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SOTD: Arms around you

Arms Around You was initially a collaboration between Rio Santana and XXXTENTACION to be released on Santana’s Potions EP. In August 2018, Lil Pump was added, sharing a snippet of the song on InstagramMaluma was added on the 23rd of October, replacing Rio Santana, followed by the addition of a Swae Lee verse. This track marks X’s first official collaboration with the artists.

The song is somewhat of a continuation from X’s I don’t even speak spanish lol, a hit song off his ? album. This was the first release off X’s first posthumous album, 2018’s skins.

[Intro: Swae Lee, Lil Pump & MalumaMally Mall]
Oh-oh (Ooh, ooh)
(Lil Pump
Maluma, baby)

Oh, woo-oh-oh, oh, ya-ah-aah
Mally, Mally Mall

[Chorus: XXXTENTACION]
Arms around you
Te amo, mami, let me hold you
Got me arms right around you, girl, hoy
Good lovin', got arms around you
To make sure no one could harm you
Dale mami, let me have you, hoy


[Verse 1: Lil Pump]
Yes, she drivin' me crazy (Yeah)
I take drugs on the daily (Ooh)
Pull out the 'Rari or the Mercedes (Which one?)
Yeah, she got my heart racing, racing (Yeah)
Foreign cars, foreign hoes
Yeah, we got a lot of those (Ooh)

10 bands on my Gucci coat (Ooh)
10 hoes in the studio (Huh)
Guess I'm gonna miss you though (Yuh)
But I gotta let her go (Brr)
Spanish bitches the coke (Wow)
Put my dick straight down her throat (Damn)
I know that your baby daddy broke (Broke)
Bring your wife backstage at a festival
Penthouse, 54 floors, let's go (Let's go)
And my hotel came with a stripper pole

[Chorus: XXXTENTACION]
Arms around you
Te amo, mami, let me hold you
Got me arms right around you, girl, hoy
Good lovin', arms all around you
To make sure no one could harm you
Dale mami, let me have you, hoy


[Verse 2: Swae Lee]
If you ever get to feel my touch
Then you might never get enough
Yes, I know you feel the ambiance (Hey)
Love you like I'll never see you again
Only real 'cuz I'm not for pretend (No)
Reaching out with your arms extended
My love is emergency and I can sense the urgency (Ya-aah)
Come, let me, woah-oh-oh
Your body is just for me (For me)
It was like sorcery
She left me like an alcoholic

[Chorus: XXXTENTACION]
Arms around you
Te amo, mami, let me hold you
Got me arms right around you, girl, hoy
Good lovin', got arms around you
To make sure no one could harm you
Dale mami, let me have you, hoy


[Verse 3: Maluma]
Yeah, Maluma baby (Dice)
Ey, mama (Mamá), te espera un party en mi cama (Cama)
Me encanta la forma en que me hablas (Hablas)
Invita a tu amiga la Juana
Pa' que fumemos como fumamos en La Habana
Siempre andamos positivos
Esa es la forma en que vivo, activo
Que se joda quien no esté en lo mismo
Yo disfruto mientras siga vivo
Di que sí, que no te cuesta
Si conmigo estás vestida de Chanel (Oh, yeah)
Hasta los pies (Oh, yeah)
Si tú te pones pa'l problema
Yo me pongo como se tiene que ser
De una vez, bebé, bebé (Maluma, baby)


[Chorus: XXXTENTACION]
Arms around you
Te amo, mami, let me hold you
Got me arms right around you, girl, hoy
Good lovin', got arms around you
To make sure no one could harm you
Dale mami, let me have you, hoy

“Arms Around You” will likely become a runaway success on streaming platforms and industry charts based on name value alone and its straightforward bid for an international audience. The song itself — produced in part by electronic maestro Skrillex — is bland, Latin-inflected pop that reflects none of the talents of its four collaborators. According to a press release, the song was conceived of and completed after XXX’s death. “Lil Pump reached out to XXXTentacion’s mom Cleopatra Bernard in an effort to posthumously create a track that would continue the legacy of her son’s status as an innovative force,” a statement reads. “Together, they carefully assembled ‘Arms Around You’ and worked with collaborators Maluma and Swae Lee.”

For Lil Pump, this is the second high-profile collaboration in as many months; he delivered a true star turn on Kanye West’s id-driven “I Love It” in September. He doesn’t dominate the spotlight here, though. Instead, the song is a mish-mash of vague pop-in-2018 signifiers without cohering into any sort of artistic statement. (Rolling Stone)

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