Hands On (song)

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"Hands On"
Song by Kanye West featuring Fred Hammond
from the album Jesus Is King
ReleasedOctober 25, 2019 (2019-10-25)
Length3:23
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"Hands On" is a song by American recording artist Kanye West, from his ninth studio album, Jesus Is King (2019). The song features gospel singer Fred Hammond, whom West became involved with in 2019. The song received mixed to negative reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

West's decision to feature Fred Hammond on a track from Jesus Is King was crossover play, due to him recruiting a key insider from gospel to smoothly transition into a new genre for music. Following on from Hammond feeling positively after seeing his track "This Is the Day" looped by West from an Instagram post sent to him by a friend in 2019, the two met through Kirk Franklin at Chance the Rapper's wedding.[1] West explained that he was introduced to Hammond's music through a friend and offered him a collaboration, which Hammond accepted. In the summer of 2019, the two of them engaged in a phone call discussing taking their collaboration further, with Hammond stating of West at the time that he "knew a lot of the Christian world would not embrace him" and was aware of this due to when Snoop Dogg "got a lot of flak" for his collaboration with Hammond on the former's gospel album Bible of Love (2018).[1] In reference to backlash from working West, Hammond stated: "If they don't sing gospel exclusively, then you are trying to cross over, you’re a hypocrite, God don't love you no more," though he praised West against any doubters and also took no issue with West's support of US president Donald Trump.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

"Hands On" was met with mixed to negative reviews from music critics. In a positive review for NOW Magazine, Matthew Progress wrote that the content of it stands among "some of the most captivating melodies ever found on a West project" and noted the song as continuing Jesus Is King's "vein of R&B-leaning, wavy church ballads" that begins with the vocals on "Everything We Need".[3] Ben Devlin was more mixed in musicOMH, complementing the production of the song but viewing West's rambling of sorts as where "he starts to resemble will.i.am at his most awkward."[4] Wren Graves from Consequence of Sound cited the song as "the worst of the many meandering rants" on Jesus Is King, panning the heavy lack of rhythm or flow and claiming for it to include "the kind of simplistic rhymes that would get a person hissed out of a poetry slam."[5] Daniel Bromfield of Spectrum Culture described West as sounding "cowed and vulnerable."[6]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Leight, Elias (October 31, 2019). "How the Gospel Singer Fred Hammond Ended Up on Kanye West's Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Jackson, Cheryl. "Fred Hammond Says He Doesn't Care That Kanye West Supports Donald Trump". Praise 104.1 FM. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Progress, Matthew (October 29, 2019). "Review: Jesus Is King is Kanye West's vision of heaven". NOW Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  4. ^ Devlin, Ben (October 29, 2019). "Kanye West – Jesus Is King | Album Reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  5. ^ Graves, Wren (October 28, 2019). "Kanye West Even Bores God with the Passionless Jesus Is King". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on October 28, 2019. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  6. ^ Bromfield, Daniel (October 27, 2019). "Kanye West: Jesus is King". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Kanye West feat. Fred Hammond – Hands On". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kanye West feat. Fred Hammond – Hands On" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "2019 44-os savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. November 4, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  11. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Kanye West feat. Fred Hammond – Hands On". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201944 into search. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  13. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  14. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  15. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot Christian Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  16. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot Gospel Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  17. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. November 4, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  19. ^ "Hot Christian Songs – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  20. ^ "Hot Gospel Songs – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.

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