Sicko Mode

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"Sicko Mode" (stylized in all caps) is a song by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released by Epic Records on August 21, 2018, as the second single from Scott's third studio album, Astroworld (2018). The song features guest vocals by Drake,[2] and additional vocals by Swae Lee[3] and Big Hawk posthumously.[4] It is Scott's first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100,[4] and it is the first hip hop song in history to spend at least 30 weeks in the chart's top ten.

The song contains a sample from "Gimme the Loot", written by Christopher Wallace and Osten Harvey, as performed by The Notorious B.I.G. and an interpolation from "I Wanna Rock", written and performed by Luke.[5][6]

Critical reception

"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 guest artist 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 performance

"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 video

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-colored 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]

Remix

On November 28, 2018, an electronic remix by American record producer Skrillex was released.[1][16] The remix's accompanying audio and lyric videos were released to Scott's and Skrillex's YouTube channels on the same day.

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal and liner notes.[17]

Track listing

A-side

  1. "Sicko Mode" – 5:02

B-side

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

Charts

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[18] 87
Australia (ARIA)[19] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[21] 4
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[22] 20
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[23] 3
Denmark (Tracklisten)[24] 19
France (SNEP)[25] 80
Germany (Official German Charts)[26] 43
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[27] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 11
Italy (FIMI)[29] 41
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[30] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[31] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[32] 22
Portugal (AFP)[33] 12
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[34] 52
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 29
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[37] 9
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[38] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[39] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[40] 54
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[41] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[42] 10
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[43] 1
US Rolling Stone 100[44] 68
Chart (2018) Position
Australia (ARIA)[45] 48
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[46] 51
Estonia (IFPI)[47] 91
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[48] 94
US Billboard Hot 100[49] 42
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[50] 21

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[51] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[52] 2× Platinum 160,000^
France (SNEP)[53] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[54] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[56] Platinum 20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[57] Gold 4,000,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[59] 6× Platinum 6,000,000double-dagger

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

Accolades

Publication Rank Ref.
Pitchfork
19
[60]

Release history

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
United States August 21, 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio Original
[61]
Urban contemporary radio [62]
Various November 28, 2018 Digital download Skrillex remix [63]

Notes

  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.

References

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  58. ^ "British single certifications – Travis Scott – Sicko Mode". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 11, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Sicko Mode in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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