Make Her Say

Make Her Say
"Make Her Say"
Single by Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West & Common
from the album Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Released June 9, 2009
Format Digital download, CD Single
Recorded 2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:36 (Album Version)
3:57 (Single Version)
3:18 (Video Edit)
Label Dream On/GOOD Music/Universal Motown
Writer(s) Scott Mescudi, Kanye West, Lonnie Lynn, Stefani Germanotta, Nadir Khayat
Producer Kanye West
Kid Cudi singles chronology
"Welcome to the World"
"Make Her Say"
"Pursuit of Happiness"
Kanye West singles chronology
"Maybach Music 2"
"Make Her Say"
"Run This Town"
Common singles chronology
"Make Her Say"
"Ghetto Dreams"
Music video
Make Her Say on YouTube

"Make Her Say" (originally "I Poke Her Face") is a song by American hip hop artist Kid Cudi, released as a the second single from his album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. The single was digitally released to iTunes on June 9, 2009.[1] The song was originally entitled "I Poke Her Face" but was changed to make it more acceptable for radio. It features Kanye West, who also produced the track, and Common, as well as scratches from DJ A-Trak. The song contains a vocal sample of an acoustic version of "Poker Face" from The Cherrytree Sessions EP by Lady Gaga, of whom West is a fan.[2] Gaga voiced approval of the track, saying that West "had so much insight into what the song was about."[3] Incidentally, just a few weeks later, the two revealed plans to tour together; however, the tour was later canceled.[4] The song received a nomination for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Not only does the track feature a vocal loop from Lady GaGa, Common references the Jamie Foxx & T-Pain song Blame It when he says: "She wanna' blame it on the al-al-al-al-alcohol".


Music video

The music video for "Make Her Say" was directed by Nez Khammal and released on July 20, 2009. The video carries a minimal aesthetic, with scenes taking place in empty, wide-open spaces. Although Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Common all appear in the video, they never attended a film shoot together. The music video utilizes a split screen effect to create the illusion that the three artists were all filmed in the same location. In reality, they had shot their individual scenes on opposite coasts of the United States; Common and Kid Cudi were filmed in New York while Kanye was filmed in Los Angeles. The group had wanted Lady Gaga to be included in the video, but she was too busy to make the appearance.[5]

The Make Her Say video is also the first music video to feature the hardware from Activision's DJ Hero.

Live performances

Kid Cudi performed the song solo during his set at the 2009 Bamboozle music festival.[6] Kid Cudi also performed the song on June 13 in Chicago at The B96 Pepsi Summer Bash and in London at the 2009 O2 Wireless Festival. He also performed his verse of the song at Lollapalooza 2009 in Chicago, IL. He performed the song with Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball tour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Track listing

Man on the Moon CD: The End of Day

  1. "Make Her Say" - 3:36

Digital single

  1. "Make Her Say" – 3:57

Promotional CD single

  1. "Make Her Say" (Clean) – 3:58
  2. "Make Her Say" (Dirty) – 3:58
  3. "Make Her Say" (Instrumental) – 3:57

U.S. CD single

  1. "Make Her Say" – 3:59
  2. "Day 'N' Night" – 3:42
  3. "Day 'N' Night" (Crookers Remix) – 4:41

Other Remixes

  • "Make Her Say" (Afrojack Remix) - 4:20

Chart performance

In the United States, "Make Her Say" debuted at number fifty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 18, 2009.[7] That same week, it also entered the Canadian Hot 100 at number seventy-eight.[8] The song entered the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart at number six for the issue date of July 4.[9] The following week, it appeared on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number seventy-three.[10]


Chart (2009)[11] Peak
Australian Urban Singles Chart 27[12]
Belgium Singles Chart (Flanders) 18[13]
Canadian Hot 100 78[14]
German Singles Chart 85[15]
New Zealand Singles Chart 35[16]
UK Singles Chart 67[17]
UK R&B Chart 24[18]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 43[19]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 39[20]
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 11[21]


  1. ^ "Make Her Say – Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  2. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2009-05-28). "Kanye West 'Inspired' By Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face' For Kid Cudi Single". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ Reed, Shaheim (2009-05-06). "Lady Gaga Says Kanye West Saw Past Her 'Poker Face'". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2009-06-10). "Kanye West To Tour With Lady Gaga". MTV. MTV Networks Inc. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  5. ^ Kash, Tim; Roberts, Steven (2009-07-20). "Kanye West, Common Lend Kid Cudi Bicoastal Support In Video". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  6. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (2009-05-03). ""Journey" Surprise Fall Out Boy Crowd With Bamboozle Set". Rolling Stone. RealNetworks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  7. ^ Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (2009-06-18). "Black Eyed Peas Take Top Two Slots On Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 – Make Her Say". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles – Make Her Say". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  10. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles – Make Her Say". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West and Common – Make Her Say". 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
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  13. ^ "Kid Cudi Feat. Kanye West & Common – Make Her Say". Ultratop/Hung Medien. 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
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