videos, and eight singles,.

Mercy (GOOD Music song) 2012 single by Kanye West

"Mercy" is a song by American hip hop GOOD Music rappers Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T along with their Def Jam label-mate rapper 2 Chainz. The song, released April 3, 2012, serves as the lead single from the compilation album Cruel Summer (2012). The song's production was handled by Lifted, with additional production from West, Mike Dean and Mike Will Made It, and additional instrumentation from Hudson Mohawke. The song heavily samples the dancehall song "Dust a Sound Boy" by Super Beagle. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics who praised the bombastic production, the varying quality of the verses, and the wordplay of the individual rappers. The song was featured on the soundtrack for NBA 2K13.

<i>Cruel Summer</i> (GOOD Music album) 2012 compilation album by GOOD Music

Kanye West Presents: Good Music - Cruel Summer, commonly referred to as Cruel Summer, is a compilation album by recording artists of American record label GOOD Music, released on September 14, 2012, by the label and Def Jam Recordings. American rapper Kanye West, head of the label, first revealed plans for a label collaborative album in October 2011. The album produced four singles—"Mercy", "Cold", "New God Flow", and "Clique"—that charted on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album features West himself, alongside GOOD Music signees Pusha T, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Common, D'banj and Malik Yusef, as well as affiliates 2 Chainz, Jay-Z and Travis Scott, among others. Production on the album was primarily handled by members of GOOD Music's production wing, Very GOOD Beats, including West, Hit-Boy, Hudson Mohawke, Travis Scott and Lifted, among others.

New God Flow single by Kanye West and Pusha T

"New God Flow" is a song by American rappers Kanye West and Pusha T. It was released as the third single from the compilation album Cruel Summer (2012), a collaboration between members of their record label GOOD Music. Produced by West, Anthony Kilhoffer and Boogz & Tapez, "New God Flow" incorporates numerous samples into its arrangement. It features lines by Pusha T directed at American rapper and record producer Birdman. American rapper Ghostface Killah, whose song "Mighty Healthy" is prominently sampled in the song, is featured on an alternate version entitled "New God Flow.1" that appears on Cruel Summer. West and Pusha T performed "New God Flow" on several occasions, including the 2012 BET Awards and Jay-Z's Made in America Festival. The song was awarded Best Beat at the XXL Awards.

I Dont Like 2012 single by Chief Keef and Lil Reese

"I Don't Like" is the debut single by Chief Keef featuring Lil Reese and produced by Young Chop. It was released on March 11, 2012. It peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #15 on the Rap Songs chart. The song was produced by Young Chop. The video for "I Don't Like" went viral with over 28 million views on YouTube, before being taken down. The song features Chief Keef listing off things he does not like. The song was later remixed by Kanye West, The Game, and Lil Wayne, among others.

Clique (song) single

"Clique" is a song by American rappers Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean. The song serves as the fourth single from the album Cruel Summer (2012), a collaboration between members of West's label GOOD Music. The song's production was handled by Hit-Boy and West. "Clique" was released as a single to the iTunes Store on September 7, 2012. Additional vocals on the song are provided by American R&B singer James Fauntleroy II, who performs the song's introduction. It was among the Award Winning R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at the 2014 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards and Award Winning Songs at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

"The Morning" is a song by recording artists Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and D'banj from the 2012 GOOD Music album Cruel Summer, which features uncredited vocals from Kanye West. The song was produced by West, !llmind, Jeff Bhasker and Travis Scott. A remix was released by 2 Chainz titled "G.O.O.D. Morning".

"All Your Fault" is a song recorded by American rapper Big Sean featuring fellow rap artist Kanye West, from Sean's third studio album Dark Sky Paradise. It contains samples from Ambrosia's 1978 song "How Much I Feel" and features additional vocals from Travis Scott.

Teyana Taylor discography

American recording artist Teyana Taylor has released two studio albums, one compilation album, one extended play (EP), two mixtapes, and eight singles. In 2009, Taylor released her first mixtape, From a Planet Called Harlem, which included her debut single "Google Me". It debuted at its peak of number ninety on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Around this time, Taylor featured on songs with the likes of Trey Songz, Missy Elliott, and Kanye West. Taylor has spoken about her inspiration from fellow female musician Lauryn Hill, which was noted with the release of her second mixtape in 2012. The mixtape, entitled The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor, takes its name from Hill's album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Pop Style 2016 single by Drake

"Pop Style" is a song by Canadian recording artist Drake, featuring American rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z. The song was released alongside "One Dance", as singles promoting Drake's fourth studio album Views, initially for exclusive digital download on iTunes on April 5, 2016. The album version features only Drake with a new verse. The single version was nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards.

"All We Got" is a song by American rapper Chance the Rapper featuring Kanye West and Chicago Children's Choir, from Chance's third mixtape Coloring Book (2016). It contains vocals from Francis Starlite, Grace Weber, Isaiah Robinson, Jack Red, Sima Cunningham, Teddy Jackson and Vasil Garnanliever. A remix was shared by SBTRKT in March 2018.

Champions (GOOD Music song) single by Kanye West

"Champions" is a collaborative song by American rappers Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner, released as the lead single from the upcoming GOOD Music compilation album Cruel Winter. The song was produced by West himself, alongside A-Trak, Lex Luger and Mike Dean, with co-production from Derek Watkins and Charlie Heat, and additional production from Noah Goldstein. A freestyle video was released by Teyana Taylor in September 2016.

Kanye West singles discography singles discography

American rapper and record producer Kanye West has released one hundred and thirty seven singles, four promotional singles and charted with sixty five other songs. West has sold 32.7 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. As of May 2012, six of his songs have each exceeded three million digital downloads. In 2003, West collaborated with rapper Twista and singer Jamie Foxx on the song "Slow Jamz", which became West's first single to top the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2004, West's debut album The College Dropout produced four singles, including the Hot 100 top ten single "All Falls Down" and the Grammy Award-winner "Jesus Walks". In 2005, West released his second studio album Late Registration, which featured five singles, including "Touch the Sky", "Heard 'Em Say" and "Gold Digger"; the latter single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first single as a lead artist to top the chart.

"Champions" is a collaborative song by hip hop artists Dame Dash, Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, Cam'ron, Young Chris and Twista. It is listed as the first track on the second disc of the Paid in Full soundtrack. The song includes a sped-up sample of "We Are the Champions" by Queen. It was originally scheduled to be a bonus track on West's album The College Dropout (2004).

"The One" is a song by recording artists Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius from the 2012 GOOD Music album Cruel Summer. The song features additional vocals from James Fauntleroy II. It samples "Public Enemy No. 1" by Public Enemy and "Double Barrel" by Dave & Ansel Collins. West pays lyrical reference to Scott Disick.


  1. Cruel Summer (PDF digital booklet). GOOD Music. Def Jam Recordings. 2012.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. 1 2 Newman, Melinda (September 13, 2012). "Listen: Kanye West and R. Kelly on 'To The World' from 'Cruel Summer'". Uproxx . Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  3. Millard, Drew (September 20, 2012). "A Thing or Two About Kanye West's "Cruel Summer" Album". VICE . Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  4. Alexis, Nadeska (September 14, 2012). "Kanye West Raps: 'Mitt Romney Don't Pay No Tax'". MTV . MTV Networks. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. "Obama Calls Kanye West a 'Jackass'". Rolling Stone . April 12, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  6. MacInnes, Paul (September 20, 2012). "Kanye West presents GOOD Music: Cruel Summer – review". The Guardian . Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  7. Fitzgerald, Trent (September 21, 2012). "Roscoe Dash Claims Kanye West Didn't Give Him Credit on 'Cruel Summer'". PopCrush . Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  8. Harling, Danielle (October 4, 2012). "Roscoe Dash Gives An Update On Receiving Proper Credit On "Cruel Summer"". HipHopDX . Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  9. "Kanye West To The World Chart History". Billboard . Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  10. "Top Hip-Hop Songs / R&B Songs Chart – October 6, 2012". Billboard . Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  11. "To the World | Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company . Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  12. "Canadian Music: Top 100 Songs Chart – October 6, 2012". Billboard . Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  13. "Discographie Kanye West". (in French). Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  14. "Kanye West Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  15. " – Kanye West – To The World" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  16. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  17. "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  18. "Kanye West Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  19. "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  20. "Kanye West Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2018.