MotorSport

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"MotorSport"
MotorSport song cover.png
Single by Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B
from the album Culture II
Released October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2017
Length 5:24
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Migos singles chronology
"I Get the Bag"
(2017)
"MotorSport"
(2017)
"Stir Fry"
(2017)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"You Already Know"
(2017)
"MotorSport"
(2017)
"The Way Life Goes (Remix)"
(2017)
Cardi B singles chronology
"No Limit"
(2017)
"MotorSport"
(2017)
"La Modelo"
(2017)

"MotorSport" is a song recorded by American hip hop group Migos, with fellow American rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. It was released on October 27, 2017, as the lead single from Migos' third studio album Culture II (2018). It was produced by Murda Beatz and Cubeatz.[1][2][3] It reached number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Migos' second top 10 in the country.

Background and release[edit]

"MotorSport" marks the first time Migos, Minaj, and Cardi B have worked together on a song; although Offset had already collaborated with Minaj on London on da Track's "No Flag", and with Cardi B on her own track "Lick". On October 25, 2017, radio station Hot 93.7 confirmed that a collaboration between Migos, Minaj, and Cardi B would be released two days later. On October 26, the night before its release, Migos previewed the track on Power 105.1's music celebration, Powerhouse.[4][5] On October 27, the song premiered online and was released worldwide as a digital download.[1][2][3] Soon after it was released, Joe Budden from Everyday Struggle speculated that Kanye West was originally on the song and that he's the one who actually pitched the idea of getting Minaj on it.[6] It was also rumored that Minaj and Cardi B were dissing each other on the song,[7] which both rappers denied. Minaj commented on the rumors saying that the song was originally only a collaboration between her and Quavo,[8] that she was "in full support of Cardi B's 'Motor Sport' feature" and that "the conspiracy theorists are just so tired…",[8] while Cardi B said that "people wouldn't be satisfied even if [we] was making out…" and "I don't really have the time".[9]

Composition[edit]

The song references celebrities such as Criss Angel, Bill Belichick, Lil Boosie, Jackie Chan, Yo Gotti, Selena,[10] Britney Spears, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Lil Uzi Vert; and brands such as Bugatti, Chanel, Givenchy, Lamborghini, McDonald's, Xanax, Percocet, Porsche, Richard Mille, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Saks, among others. Cardi B also references Daddy Yankee's 2004 song "Gasolina".[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Editors from Billboard noted Cardi B's line "trap Selena" as an "ambitious statement."[10] Minaj's verse on the song was listed by Angel Diaz of Complex as the "Best Rap Verse of the Month" of October 2017.[11] For another Complex writer, both rappers have "standout moments."[12] Cardi's verse won Best Featured Verse at the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards.[13]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Bradley & Pablo and Quavo, the music video was released on December 6, 2017 on Apple Music.[14] It was made available on YouTube the next day.

Live performance[edit]

Cardi included "MotorSport" on her medley performance at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.[15] She also performed the song as a special guest on the Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour on August 25, 2018.[16]

Minaj performed the song during her Rolling Loud Festival performance on May 13, 2018, in Miami.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 73
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 12
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 64
France (SNEP)[21] 73
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[22] 40
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 79
Netherlands (Single Tip)[24] 4
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[25] 2
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[26] 80
Portugal (AFP)[27] 57
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[28] 46
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 54
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[31] 49
US Billboard Hot 100[32] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[33] 3
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[34] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[36] 2× Platinum 160,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[38] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Migos, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj's "Motor Sport" Is Here". Complex. October 27, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B Unite For "Motor Sport"". HotNewHipHop. October 27, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Motor Sport – Single by Migos on Apple Music". iTunes. October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "MIGOS PREVIEW NEW SONG "MOTORSPORT" WITH CARDI B AND NICKI MINAJ". XXL. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "Migos Debut New Single With Nicki Minaj & Cardi B At Powerhouse Concert". HotNewHipHop. October 27, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Nicki Minaj Debunks "Motor Sport" Conspiracy Theories About Cardi B". HotNewHipHop. October 31, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "People Think Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Are Taking Shots at Each Other on "MotorSport"". Complex. October 27, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Nicki Minaj Says "MotorSport" Was Originally Only a Collab With Quavo". Complex. November 1, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Puckett, Lily. "Cardi B says her feud with Nicki Minaj is "internet made-up"". Fader. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Migos Unveil New Track 'Motor Sport' With Nicki Minaj & Cardi B, Who Calls Herself 'The Trap Selena'". Billboard. October 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Best Rap Verse of the Month Goes To Nicki Minaj". Complex. October 31, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Best New Music This Week". Complex. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Atkinson, Katie (October 16, 2018). "Here Are All the Winners From the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B Put Their Drive to the Test in New 'Motorsport' Video". Billboard. December 8, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 11, 2018). "Watch Cardi B Deliver Fierce Hit Song Medley at iHeartRadio Awards". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Kreps, Daniel (August 25, 2018). "Cardi B Makes Surprise Return to Stage During Migos' New York Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "Watch Future Bring Out Nicki Minaj at Rolling Loud". Pitchfork. May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #458". auspOp. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "Migos Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  20. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201745 into search. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – Migos / Nicki Minaj / Cardi B – MotorSport" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  23. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  24. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Dutch Single Tip – 11/11/2017" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  25. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  26. ^ "BillboardPH Hot 100". Billboard Philippines. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  27. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Migos / Nicki Minaj / Cardi B – MotorSport". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  28. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201745 into search. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  29. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 45, 10 november 2017". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Migos / Nicki Minaj / Cardi B – MotorSport". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  31. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  32. ^ "Migos Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  33. ^ "Migos Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  34. ^ "Migos Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  35. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #460". auspOp. February 17, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  36. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Migos – Motorsport". Music Canada. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  37. ^ "British single certifications – Migos/Nicki Minaj/Cardi B – Motorsport". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 20, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Motorsport in the search field and then press Enter.
  38. ^ "American single certifications – Migos – Motorsport". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 14, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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