Arms Around You

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"Arms Around You"
XXXTentacion and Lil Pump – Arms Around You.png
Single by XXXTentacion and Lil Pump featuring Maluma and Swae Lee
Released October 25, 2018 (2018-10-25)
Format
Genre
Length 3:18
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
XXXTentacion singles chronology
"Falling Down"
(2018)
"Arms Around You"
(2018)
Lil Pump singles chronology
"Multi Millionaire"
(2018)
"Arms Around You"
(2018)
Maluma singles chronology
"Amigos con Derechos"
(2018)
"Arms Around You"
(2018)
Swae Lee singles chronology
"Close to Me"
(2018)
"Arms Around You"
(2018)

"Arms Around You" is a collaborative single by American rappers XXXTentacion and Lil Pump featuring Colombian singer Maluma and American rapper Swae Lee.[3] It was released on October 25, 2018, and is produced by Skrillex, Mally Mall and JonFX.[3]

Background[edit]

The track was originally recorded in 2017 with Rio Santana, who appeared on Onfroy's ? album, but was later changed to add bigger star co-features.[4] Lil Pump contacted XXXTentacion's mother Cleopatra Bernard after his death to ask if he could make a song to "honor his legacy", which resulted in the collaboration.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Rap-Up called the track a "global crossover track" featuring "Latin, alternative, hip-hop and pop influences".[3] Michael Saponara of Billboard wrote that XXXTentacion "implements an intoxicating flow mixed with some Spanish over the Mally Mall and Jon FX production, handling the reggaeton-tinged track's chorus duties".[5] C. Vernon Coleman II of XXL also felt the track had a "reggaeton feel", with Pump "stunt[ing] heavy as usual" and Swae Lee delivering a "rosy verse".[6] In addition, Winston Cook-Wilson of Spin called the track "house-inflected".[7]

While Ben Kaye of Consequence of Sound labeled it a "Latin-flavored club jam", he also stated that the timing of its release was "a bit of cringeworthy irony" with XXXTentacion's line in the chorus about protecting his girlfriend, as a recently released recording features him "confessing to multiple violent crimes including assaulting his girlfriend and stabbing eight people".[8] Brendan Klinkenberg of Rolling Stone felt that the song is "bland, Latin-inflected pop that reflects none of the talents of its four collaborators" and also called it "a mish-mash of vague pop-in-2018 signifiers without cohering into any sort of artistic statement".[9]

Promotion[edit]

Skrillex initially teased the track on Twitter and previewed the track on his Instagram, but later deleted the post.[10] NME noted that the post featured the hashtag "#LLJ", which stands for "Long Live Jahseh", XXXTentacion's real name.[11]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Genius.[12]

  • XXXTentacion – vocals, composition
  • Lil Pump – vocals, composition
  • Maluma – vocals, composition
  • Swae Lee – vocals, composition
  • Edgar Barrera – composition, engineer
  • Rio Santana – composition
  • Skrillex – production, composition
  • Mally Mall – production
  • JonFX – production
  • Rashawn Mclean – assistant mix engineer
  • Mike Seaberg – assistant mix engineer
  • Jacob Richards – assistant mix engineer
  • Brandon Brown – assistant mix engineer
  • Koen Heldens – mix engineer
  • Jaycen Joshua – mix engineer
  • Dave Kutch – mastering engineer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 14
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 15
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 31
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 8
Italy (FIMI)[18] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[21] 10
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 67
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/lil-pump-xxxtentacion-arms-around-you-747196/amp/
  2. ^ https://www.billboard.com/amp/articles/columns/hip-hop/8481677/xxxtentacion-lil-pump-arms-around-you
  3. ^ a b c d "New Music: XXXTentacion & Lil Pump feat. Maluma & Swae Lee – 'Arms Around You'". Rap-Up. October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  4. ^ A., Aron (October 26, 2018). "XXXTENTACION's "Arms Around You" Excludes Rio Santana For Big Features". HotNewHipHop.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Saponara, Michael (October 25, 2018). "XXXTentacion & Lil Pump Connect With Maluma & Swae Lee For New Song 'Arms Around You': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (October 25, 2018). "XXXTentacion and Lil Pump 'Arms Around You'". XXL. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (October 25, 2018). "Posthumous XXXTentacion Collaboration With Lil Pump, Swae Lee and Maluma Released". Spin. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Kaye, Ben (October 25, 2018). "XXXTentacion and Lil Pump appear on Skrillex-produced track 'Arms Around You': Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Klinkenberg, Brendan (October 25, 2018). "Lil Pump Releases XXXTentacion Collaboration 'Arms Around You' Amid Controversy". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Bloom, Madison (October 25, 2018). "XXXTentacion, Lil Pump, Swae Lee, and Skrillex Team for New Song". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Daly, Rhian (October 25, 2018). "Skrillex shares new collaborative track 'Arms Around You' with XXXTentacion, Lil Pump and more". NME. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Arms Around You (feat. Maluma & Swae Lee) / XXXTentacion". Tidal. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – XXXTentacion & Lil Pump feat. Maluma & Swae Lee – Arms Around You" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – XXXTentacion & Lil Pump feat. Maluma & Swae Lee – Arms Around You" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – XXXTentacion & Lil Pump feat. Maluma & Swae Lee – Arms Around You". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  17. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "Top Singoli – Classifica settimanale WK 44" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – XXXTentacion & Lil Pump feat. Maluma & Swae Lee – Arms Around You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 5, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 44, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 3, 2018.