Sweet Serenade

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"Sweet Serenade"
Single by Pusha T featuring Chris Brown
from the album My Name Is My Name
Released September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:40
Label GOOD Music, Def Jam
Writer(s) Terrence Thornton, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Kasseem Dean
Producer(s) Swizz Beatz, Kanye West (add.)
Pusha T chronology
"Numbers on the Boards"
(2013)
"Sweet Serenade"
(2013)
"Nosetalgia"
(2014)
Chris Brown chronology
"Love More"
(2013)
"Sweet Serenade"
(2013)
"Show Me"
(2013)

"Sweet Serenade" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Pusha T from his debut studio album My Name Is My Name (2013). "Sweet Serenade" features vocals from American singer Chris Brown, with production by Swizz Beatz and Kanye West. On September 4, 2013, the song was released to iTunes as the album's third official single by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings. The song has peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Background[edit]

On August 28, 2013, Pusha T premiered the audio to "Sweet Serenade" featuring singer Chris Brown.[1][2] It would be the fourth song from the album revealed, after the first two singles "Pain", "Numbers on the Board" and "Who I Am" featuring Big Sean and 2 Chainz.[3] Shortly after during a Twitter Q&A he revealed the song was produced by Swizz Beatz.[4] It would then be released for retail digital download on September 4, 2013.[5]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The songs production features a lowdown minimal thump and restrained orchestral beat.[2][6] Throughout the song Pusha T shares his thoughts on his career arc, as well as on the state of the rap game.[2] The song also features a chorus sung by American R&B singer Chris Brown.[4] Overall the song conjures up incongruous imagery over the mildly eerie production, driven by choral vocals and slow-rolling percussion.[7] Pusha T explained the track saying, ""Sweet Serenade" is the long exhale after making it past a street life with serious consequences. It's basically celebrating the fact that we've made it this far. We've been through so much, me and my friends. We've been around some of the worst things, the worst environments, we've lived through some really harsh times and we're still here and we're celebrating that."[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Sweet Serenade" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Jake Jenkins of AbsolutePunk said, "Sweet Serenade" has the unfortunate inclusion of a Chris Brown hook, but its by the books, inoffensive, and a lot more desirable than Swizz Beats deciding to take his production credit a step further and gracing the track with one of his infamous shouting hooks. The spotlight here is all on Pusha T though, and his verses are strong enough to make you forget that this song even has a hook.[9] David Jeffries of AllMusic called the song, "aptly titled" but still edgy.[10] Craig Jenkins of Pitchfork Media stated, "disembodied, wraithlike Chris Brown’s good life platitudes on “Sweet Serenade” are waylaid by at every turn by gun-toting mogul talk."[11]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Sweet Serenade" was shot on September 23, 2013, in Playa del Rey, California and directed by Colin Tilley.[8] The video was shot on a beach during the night.[12] On September 25, a behind the scenes video was released.[8] The music video was released on October 7, 2013.[13][14][15]

On October 17, 2013, a video was released featuring Pusha T performing the song in the studio with DJ Kay Slay.[16]

Remix[edit]

On December 18, 2013, The LOX (Styles P, Jadakiss & Sheek Louch) released a remix to "Sweet Serenade" along with the Kendrick Lamar assisted "Nostalgia".[17]

Track listing[edit]

Digital Single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Sweet Serenade" (featuring Chris Brown) Terrence Thornton, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Kasseem Dean Swizz Beatz, Kanye West 3:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[18] 19
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[19] 44

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)[5] Digital download GOOD Music, Def Jam
United Kingdom October 18, 2013 (2013-10-18)[20] Urban contemporary radio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pusha T Taps Chris Brown For ‘Sweet Serenade’". Rapfix.mtv.com. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pusha T f/ Chris Brown "Sweet Serenade"". Complex. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  3. ^ Carl Williott (2013-08-29). "Chris Brown Joins Pusha T On "Sweet Serenade": Listen | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  4. ^ a b Montanez, Eric. "Pusha T featuring Chris Brown – Sweet Serenade (Produced by Swizz Beatz)". Hypetrak. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  5. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Sweet Serenade (feat. Chris Brown) - Single by Pusha T". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  6. ^ "Pusha T – "Sweet Serenade" (Feat. Chris Brown)". Stereogum. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  7. ^ Pusha T Follow @Pusha_T   (2013-09-02). "Pusha T ft. Chris Brown - Sweet Serenade Music Video | Listen". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  8. ^ a b c 09/25/2013 15:34:56 (2013-09-25). "Pusha T And Chris Brown's 'Sweet Serenade' Is Anything But Sweet: Watch Exclusive Set Visit! - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  9. ^ "Pusha T - My Name Is My Name - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  10. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/my-name-is-my-name-mw0002581226
  11. ^ "Pusha T: My Name Is My Name | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  12. ^ "Video: Pusha T f/ Chris Brown – ‘Sweet Serenade’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  13. ^ "Watch Pusha T’s New Video For "Sweet Serenade"". TheSource. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  14. ^ "Pusha T Brings a Stripper Pole to the Beach in 'Sweet Serenade' Video | SPIN | SPIN Mix | Videos". SPIN. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  15. ^ "Watch: Pusha T’s video for "Sweet Serenade"". Consequence of Sound. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  16. ^ "Pusha T Performs ‘Sweet Serenade’ For DJ Kay Slay | Video". stupidDOPE.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  17. ^ http://www.vibe.com/article/new-music-lox-sweet-serenade-and-nosetalgia-freestyles
  18. ^ "Pusha T Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Pusha T.
  19. ^ "Pusha T Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Pusha T.
  20. ^ "Radio 1Xtra Playlist". Archived from the original on October 21, 2013.