"Hey Mama" is a song by French DJ and producer David Guetta featuring vocals from Trinidadian American singer and rapper Nicki Minaj and Albanian-American recording artist Bebe Rexha as well as production from Dutch DJ and music producer Afrojack. The song was released on 16 March 2015 as the fourth single from Guetta's sixth studio album Listen.
The artists co-wrote the song with Ester Dean, Sean Douglas, and Giorgio Tuinfort, the latter of whom also co-produced it with Guetta and Afrojack; the intro and post-chorus features a prominent sample from "Rosie", an Alan Lomax recording from the 1940s.
Rexha explained to Billboard why she wasn't initially credited as a featured artist on the track: "We talked about it - I actually emailed Guetta about it. I really wanted to be featured on it, because, you know, I've been signed and dropped, and now signed a second time, so it's been hard. What ended up happening was that it looked like a lot of names on the title, so they wanted to keep as many low features as possible. That's what I was told, and it makes sense to me. I guess more than two names doesn't look good on the radio. It's tough hearing your voice on the radio, on a chorus, and knowing that people think it's another artist." As of May 2015, Rexha is officially credited in all instances of the songs mention.
"Hey Mama" is the third collaboration between Guetta and Minaj, following Nothing but the Beat singles "Where Them Girls At" (which features Minaj and Flo Rida) (2011) and the triple-platinum "Turn Me On" (2012)
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