“Lil Freak” is a song by American recording artist Usher with guest vocals by American rapper Nicki Minaj. The song was released as the second United States-only single from his sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond, on iTunes on March 2, 2010. Its hook is based around a manipulated sample of American soul musician Stevie Wonder’s 1973 hit, “Living for the City”. The song, lyrically based around the thrill of orchestrating threesomes in a club, is of more explicit nature than typical Usher songs, dating back to 2001’s “U Don’t Have to Call”.
Usher and Minaj shot the music video on March 9, 2010 in Los Angeles with director Taj Stansberry. In an interview with MTV News on the set of her video for “Massive Attack”, Minaj said that “The video is freaky. And it’s a great concept, a great story line, Nicki told MTV News. And it’s a great concept, a great story line. It felt just like one of the sequels to ‘Saw,’ It was dope.” On March 22, 2010 a thirty second preview of the music video was surfaced onto the internet. On March 24, 2010 the full music video premiered on BET’s 106 & Park. R&B singer Ciara and singer/actor Jamie Foxx make appearances in the video.