XO Tour Llif3

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"XO Tour Llif3"
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Single by Lil Uzi Vert
from the album Luv Is Rage 1.5 and Luv Is Rage 2
ReleasedFebruary 26, 2017 (SoundCloud)
March 24, 2017 (single)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2016
Genre
Length3:02
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Lil Uzi Vert singles chronology
"Go Off"
(2017)
"XO Tour Llif3"
(2017)
"Woke Up Like This"
(2017)
Music video
"XO Tour Llif3" on YouTube
Audio sample

"XO Tour Llif3" (stylized as "XO TOUR Llif3"[2] and pronounced "XO Tour Life") is a single by American rapper Lil Uzi Vert from his extended play Luv Is Rage 1.5 (2017) and debut album Luv Is Rage 2 (2017). It was released on Soundcloud on February 26, 2017.,[3] and later on all music streaming platforms on March 24, 2017. The track was produced by TM88, with co-production by JW Lucas.[4][5] It peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Lil Uzi Vert's highest-charting single as a solo artist and second top 10 entry overall after his feature on "Bad and Boujee" by Migos.

Background[edit]

"XO Tour Llif3" began when Lil Uzi Vert started collaborating with producer TM88. Lil Uzi Vert originally contacted TM88 through FaceTime while TM88 was in Miami to work with rappers Future and Gucci Mane. TM88's return flight to Atlanta was delayed due to the 2017 Fort Lauderdale airport shooting. During the ten hour wait at the airport following the shooting, TM88 lost his laptop charger. When TM88 returned to Atlanta, he couldn't access his laptop which led him to using an old computer and a Beats Pill speaker to produce during which, he worked on the instrumental for XO Tour Llif3.[6]

On February 26, 2017, Lil Uzi Vert released Luv Is Rage 1.5, an extended play consisting of four tracks, including "XO Tour Llif3", on his SoundCloud account. The song quickly amassed millions of plays and attention across social media, and as a result was given a commercial release.[7][8][9] The popularity of "XO Tour Llif3" resulted in the viral "Lil Uzi Vert Challenge".[10]

Composition[edit]

"XO Tour Llif3" is a hip hop[11][12] and emo rap song[13] composed in common time (4
4
time)[14] with a length of three minutes two seconds[15] and written in B minor with a tempo of 155 beats per minute with a common chord progression of Gmaj7—Em—Gmaj7—Bm—A.[16] The song is inspired by Lil Uzi Vert's relationship with Brittany Byrd and the couple's eventual break-up in June 2016.[17] The themes of the song focus around substance abuse, quoting Xanax and prescription drug abuse as a way to relieve heartbreak.[18] Lil Uzi Vert references money numerous times on the track with one line stating "all my friends are dead" citing the use of deceased presidents on banknotes.[19][20][21]

TM88 produced "XO Tour Llif3" on FL Studio.[22] XO Tour Llif3 was originally a collaboration with another producer, J.W Lucas. TM88 sped up the original beat and chopped the intro and the first verse before using the FL Studio plugin Gross Beat to manipulate the volume and the time of the instrumental.[23]

Critical reception[edit]

Pitchfork writer Matthew Strauss stated, "Uzi resists total caricature with his liberal use of dark, manic details, and on 'XO TOUR Llif3' he channels the indulgence of dulled senses perfected by Future at his DS2 peak."[24] Regarding the production, Strauss claimed, "TM88's slightly psychedelic minor key production, gives Uzi’s nonchalance the feeling of a daydream." Jordan Sargent of Spin wrote, "Though the song is an instant hit among Uzi Vert’s growing and feverish fanbase—so much so that his label fast tracked an animated video that hit YouTube this morning—it also works as a good entry point for anyone who has not yet approached an artist who is poised to become one of the most ubiquitous voices in rap".[25]

“Complex” named it the best song of 2017. Pigeons & Planes named it the best song of the year,[26] Billboard considered it the fifth-best song of the year,[27] The New York Times's Jon Caramanica the eighth,[28] Rolling Stone staff considered it the seventeenth,[29] and Entertainment Weekly the twelfth.[30]

Commercial performance[edit]

"XO Tour Llif3" entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart issued April 4, 2017 at number 49[31] and peaked at number 7 in May 2017.[32] Spotify recognized the song as one of the most streamed tracks of the summer of 2017 in the US.[33]

By September 2017, the song had generated 1.3 billion streams across all streaming platforms, generating $4.5 million with Lil Uzi Vert only earning $900,000.[34] Lil Uzi Vert made an estimated $0.00069231 per play.[35]

Music videos[edit]

On March 13, 2017, an animated music video for "XO Tour Llif3" was released on Lil Uzi Vert's YouTube channel.[36] The video, which has been quoted as "trippy", was animated by Andrew William Ralph and features a cartoon version of Lil Uzi Vert gripping a steering wheel while holding a lit blunt in between his fingers.[20] It has received over 290 million views as of August 2018.[37] The video has been unlisted on YouTube since the release of the official video on September 4, 2017.[38][39][40]

On August 4, 2017, the song's official lyric video was released.[41] Directed by Jered Harrison, the video shows an animated version of Uzi riding his motorcycle out of the cargo hold of an airplane and into a purple sky as dollar bills materialize in the air around him before landing in a crowd of fans.[42] The video also became unlisted on YouTube beginning on September 4 but was made public again by December 16, 2017.[43][44][45]

On September 4, 2017, the official music video for "XO Tour Llif3" was released; it features XO artists The Weeknd and Nav in cameo appearances.[40] Directed by fashion designer Virgil Abloh, the video was shot in France in the 10th district of Paris. The video became controversial[citation needed] after it was made known that the Arabic subtitles, incorporated into the video stylistically, were merely aesthetic and not an actual translation of the lyrics.[46] An Arabic translator who was previously enlisted among a group to create the original subtitles, later scrapped for unknown reasons, noted the nonsensical content of the subtitles to Abloh, who promptly said that he 'loved the 'wrong' look'. The official video has received over 315 million views on YouTube as of February 2019.[47]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[80] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Belgium (BEA)[81] Gold 15,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[82] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[83] Platinum 133,333*
Germany (BVMI)[84] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[85] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[86] Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[87] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[88] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[89] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[90] 7× Platinum 7,000,000double-dagger

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

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