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"Top Off" is a song recorded by American record producer DJ Khaled, featuring guest vocals from American rappers Jay-Z and Future and singer Beyoncé. The artists co-wrote the song with Joe Zarrillo, who co-produced it with Khaled and Beyoncé. It was released on March 2, 2018, as the lead single from Khaled's upcoming eleventh studio album, Father of Asahd.

"Top Off"
DJ Khaled Top Off.png
Single by DJ Khaled featuring Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé
from the album Father of Asahd
ReleasedMarch 2, 2018 (2018-03-02)
FormatDigital download
GenreTrap[1]
Length3:50
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Beyoncé
  • Joe Zarrillo
DJ Khaled singles chronology
"Wild Thoughts"
(2017)
"Top Off"
(2018)
"I Believe"
(2018)
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Family Feud"
(2018)
"Top Off"
(2018)
"Apeshit"
(2018)
Future singles chronology
"Faded Love"
(2018)
"Top Off"
(2018)
"No Shame"
(2018)
Beyoncé singles chronology
"Family Feud"
(2018)
"Top Off"
(2018)
"Apeshit"
(2018)

Contents

Release and promotionEdit

On February 28, 2018, DJ Khaled announced that he would reveal the title of his upcoming album and release its lead single on March 1, 2018.[2][3] Prior to the release, Khaled posted a video of him playing the song for comedian Kevin Hart, who reacted by saying: "The world flatlined."[4]

Critical receptionEdit

"Top Off" received mixed reviews from critics.[5] According to Billboard's Gil Kaufman, "Top Off" is "a breathless outlaw track about outrunning the police and enjoying the finer things".[6] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times disliked Future's verse, writing: "Once you swipe away the numbing hook and pseudo-verse from Future, there, plain as day, is an impressive Jay-Z/Beyoncé duet."[7] Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork gave a negative review of the song, writing that it is "more bland than it is bizarrely successful, proof that Khaled's blockbuster-stuffed style often suffocates under the heft of its own bravado". He opined that the artists' personalities "are simply too distinct at this point to produce something compelling when shoved together on the same track".[8] Pat King of Metro named it "one of the catchiest songs in recent memory about outrunning the cops".[9] Adreon Patterson of Paste felt that "the track is a little underwhelming considering the collaborators' musical status". Serving as a follow-up to "Shining" and "I Got the Keys", he found the song "disappointing and anti-climactic".[10] Tom Breihan of Stereogum praised Khaled for making the song sounds like both a "fame-flexing celebrity event" and an "actual song".[11] Lauren O'Neill of Noisey complimented Beyoncé's ability "to knock every other rapper out of the park with her skill and flow".[12] Bianca Gracie of Fuse declared that the song lacks innovation and fails to be memorable. "Jay-Z and Beyoncé deserve a harder beat underneath their flows; the juvenile SoundCloud production didn't do them any favors especially on Beyoncé's opening part."[13]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[14]

Performers

  • DJ Khaled – composition, production, vocals
  • Jay-Z – composition, vocals
  • Future – composition, vocals
  • Beyoncé – composition, production, vocals

Additional musician

  • Joe Zarrillo – composition, production

Technical

  • Manny Marroquin – mix engineering
  • Chris Athens – master engineering
  • Chris Galland – engineering
  • Robin Florent – engineering assistance
  • Scott Desmarais – engineering assistance
  • Juan Peña – record engineering
  • Young Guru – record engineering

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia Urban (ARIA)[15] 32
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 48
France (SNEP)[17] 55
Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 98
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 67
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[20] 5
Portugal (AFP)[21] 72
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 67
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 60
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 66
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 22
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[27] 14
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[28] 11

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 500,000 

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

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various March 2, 2018 Digital download Epic [14]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Sony [30]
United States March 6, 2018 Urban contemporary radio [31]
United Kingdom March 10, 2018 Contemporary hit radio RCA [32]
United States March 13, 2018 Urban contemporary radio
  • We the Best
  • Roc Nation
  • Columbia
  • Epic
[33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 2, 2018). "DJ Khaled – "Top Off" (Feat. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, & Future)". Stereogum. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Aniftos, Rania (March 1, 2018). "DJ Khaled Teases New 'Father Of Asahd' Album With First Single". Vibe. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Sterling, Scott (February 28, 2018). "DJ Khaled Set to Kick Off Summer 2018 with New Song & Album Title". CBS Radio. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Zidel, Alex (February 28, 2018). "DJ Khaled Played Kevin Hart His New Single & The Comedian Flipped Out". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Findlay, Mitch (March 2, 2018). "DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Beyonce, & Future's "Top Off" Yields Mixed Reviews". HopNewHipHop. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (March 2, 2018). "Stream DJ Khaled's 'Top Off' Featuring JAY-Z, Future & Beyonce". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Pareles, Jon; Caramanica, Jon; Russonello, Giovanni (March 2, 2018). "The Playlist: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Unite, and 12 More New Songs". The New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (March 3, 2018). ""Top Off" [ft. JAY-Z, Future and Beyoncé] by DJ Khaled Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  9. ^ King, Pat (March 2, 2018). "The best new Spotify singles for your Monday commute". Metro. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Patterson, Adreon (March 2, 2018). "Beyonce, Jay Z and Future Go Off on DJ Khaled's New Single "Top Off"". Paste. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 2, 2018). "DJ Khaled – "Top Off" (Feat. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, & Future)". Stereogum. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  12. ^ O'Neill, Lauren (March 2, 2018). "Beyoncé is the Best Rapper On DJ Khaled's New Track "Top Off"". Noisey. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Gracie, Bianca (March 2, 2018). "Beyoncé Carries the Weight on DJ Khaled's 'Top Off' Song With Jay-Z & Future". Fuse. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Top Off / DJ Khaled TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
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  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – DJ Khaled feat. Jay Z, Future & Beyoncé – Top Off". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography DJ Khaled". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  20. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  21. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – DJ Khaled Feat. Jay Z, Future & Beyoncé – Top Off". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – DJ Khaled feat. Jay Z, Future & Beyoncé – Top Off". Singles Top 100. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DJ Khaled feat. Jay Z, Future & Beyoncé – Top Off". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  25. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  26. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  27. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  28. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  29. ^ "American album certifications – DJ Khaled – Top Off". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  30. ^ "Top Off - DJ KHALED FEAT. JAY Z, FUTURE & BEYONCÈ RadioDate". Radioairplay.fm. March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  31. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 3, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  32. ^ "BBC Radio 1 Playlist". BBC. March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
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