"Wild Thoughts" is a song by American musician DJ Khaled featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna and American singer Bryson Tiller. It was released on June 16, 2017, by We the Best and Epic Records as the fourth single from Khaled's tenth studio album, Grateful (2017). Canadian singer PartyNextDoor assisted the artists in writing the song, with production handled by Khaled. A mid-tempo Latin-inspired song, "Wild Thoughts" consists of Latin percussion, acoustic guitar lines and riffs that are heavily sampled from the 1999 hit single "Maria Maria" by American Latin rock band Santana.
Critical response to "Wild Thoughts" was positive; a number of critics praised its composition and Rihanna's for commanding the song, however others felt that song was too similar to the original "Maria Maria" (1999). The music video for the song was directed by Colin Tilley and was shot in in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, Florida.
Bryson Tiller and Khaled had first collaborated on the track "Ima Be Alright" for Khaled's ninth studio album Major Key (2016). While talking about collaborating with Rihanna for the first time in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Khaled said; "Seven, eight years I've been trying to do this. I always put the kites out there that I wanted to work with her. But at the same time, while I was putting the kites out there, I was always getting the right record ready. You've gotta start with the right energy to see if something comes back that’s possible."
On June 9, 2017, Khaled released the album's track listing, which also included "Wild Thoughts". The song's artwork, which features Khaled's son Asahd, was revealed via Rihanna's Instagram account on June 15, 2017. "Wild Thoughts" was released on June 16, 2017, as the album's fourth single. Grateful was released on June 23, 2017.
"Wild Thoughts" is a mid-tempo Latin-inspired song, that consists of Latin percussion and "slinky acoustic guitar lines." The song heavily samples the guitar riff from Santana's 1999 "Maria Maria", which features The Product G&B. Billboard editor Andrew Unterberger noted the "Wild Thoughts" featured the same groove and riff as "Maria Maria" and even featured Wyclef Jean's "murmuring" who supplied the original songs ad-libs. File Hashes