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“Wrong”
MindofMine
Information
Album

Mind of Mine

Released

June 7, 2016

Format

Digital Download

Recorded

2015/2016

Length

3:32

Writers

Zayn Malik, Chase "CC" Wells, James Griffin, Kevin Rains, James Emerson, Salvador "S.L." Waviest, Kehlani Parrish

Producer

XYZ

Wrong, stylized as wRoNg, is a song of the English singer-songwriter Zayn Malik's debut solo album, Mind of MineIt is the ninth track of the album.

Lyrically, "Wrong" is about a purely sexual relationship. The narrators both express a desire to distance themselves from romantic feelings during their sexual encounters.

Background

"Wrong" incorporates elements from early 2000s R&B music.[1] Malik originally wrote "Wrong" as a rap, which he then used to create lyrics for the song. "Wrong" includes a featuring with the American singer-songwriter, Kehlani. According to Malik, he "reached out to her, played a couple of songs for her in L.A. and she's really cool, she liked the music, so she got in the studio within a couple of days, she gave me a song back that she wanted me to do, and we just got it done straight away." Zayn played the song for Kehlani, and the two then decided to trade features with one another.

"Wrong" impacted US rhythmic contemporary radio stations on 7 June 2016, as the third single. Ultimately, it seems the track was abandoned, as it did not receive a music video nor regular radio play.

Lyrics

[Zayn]
Oh when I, on the same place
Show me in the same light
Feels right, when we take flight
Clothes off 'cause she's so soft
This ain't a fair fight, yeah
I wanna shed light
On this subject
I'll get her wetter than ever
Four letters is never the question
She likes when I'm messy
And I like when she's undressing

You're looking in the wrong place for my love
Don't think because you're with me this is real
You're looking in the wrong place for my love
Don't stop what you're doing 'cause I like that too

[Kehlani]
Here with you 'cause you got the right vibe
Seems like you probably gotta do mine
But it's gotta be the right time
We're only good for the night time
I see through your demeanor
Baby, I'm a pleaser
I go out my way to treat you
But I can't be a teacher
'Cause I'm a problem with problems
I know who I am and I'm not no good
You can have me tonight or never
I thought you understood
Baby, some people are meant to be loved and others just make it
So take what I'm willing to give and love it or hate it

[Zayn & Kehlani]
You're looking in the wrong place for my love
Don't think because you're with me this is real
You're looking in the wrong place for my love
Don't stop what you're doing 'cause I like that too

[Zayn (Kehlani):]
I don't, I don't really know
I don't, I don't really care
Maybe keep it on the low
With stories I don't wanna share
(don't stop)

[Zayn & Kehlani x2]
You're looking in the wrong place for my love
Don't think because you're with me this is real
You're looking in the wrong place for my love
Don't stop what you're doing 'cause I like that too

Reception

Sputnik Music said that,"“Wrong” features excellent back-and-forth between Malik and up-and-comer Kehlani, who delivers an infectious guest verse."[2] "“Wrong” is a winningly sensual duet with the rising American R&B singer Kehlani that recalls the crackle of Justin Timberlake’s early solo recordings.", says NY Times.[3]

GQ Photoshoot

ZAYN - WRONG (GQ Photoshoot Edition) GQ02:16

ZAYN - WRONG (GQ Photoshoot Edition) GQ

References

  1. Mind of Mine Review - Entertainment Weekly
  2. Mind of Mine Review - Sputnik Music
  3. NY Times Review

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