Sicko Mode

"Sicko Mode" (stylized in all caps) is a song by American rapper Travis Scott, released by Epic Records on August 21, 2018, as the second single from Scott's third studio album, Astroworld (2018). The song features an uncredited guest rap by Canadian rapper Drake,[2] and additional uncredited vocals by Swae Lee[3] and Big Hawk posthumously.[4] It is Scott's first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100,[4] as well as the first hip hop song in history to spend at least 30 weeks in the chart's top ten region. It received nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

"Sicko Mode"
Sicko Mode cover.jpg
Single by Travis Scott[a]
from the album Astroworld
B-side"Sicko Mode (Skrillex Remix)"
ReleasedAugust 21, 2018 (2018-08-21)
GenreHip hop[1]
Length5:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Travis Scott singles chronology
"Champion"
(2018)
"Sicko Mode"
(2018)
"Zeze"
(2018)
Music video
"Sicko Mode" on YouTube
Audio sample

The song contains a sample from "Gimme the Loot", written by The Notorious B.I.G. and Easy Mo Bee, as performed by the former and an interpolation from "I Wanna Rock", written and performed by Uncle Luke.[5][6]

Critical receptionEdit

"Sicko Mode" received critical acclaim, with some critics considering it the highlight of Astroworld. Writing for Rolling Stone, Christopher R. Weingarten deemed the "hard-knocking" track the "album highlight,"[7] while Brendan Klinkenberg from the same magazine described it as "the apex of Scott's synthetic instincts."[8] Brian Josephs of Entertainment Weekly called it a "mini-suite of bangers."[9] Roisin O'Connor of The Independent felt Drake "sounds more important on this record than he did at any point on his own recent release, Scorpion, with a ballsy, confident flow."[10]

Chart performanceEdit

"Sicko Mode" debuted at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100,[11] It reached number two following the release of its music video, first behind "Girls Like You" by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B,[12] and then behind "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande. It later became his first number one on the issue dated December 8, 2018, after seventeen weeks in the top 10, aided in part by the Skrillex remix.[4] The single also became his first top 10 on the Radio Songs chart.[13] It finished 3rd in Triple J's Hottest 100 2018.[14]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Sicko Mode" was directed by Dave Meyers and Travis Scott. It was released on October 19, 2018. The video starts off with Scott's red head on a building while a camera zooms into it, and cuts to the next scene of people getting back into some multi-coloured houses. Following scenes show Drake walking a dog while being burned by an eclipse and Scott riding a horse. The video ends with Drake and Scott walking away.[15]

RemixEdit

On November 28, 2018, an electronic remix by American record producer Skrillex was released.[16][17] The remix's accompanying audio and lyric videos were released to Scott's and Skrillex's YouTube channels on the same day.

On February 28, 2020, Swae Lee released the single "Someone Said", based of his one line from the song.[18]

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal and liner notes.[19]

Track listingEdit

A-sideEdit

  1. "Sicko Mode" – 5:02 Naomi B.M.

B-sideEdit

  1. "Sicko Mode" (Skrillex Remix) – 5:02

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[73] 7× Platinum 490,000 
Austria (IFPI Austria)[74] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[75] 8× Platinum 640,000 
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[76] Platinum 90,000 
France (SNEP)[77] Platinum 200,000 
Germany (BVMI)[78] Gold 200,000 
Italy (FIMI)[79] Platinum 50,000 
Mexico (AMPROFON)[80] 2× Platinum+Gold 150,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[81] 2× Platinum 60,000 
Poland (ZPAV)[82] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[83] 2× Platinum 40,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[84] Gold 20,000 
Sweden (GLF)[85] Gold 4,000,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[86] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[87] 7× Platinum 7,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

AccoladesEdit

Publication Rank Ref.
Pitchfork
19
[88]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
United States August 21, 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio Original
[89]
Urban contemporary radio [90]
Various November 28, 2018 Digital download Skrillex remix [91]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Apple Music credited Drake, Swae Lee, and Big Hawk as featured artists for a brief period. The music video on YouTube continues to credit Drake as a featured artist.

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