Graduation (Benny Blanco and Juice Wrld song)

"Graduation" is a song by American music producer Benny Blanco and American rapper Juice Wrld.[1] The song was released on August 30, 2019. The song marks the second collaboration between the artists since "Roses" featuring Panic! at the Disco lead singer and frontman Brendon Urie in December 2018 from Blanco's debut album Friends Keep Secrets.[1]

"Graduation"
Cover art
Single by Benny Blanco and Juice Wrld
ReleasedAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)
Format
Length2:57
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Benny Blanco singles chronology
"I Can't Get Enough"
(2019)
"Graduation"
(2019)
Juice Wrld singles chronology
"Ransom (Remix)"
(2019)
"Graduation"
(2019)
"Bandit"
(2019)
Music video
"Graduation" on YouTube

CompositionEdit

The chorus interpolates "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C.[2]

Music videoEdit

Official videoEdit

The music video was released on August 30, 2019, and was directed by Jake Schreier.[3] The video is made up of a montage of students, played by various celebrities, with captions describing how they turned out after high school.[4] Celebrities who make cameos as students in the video include Justice Smith, Hailee Steinfeld, Noah Cyrus, Dove Cameron, Maddie Ziegler, David Dobrik, Madison Beer, and others.[3][4] Juice Wrld appears in the video as a student named "Gary, whose obsession with video games would cost him his sight"[4] while Benny Blanco plays "Mr. Upchuck", a math teacher who claims to have hooked up with a popular clique at a party. Only Hailee appears as herself, and she saves humanity by ending the "Robotic War".[4] Additionally, American comedic rapper Lil Dicky makes an appearance as the principal of the high school.[3]

They are (in order of appearance):

Vertical videoEdit

A vertical video was released on October 4, 2019, which features the characters from the music video in a form of the school yearbook.[5]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 90
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 56
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[8] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 88
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[10] 8
US Rolling Stone Top 100[11] 77

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Findlay, Mitch (August 29, 2019). "Juice WRLD & Benny Blanco Serenade High School Crushes On 'Graduation'". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  2. ^ Loo, Kevin (August 31, 2019). "Juice WRLD Interpolates Vitamin C's 2000 Hit On His Benny Blanco Collab 'Graduation'". Genius. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Rettig, James (August 30, 2019). "Watch Benny Blanco & Juice WRLD's 'Graduation' Video Featuring Many Young Hollywood Stars". Stereogum. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Aniftos, Rania (August 30, 2019). "Benny Blanco & Juice WRLD's Star-Studded 'Graduation' Video Features Hailee Steinfeld, Lil Dicky, Noah Cyrus & More: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "Benny Blanco and Juice Wrld – Graduation (Official Vertical Video)". YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Benny Blanco Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Benny Blanco Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. August 30, 2019. Retrieved January 7, 2020.