No Limit (Usher song)

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"No Limit"
No Limit Single.jpg
Single by Usher featuring Young Thug
from the album Hard II Love
Released June 9, 2016 (2016-06-09)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 3:48
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • B.A.M.
  • Christopher "Talent" Perry
  • WondaGurl (remix)
Usher singles chronology
"Crush"
(2016)
"No Limit"
(2016)
"Crash"
(2016)
"Crush"
(2016)
"No Limit"
(2016)
"Crash"
(2016)
Young Thug singles chronology
"Pick Up the Phone"
(2016) Pick Up the Phone2016
"No Limit"
(2016) No Limit2016
"Guwop Home"
(2016) Guwop Home2016
Alternative cover
No Limit Alt Cover Art.jpg

"No Limit" is a song by American singer Usher, featuring American rapper Young Thug. It was released by RCA on June 9, 2016, for online streaming through the streaming service Tidal, which Usher co-owns. The following day it was released for paid purchase on digital download and other online streaming services. "No Limit" serves as the lead single off his eighth studio album, Hard II Love. The song was written by Usher, Rock City, Young Thug, Brandon "B.A.M." Hodge, Christopher"Talent" Perry, while production was handled by the latter three. The track gives reference to Master P's song, "Make 'Em Say Uhh", from his 1997 No Limit Records release Ghetto D singing, "Make you say uh, no limit / Got that Master P, no limit baby" [1] In North America, the song reached number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2]

Background and release

It's been 4 years since Usher's 2012 album Looking 4 Myself. He has been teasing his eight studio album that was expected to be released in 2014. “Good Kisser”, “She Came To Give It To You” and "I Don't Mind" were released as well as the world tour UR Experience, yet no album was released. In October 2015, Raymond released "Chains", a song about social justice featuring the artist Nas and Bibi Bourelly. The singer released "Crash" on June 10, 2016 available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and online streaming services, Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. Travis Scott released a remix to the song.

Critical reception

Paper Magazine said "Usher's back at it again with "No Limit," a sultry summer jam".[3] Brian Joseph of Spin describes Usher as an "exceptional of a singer as ever on the luscious beat".[4] Madeline Roth of MTV writes Raymond in "No Limit" channeling Drake’s sing-rapping and Ty Dolla $ign’s syrupy sweetness.[5]

Music video

The music video for "No Limit" was directed by Joey Toman. The video for "No Limit" was uploaded August 5, 2016 exclusively online through the streaming service Tidal, which Usher co-owns. On August 8, 2016 it was released on YouTube and Vevo. It features cameo appearances from Ty Dolla Sign, Boosie, Gucci Mane and internet dancing sensations Kida The Great, Ayo & Teo, Meechie, Yvng Quan, Lil Deedee and Mr Hot Spot.[6] In the video, Usher dances in front of an all white background accompanied with his dancers. His choreography was likened to his performance at the 2016 BET Awards.[7]

Commercial performance

In North America, the song reached number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop charts.[2] As of September 2016, "No Limit" has sold 165,000 copies in the United States.[8]

Remix

The official remix, "No Limit" (G-Mix)" featured New Orleans rapper Master P, Travis Scott, A$AP Ferg, and fellow Atlanta natives 2 Chainz, and Gucci Mane. The song was released on SoundCloud in August 19, 2016, and features reworked production by WondaGurl.[9]

Live performances

Usher performed the song live for the first time as a part of his headlining set at the BET Experience with other hits including "Yeah!","U Don't Have to Call","Love in This Club","OMG" and many more. Rolling Out declared Usher a leading voice of the past and present R&B generation due to his over 20-year career in music. Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times described his performance as nothing short of a spectacle.

Usher also did the first live televised performance of the song at 2016 BET Awards which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 26, 2016. He was dressed in a green windbreaker jacket with the words "Don't Trump America" on the back, two gold chains, black skinny jeans and Air Jordan sneakers. Usher and his backup dancers performed heavily choreographed routines to the song backed with flashing lights and special pyro technics. Usher's performance received positive reviews and was considered by USA Today, Perez Hilton, MTV News, BET.com, New York Daily News and Hollywood Life and many other sources as one of the highlights of the night. Maura Johnston of Rolling Stones described Usher as "the secret weapon of award shows" and declared him as "Award Show King". On September 24, 2016 Usher performed the song live at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2016 as a part of his set list which he headlined. Usher also performed the song on September 20, 2016, On Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also performed the song at "105.1 Powerhouse 2016" with many other hits which took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY and also at "Hot 97 Hot For The Holidays Concert" which took place at Prudential Center in Newark,NJ. Which he served as the headliner of both events.

Cover art

On January 13, 2016, Usher has announced then title of his eighth album, Flawed, on friend and artist Daniel Arsham instagram post. In the video "Usher and Arsham said they’re working on some “Amazing, Incredible, Awesome stuff” for the new album.[10] The single cover art is a sculpture of Usher that was done by Arsham, which he had to stand still for 4 hours for him to complete.

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.[11]

  • Usher — Lead vocals, composer, lyricist
  • Jeffrey Lamar Williams — Lead vocals, composer, lyricist, performer
  • Jaycen Joshua — mixing engineer
  • Theron Thomas — composer, lyricist
  • Timothy Thomas – composer, lyricist
  • Keith Thomas – composer, lyricist
  • Brandon "B.A.M" Hodge— composer, producer
  • Christopher Perry — composer, producer

Charts

References

  1. ^ "Usher and Young Thug Channel a Master P Classic on "No Limit"". Complex. 
  2. ^ a b "Usher's 'No Limit' Rises to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Young Thug and Usher's New Song Will Make You Say UNNFFFF". 10 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Usher Enlists Young Thug for 'No Limit' | SPIN". Spin. 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Usher's Ego Knows 'No Limit' On His New Track With Young Thug". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  6. ^ "Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla $ign, And Boosie Badazz Pop Up In Usher And Young Thug's 'No Limit' Video | SPIN". 2016-08-05. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Usher and Young Thug Have a Dance Party in". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Hip Hop Single Sales: Lil Wayne, D.R.A.M. & The Weeknd". Hip Hop DX. October 2, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Usher Shares "No Limit" G-Mix Featuring Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, A$AP Ferg, and Master P: Listen - Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. 
  10. ^ "Usher Announces 8th Album 'Flawed' With The Help Of Artist Daniel Arsham". 14 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "No Limit / Usher TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Usher Feat. Young Thug – No Limit" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  13. ^ "Usher Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "Usher Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "Usher Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  16. ^ "Usher Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "Hot 100 Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
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