“For Free” is a single by American musician DJ Khaled, featuring Canadian rapper Drake, released on June 3, 2016, by We the Best Music Group and Epic Records as the lead single from DJ Khaled’s ninth studio album, Major Key.
“For Free” is DJ Khaled and Drake’s summer ode to good sex. In it, Drake references Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 song “For Free?” and intentionally keeps the hook ambiguous, playing with the idea of men and women paying for sex.
Earlier, on Khaled’s Snapchat, he talked about “the Drake vocals finally [being] in,” referencing the then-unreleased song.
The song samples lyrics and cadences from Too $hort’s “Blow The Whistle” and interpolates Akinyele’s “Fuck Me For Free.” The funky guitar riff underpinning the beat is sampled from 17:30 in by Majid Jordan.
“For Free” is the fourth collaboration between DJ Khaled and Drake, following “No New Friends,” “I’m On One,” and “Fed Up.” Khaled also put an ad-lib at the end of Drake’s “Summer Sixteen.”
This is a real story: I was shooting my album cover, and I had a real lion on the album cover. I was sitting on the throne, and the lion was right here. Drake texts me with the second verse done. Mind you, I’m shooting my album cover, the lion is in front of me, and I’m on the throne. I swear on everything this is a true story. I even snapped and said, “The Drake vocals came in!” And the lion roars. This is all real. I’m not lying! You can go document and go find this.
I thought that was so powerful and spiritual and amazing. I couldn’t sleep at night until it was done. Because I knew I had the Jay Z record done. I just gotta finish this Drake record. I come with the Drake. Boom! I come with the Jay Z. Boom! And it’s gonna be like “Who does that?” My first two singles was Drake and Jay Z and Future! It’s unbelievable.
The song was produced by Nineteen85, Jordan Ullman and co-produced by Frankie Cutlass. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on September 15, 2016, for selling over 1,000,000 digital copies in the United States.