21 Savage and Metro Boomin Slash Music Charts on Savage Mode II

“‘Savage’ is defined as fierce, beastly, and untamed. ‘Mode’ is defined as a way of operating or using a system. So to be in ‘Savage Mode’ is to go hard, not allowing anything to stop or deter you from your mission. Basically, this means when someone is in ‘Savage Mode,’ they are not to be f’d with.”


With those lines by Morgan Freeman — yes you read right, the Morgan Freeman, who sometimes portrays the voice of God on screen — begins the cinematic trailer for the new album by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Savage Mode II. Freeman also graces the “Intro” to Savage Mode II, but offers different words of wisdom.


The cinematic trailer, produced by the up and coming director Gibson Hazard, not only features the voice of God in Freeman, but also blood-stained piano keys, and bright red blood gushing over a studio hallway, washing up in the viewer’s eye, as 21 Savage and Metro Boomin produce their latest hits.


That and the sound slicing sharp knives add to the gruesome atmosphere known to 21 Savage 21 fans, whose film sets look more like A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th sets than your typical rap video. Most inspired by Wes Craven and Jason Voorhees, 21 Savage has long donned the mask of Jason, as in his 2016 Slaughter King, which shows curdled blood dripping from the top of the album cover.


This horrorcore theme has become more and more popular lately. Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By from earlier this year, pre-pandemic, featured similar coagulated blood oozing from the top of the album cover. That album also encased deliberately grisly rhythms like on the hit “Darkness,” with its own share of blood and gore.


Savage Mode II, released this weekend on Friday, October 2, is the sequel to the earlier collaboration between 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, the Savage Mode from 2016, and it follows Without Warning, their collaboration from 2017. This is 21 Savage’s first studio album since i am > i was from 2018, with its hit, “a lot,” and first major release since his hit single from last year, “Immortal.”


According to Music Maven’s proprietary technology, which provides the most current and accurate data on the performance of all artists and songs in daily music charts, Savage Mode II, in the words of Morgan Freeman, really did “go hard” on the charts. The album literally savaged the competition. The album immediately made 21 Savage The Most Streamed and Highest Earning Artist, with 24.7M streams and $65.9K on its first day.


As 21 Savage predicted in his 2016 song, “Bank Account,” his latest production has brought much to that account. This is no fluke, or limited to the artist charts. The album’s three highest earning songs — “Runnin,” “Mr. Right Now,” featuring Drake, and “Snitches & Rats,” featuring Young Nudy — also immediately became the three Highest Earning Songs, knocking “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion down three notches.


21 Savage’s latest goes to show that while religious-themed songs like Justin Bieber’s “Holy,” featuring Chance the Rapper, can rapidly dominate the song charts, so can songs meant to create bloodstained windowpanes, as shown on the album trailer. This album also continues to challenge the chart dominance of the late artists, Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke, who have continually returned to the top of the artist charts after each new release. With another 19.7M streams and $56.4K for 21 Savage on the album’s second day out, over three times higher than the late artists, 21 Savage’s latest slasher may offer no quarter to any other musician for the foreseeable future.


By Vince, October 5, 2020

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