X (21 Savage and Metro Boomin song)

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"X"
Single by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin featuring Future
from the album Savage Mode
Released July 14, 2016
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 4:18
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
21 Savage singles chronology
"Lit"
(2016)
"X"
(2016)
"No Heart"
(2016)

"Lit"
(2016)
"X"
(2016)
"No Heart"
(2016)
Metro Boomin singles chronology
"Chanel Vintage"
(2014) Chanel Vintage2014
"X"
(2016) X2016
"No Heart"
(2016) No Heart2016
Future singles chronology
"Campaign"
(2016) Campaign2016
"X"
(2016) X2016
"Do You Mind"
(2016) Do You Mind2016

"X" (originally titled "X Bitch") is a song by American rapper 21 Savage and American record producer Metro Boomin. It was released on July 14, 2016, as the lead single from their collaborative extended play, Savage Mode (2016).[1][2] The song features guest vocals from American rapper Future. The song was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Background and release[edit]

On July 2, 2016, 21 Savage announced his collaborative EP with Metro Boomin, sharing the artwork and the release date.[3] On July 14, he shared the EP's track listing and released "X" featuring Future as the project's first single.[4][1] He released Savage Mode on July 15.[5] While talking about the song's success in an interview with Rolling Out magazine, he said; "I knew the song was taking off when I looked at iTunes and saw the numbers and all the views".[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Eric Diep of HipHopDX wrote that "X" is "a good entry point for listeners just learning about 21".[7] Niya Hogans from Rolling Out gave the song a positive review, saying that it has "catchy lyrics and a dope beat".[6] Rolling Stone ranked it at number 21 on its 50 Best Songs of 2016 list, commenting: “The Atlanta trap contender teams up with Future for a thugged-and-drugged banger, boasting "I spent your rent at the mall," while producer Metro Boomin gives it all a creepy cinematic vibe.”[8] Fact named it as one of the 20 best rap and R&B tracks of 2016.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "X" was released on December 25, 2016. The video was directed by Vincent Lou.[10]

Live performances[edit]

On September 17, 2016, 21 Savage performed the song at the BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired in the next month.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 36
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "21 Savage - X Bitch Feat. Future (Prod. By Metro Boomin) - Stream [New Song]".
  2. ^ 21 Savage (14 July 2016). "21 Savage & Metro Boomin - X ft Future (Official Audio)" – via YouTube.
  3. ^ ""Savage Mode" Album Artwork & Release Date Revealed". rapWAVE. July 2, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "21 Savage & Metro Boomin Reveal Tracklist For "Savage Mode"". HotNewHipHop. July 2, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Stream 21 Savage & Metro Boomin Savage Mode EP". Stereogum. July 15, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Hidden hip-hop gems of summer '16: A retrospective". Rolling Out. September 15, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode Review". HipHopDX. July 25, 2016. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2016". November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  9. ^ "The 20 best rap and R&B tracks of 2016". Fact. December 18, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "Watch 21 Savage, Metro Boomin, And Future Flex In The Video For "X"". Complex. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  11. ^ "BET Hip-Hop Awards 2016: Watch Isaiah Rashad, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage Perform". Pitchfork Media. October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  12. ^ "21 Savage Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "21 Savage Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "21 Savage Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 2, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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