Make Love (Gucci Mane song)

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"Make Love"
Make Love.jpg
Single by Gucci Mane featuring Nicki Minaj
from the album Mr. Davis
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
Length4:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Southside
Gucci Mane singles chronology
"Perfect Pint"
(2017)
"Make Love"
(2017)
"Down"
(2017)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Swalla"
(2017)
"Make Love"
(2017)
"Changed It"
(2017)

"Make Love" is a hip hop song by Gucci Mane featuring Nicki Minaj. The song was released as a single on February 23, 2017, by Young Money Entertainment and Atlantic Records as the first single from Mane's album Mr. Davis.[1]

It debuted and peaked at number 76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 22 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. On April 19, Mane released the music video for "Make Love". Following the release of the track, critics suggested that the track may have contained attacks directed at Minaj enemies.[2]

Background[edit]

The collaboration marks the first time after seven years Mane and Minaj were on a song together.[3][4] The song also marks the first time the pair worked together since they exchanged heated words on Twitter in 2013.[5]

On February 23, 2017, Mane announced on his Twitter that he was dropping the "hardest song of the year" at midnight. A music video soon followed.[6][7]

On the track, Minaj takes shots at Remy Ma, who previously released "Money Shower" which was aimed at Minaj.[8][8]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Eif Rivera.[9] On March 27, 2017, Minaj surprised her fanbase with "Make Love" visual release date on Twitter, the following day the video was uploaded on Mane's Vevo.[10] The video primarily shows Mane and Minaj, it shows Minaj delivering her verse from while seating on an oversized pool float unicorn. Meanwhile, Gucci is shown driving around his mension relaxed listening to his music.[10][6]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received highly positive reviews from critics, most comparing Minaj's verse to her "Monster" verse. Vanessa okoth-obbo of Pitchfork's praised the song, saying "Gucci's already claiming this is the "hardest song of the year," and his swaggering verses find him extolling his fame, wealth, and finer things in life".[11] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone wrote "Minaj appears on the second half of "Make Love" to deliver a feisty verse that takes aim at an unnamed challenger to her throne. "You see, silly rabbit / To be the queen of rap / You gotta sell / You gotta get plaques / S, plural / Like the S on my chest / Now sit your ass down / You got an 'F' on the test," she says on the track."[3] The Musical Hype gave the track a three and half star rating stating ""Make Love" truly has little to do with sex… Gucci flexes ("Damn, who colder than me?). Nicki shuts it down ("I rep Queens where they listen to a bunch of Nas / I'm a yes and these b*tches is a bunch of nahs"). This isn't totally new from the ATL rapper or his partner-in-crime, but it works out sensationally all in all."[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–2018) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 78
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 33
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[15] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gucci Mane Taps Nicki Minaj For "Make Love"". Vibe. 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Nicki Minaj Brings Her Remy Ma Diss to Life on a Blow-Up Unicorn for 'Make Love'". BET.com.
  3. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel; Kreps, Daniel (24 February 2017). "Hear Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj Reteam for Feisty 'Make Love'".
  4. ^ Weinstein, Max. "Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj Team Up on 'Make Love' - XXL". XXL Mag.
  5. ^ Schwadron, Eli. "Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj Reunite - XXL". XXL Mag.
  6. ^ a b "Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj's Awkward "Make Love" Video Doesn't Need to Exist". 29 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Watch Gucci Mane And Nicki Minaj's Fun "Make Love" Video". The FADER.
  8. ^ a b "Is Nicki Minaj Dissing Remy Ma On 'Swalla' & 'Make Love?'". Rap-Up.
  9. ^ "Watch Gucci Mane And Nicki Minaj's "Make Love" Video". Vibe. 29 March 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj Drop Video for "Make Love"". Complex.
  11. ^ "Listen to "Make Love" [ft. Nicki Minaj] by Gucci Mane" – via pitchfork.com.
  12. ^ Hype, The Musical (28 February 2017). "Track Review: Gucci Mane ft. Nicki Minaj, 'Make Love'".
  13. ^ "Gucci Mane Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Gucci Mane Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Gucci Mane Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.