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Nicki Minaj
Features The Weeknd
Released August 10, 2018
Format Digital download
Genre R&B
Length 3:18
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj
Abel Tesfaye
Jeremy Reid
Brittany Hazzard
Producer J. Reid
Queen track listing
"Thought I Knew You" is track number 7.
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"Run & Hide"

"Thought I Knew You" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album Queen. It features The Weeknd. The song was written by Minaj, The Weeknd, Brittany Hazzard and Jeremy Reid, and was produced by the latter. This is the second collaboration between Minaj and The Weeknd, following "The Hills (Remix)" in 2015.


In an interview with DJ Whoo Kid on August 17, 2018 while on Sirius XM Shade 45 to promote Queen, Minaj made the following statement about the track.

"The thing is it’s messed up because if I’ll say it, first of all, that person will feel bad and be offended and then it’ll make it seem like I still have an issue, you know, but sometimes you get out of something and you can say, "Man, wow, you was corny, you played yourself" or whatever, but I still can be cordial and move on. As an artist you wanna put that into your art, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you wanna put the person on blast all the time, but I did have a rap on that song and it would have put the person on blast, I took the rap off because I said, "You know what? I don’t want the bigger picture to be lost with this song"."[1]

I love how The Weeknd approached it, which is subtle, but still Weeknd is kind of dragging somebody on that song if you listen […] but versus when I do it, it’s not gonna go over too well, so there’s two songs that I took off the album because of that—they were talking about two different people, two different exes— because it was too that.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, recording engineer Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine was asked if songs such as "Thought I Knew You" and "Run & Hide" are recorded differently due to the "vulnerable feel" of the tracks.

"On "Thought I Knew You," it had to be smooth, something that changed your mood and put you in another place when you listen to it. The sonics have to match the mood that is being sung or rapped about."[2]



Chart (2018) Peak
US (Billboard Hot 100) 98
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 49
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 69
New Zealand 19



  • Composer: Onika Maraj, Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Brittany Hazzard, Jeremy Reid
  • Producer: J. Reid
  • Mixer: Jaycen Joshua
  • Assistant mixer: Ben Milchev, David Nakaji
  • Recording engineer: Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, Shin Kamiyama
  • Assistant recording engineer: Brian Judd, Laura Bates


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