"Mercy" is a song by American hip hop GOOD Music rappers Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T along with their Def Jam label-mate, southern rapper 2 Chainz. The song, released April 3, 2012 serves as the lead single from the compilation album Cruel Summer (2012). The song's production was handled by Lifted, with additional production from West, Phines Muzic aka joseph derivé, Mike Dean and Mike Will, and additional instrumentation from Hudson Mohawke. The song heavily samples the dancehall song "Dust a Sound Boy" by Super Beagle. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics who praised the bombastic production, the varying quality of the verses, and the wordplay of the individual rappers.
The song peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one on both the US Billboard Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song has since been certified Platinum, and has sold over 2 million copies in the US as of October 2012. A music video directed by Australian director Nabil Elderkin was released on June 6, 2012. The highly-stylized video shows a long take of all four rappers featured on the song, along with other GOOD Music recording artists such as Cyhi the Prynce and Kid Cudi in cameos. The video features the rappers giving their verses and dancing around, with deliberate editing to make it appear as if they are disappearing and reappearing behind walls. The video received positive reviews from critics.
West performed his portion of the song at the 2012 Watch the Throne Tour, and 2 Chainz, Pusha and Big Sean performed the track during Sean's setlist at the 2012 Summer Jam festival. The song was performed by all 4 artists at the 2012 BET Awards, with West substituting his verse from "Mercy" with his verses from "Cold" and "New God Flow". Complex Magazine named the song the best song of 2012. The song received two nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 55th Grammy Awards to be held in February 2013. File Hashes