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Single by Kehlani
from the album Suicide Squad: The Album
Released August 1, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Alternative R&B
Length 2:57
Label Atlantic
Kehlani singles chronology
"Keep On"
"Keep On"
Suicide Squad track listing
"Standing in the Rain"
"Know Better"
Music video
"Gangsta" on YouTube

"Gangsta" is a song by American singer and songwriter Kehlani. It serves as the fourth and final single from the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The song was released on August 1, 2016 by Atlantic Records and was written by Kehlani, Myron Birdsong, Skylar Grey, Andrew Swanson and JMIKE, with the latter two also producing the song.[2] Lyrically the song speaks to her desire for a gangster's love for her, referring to the relationship between The Joker and Harley Quinn in the movie from the latter's point of view. The song is also featured on the deluxe edition of SweetSexySavage.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on August 5, 2016 on Kehlani's YouTube account. In the video Kehlani is seen in places making multiple references to the movie. She starts lying in a room of broken glass next to the bat Harley uses in the movie, swimming in a pool of water similar to acid Harley dives into, performing aerial acrobatics on the ceiling, dancing in a club for a love interest who looks similar to the Joker with green hair, tattoos and purple clothes and finally meeting that love interest outside. This is intercut with scenes from the movie showing the relationship of Harley and the Joker.

Covers versions[edit]

In 2017, rock band New Years Day covered "Gangsta" for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7.


Chart (2016) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 61
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 54
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 37
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[6] 56
France (SNEP)[7] 81
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 76
Italy (FIMI)[9] 66
New Zealand Heatseekers (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 2
Portugal (AFP)[11] 49
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 41
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 39
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 57
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[16] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 41
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[18] 13


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Kehlani's "Gangsta" Wasn't Originally Written For The 'Suicide Squad' Soundtrack". Genius. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Kehlani – Gangsta Lyrics - Genius Lyrics". Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (August 22, 2016). "Australian Singles: The Chainsmokers and Halsey Have No 1 Song". Noise11. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ " – Kehlani – Gangsta" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Kehlani Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201634 into search. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 32, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 33, 2016". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 36" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 15, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ " – Kehlani – Gangsta". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201634 into search. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "Vecolista Heatseeker – Vecka 33, 19 augusti 2016" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved April 1, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  16. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  17. ^ "Kehlani Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  18. ^ "Kehlani Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  19. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Kehlani – Gangsta". Music Canada. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Kehlani – Gangsta". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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