Let Me Love You (Ariana Grande song)

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"Let Me Love You"
Promotional single by Ariana Grande featuring Lil Wayne
from the album Dangerous Woman
ReleasedApril 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)
Format Digital download
RecordedAugust September 2014
Genre R&B [1] [2] [3]
Label Republic
  • TB Hits
  • Mr. Franks
Music video
"Let Me Love You" on YouTube

"Let Me Love You" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring American rapper Lil Wayne from her third studio album Dangerous Woman (2016). It was written by Thomas Brown, Victoria McCants, Steven Franks, Grande and Wayne, with production being done by Franks and Brown, the latter under the name TB Hits. The song was released as the second promotional single from the album on April 18, 2016. A slow-paced, sultry R&B track, "Let Me Love You" features delicate piano chords, electro-beats, smooth, deep bass, trap-lite, hip-hop beats, and interspersed vocals. Lyrically, the song talks about getting over an ex and laying on the chest of someone new.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Florida to a family of New York-Italian origin, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–13) and in its spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14). Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

Lil Wayne American rapper

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, record executive and actor. His career began in 1993, at the age of 11, when he was discovered by Bryan "Birdman" Williams and joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B.G.'z, alongside fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.. In 1996, Lil Wayne and B.G. joined the southern hip hop group Hot Boys, with Cash Money label-mates Juvenile and Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live!, that same year. Most of the group's success came with their platinum-selling album Guerrilla Warfare (1999) and the 1999 single "Bling Bling". For many years, he was the flagship artist of Cash Money Records, before ending his long-tenured deal with the company in June 2018.

<i>Dangerous Woman</i> 2016 studio album by Ariana Grande

Dangerous Woman is the third studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released by Republic Records on May 20, 2016. The album is the follow-up to her second studio album My Everything (2014), and features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. The album was originally called Moonlight after the opening track on the album, with the song "Focus" being the intended lead single. However, the album's name was later changed to Dangerous Woman, with "Focus" being removed from the album's standard track listing, though it remains as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album. Dangerous Woman is primarily a pop and R&B album, with influences of dance-pop, disco, house, trap, and reggae genres. Grande, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha were the album's executive producers.


A music video for the song, directed by Grant Singer, was released on May 16, 2016. For the first week, the music video was available to watch exclusively on Apple Music. It shows Grande in various intimate settings and Wayne appears as well. The music video spawned a nomination for Best Collaboration Video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

Grant Singer is an American music video and commercial director known for working with artists such as The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Lorde, Troye Sivan, Skrillex, Future and Zayn.

Apple Music is a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc. Users select music to stream to their device on-demand, or they can listen to existing, curated playlists. The service also includes the Internet radio station Beats 1, which broadcasts live to over 100 countries 24 hours a day. The service was announced on June 8, 2015, and launched on June 30, 2015 in over 100 countries worldwide. New subscribers get a three-month free trial period before the service requires a monthly subscription.

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration was first introduced to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007 under the name Most Earthshattering Collaboration, as the VMAs were revamped and a few new categories were added to the show. When MTV brought the VMAs back to their old format in 2008, this category did not return. It was not until 2010 that the category was reintroduced under the name Best Collaboration.

Background and release

"Let Me Love You" was the first song Grande recorded for the album, which initially was called "Moonlight". It was written and recorded in late 2014, as stated by Grande during an interview with Ryan Seacrest. [4] Later, on March 11, 2016, Grande revealed the title of four tracks from the track list of Dangerous Woman, with one being "Let Me Love You", which was said to have American rapper Lil Wayne as a featured guest. [5] Wayne had previously rapped about Grande on his track "London Roads" off his album Free Weezy Album (2015). [6] Ten days later, Grande teased a snippet of the track through her Snapchat account. [7] She also stated that it was one of her favorite verses of his ever and that they felt like "old school Lil Wayne." [8] [9] On April 18, 2016, "Let Me Love You" was released as the album's second promotional single from the album. [10]

Ryan Seacrest American television host, radio host and television producer

Ryan John Seacrest is an American radio personality, television host, and producer. Seacrest is known for hosting the competition show American Idol, the syndicated countdown program American Top 40, and iHeartMedia's KIIS-FM morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

<i>Free Weezy Album</i> 2015 studio album by Lil Wayne

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Composition and lyrics

"Let Me Love You" was written by Thomas Brown, Victoria McCants, Steven Franks, Ariana Grande and Dwayne Carter. The song was produced by Brown and Franks. It features American rapper Lil Wayne and contains an interpolation of the song "All the Time", recorded by Jeremih, Wayne and Natasha Mosley, and produced by Fki. "Let Me Love You" is a "a slow-paced sultry jam", [11] [12] having a laid back R&B melody, [7] [11] [3] delicate piano chords, electro-beats, [13] smooth, deep bass, [14] a steady beat, [15] trap-lite sound, hip-hop beats, [16] and interspersed vocals. [15] It features Grande's whispering vocals, [12] while also having "sultry, breathy falsetto singing and belted-out vocal runs." [17] In the chorus, her vocals are stuttered. [18] Wayne appears halfway through the track, and near the end they sing back and forth until it fades out. [13] Ariana's vocals on the song span from the low note of E3 to the high note of D5.

Thomas Lee "Tommy" Brown, also known as Tommy Brown or TB Hits, is an American recording artist, musician, multiplatinum record producer and songwriter. Tommy currently lives in LA and was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has received awards from ASCAP, and was Grammy nominated. He has scored multiple chart topping albums while working with Ariana Grande on her debut #1 album Yours Truly, and her second #1 album My Everything, lastly, Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman charting #2 on Billboard 200. Brown has also collected production credits for three songs on Grammy-award-winning artist Meghan Trainor's second album, Thank You. Brown's upcoming releases are DJ Khaled's next single "Forgive Me Father" feat Trainor & Wale, and Macy Gray's single "Sugar Daddy" feat Andre 3000. Tommy Brown is also a music producer. He has produced for many prominent artists including Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Chris Brown, Black Eyed Peas, T.I, Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Pia Mia, Macy Gray, Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, Meghan Trainor, Victoria Monet, Meek Mill, Ludacris, Ray J and Gorilla Zoe. He learned from production greats Roy "Royalty" Hamilton and Rodney Jerkins of Darkchild, while working alongside them and eventually creating a team of his own and producing with them.

Jeremih American singer, rapper and songwriter from Illinois

Jeremy Felton, better known by his stage name Jeremih, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings. Jeremih's commercial debut single, "Birthday Sex", peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His self-titled debut album reached number six on the US Billboard 200 chart. Jeremih's success continued with the release of his second album, All About You, led by the single "Down on Me", which also reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. In 2014, his single "Don't Tell 'Em" with YG became his third top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. After multiple delays, Jeremih released his third studio album, Late Nights in 2015. Jeremih's collab album with Ty Dolla Sign titled MihTy was released on August 24, 2018.

FKi is an American record production and songwriting team formed in 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. The team is composed of Trocon "FKi 1st" Roberts Jr. and Steven "Sauce Lord Rich" Bolden. They got their start in the music industry as engineers, after receiving their respective degrees from Full Sail University in 2009. In 2011, FKi had the opportunity to work at Atlanta-based production studio, Collipark Music, where the duo met music producer Mr. Hanky, who then introduced them to southern rap group Travis Porter; which eventually led to FKi producing the hits "Make It Rain" and "Bring It Back", for the aforementioned group. FKi went on to produce music for several prominent recording artists, including Iggy Azalea, T.I., Young Dro, YG, Travis Porter, Tyga and more.

Lyrically, "Let Me Love You" talks about getting over an ex and laying on the chest of someone new. [12] While "lying on some hunk's chest", she's just chilling and "looking for love", mostly "a one-night stand," [19] as stated by Digital Spy's Lewis Corner and seen in the lines: "I just broke up with my ex, now I'm out here single/ I don't really know what's next, but I ain't even tripping, I'ma chill and sit back/ I know they'll be coming from the right and the left, left, left." [15] Wayne responds to her verses with what was considered "catchy word play", such as "she's grinding on this Grande," [12] which turns the singer's last name into a sexual innuendo. [20] "And when it comes to that nigga, I'll give her amnesia / She just looking for love / She says she's single and I'm her feature, oh my God," he finishes his rap. [18]

A one-night stand is a single sexual encounter in which there is an expectation that there shall be no further relations between the sexual participants. The practice can be described as "sexual activity without emotional commitment or future involvement".

Digital Spy is a British-based entertainment, television and film website and brand and is the largest digital property at Hearst UK. Since its launch in 1999, 'DS' has focused on entertainment news related to television programmes, films, music and show business to a global audience. Digital Spy now reaches 23 million unique users per month, making it one of the 150 most visited websites in the UK, according to Alexa.

Word play literary technique

Word play or wordplay is a literary technique and a form of wit in which words used become the main subject of the work, primarily for the purpose of intended effect or amusement. Examples of word play include puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, double entendres, and telling character names.

Critical reception

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic picked the track as one of the album's highlights, praising the producers for "shepherding many of the cuts with a heavier R&B influence." [1] Larry Bartleet of NME named it one of the album's "nudge-nudge moments". [21] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone called it a "slow-burning, stifling track" that has "smoky late-night vibes." [18] Lewis Corner of Digital Spy noted that "the darker, sexier, and slower production certainly suggests this is a song for the early hours, rather than a romantic dinner for two." [19] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine was positive, writing that "despite the track's de rigueur chopped-up vocals standing in for an actual hook, the impeccably produced 'Let Me Love You' is reminiscent of Brandy's 'Angel in Disguise,' right down to Grande's breathy, hypnotic lead vocal." [22] John Hil of Noisey thought the song was "interesting" and felt excited about the other collaborations on the record. [14]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine American music journalist

Stephen Thomas Erlewine is an American music critic and senior editor for the online music database AllMusic. He is the author of many artist biographies and record reviews for AllMusic, as well as a freelance writer, occasionally contributing liner notes.

AllMusic Online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

Wren Graves of Consequence of Sound opined that, "The hook relies on the kind of electronic vocal manipulations we associate with a weaker voice, say Selena Gomez, but the verses are Grande at her mewling best." [23] Spin 's Andrew Unterberger stated that the song is "not quite irresistible, but it's mildly alluring" [24] Carolyn Menyes of Music Times claimed that it "may miss the sort of fiery hook that helped Grande's similarly-themed hit "Love Me Harder" such a success, but it gels flawlessly with the subdued offerings Grande has showed so far from what is sure to be her most mature record to date." [25] Quinn Moreland of Pitchfork was more mixed with Wayne's appearance, claiming that it was "one of Dangerous Woman's more surprising features, yet perhaps predictably," feeling that he seems "sleepy." [26] Nathan Wisnicki of Pretty Much Amazing agreed, calling it "tuneless" and that it has "a really lazy hook." [27]

Music video

Despite not being released as a single, a music video for the song was directed by Grant Singer and released exclusively on streaming service Apple Music on May 15, 2016. [28] [29] A week later, on May 22, the music video was released on her YouTube and Vevo channel (the same day her music video for "Into You" was released). As stated by Gil Kaufman of Billboard , "For the most part, Ariana lounges around on her bed and couch in her black leather bustier, shorts and high heels asking a new man if she can love him. And then Lil Wayne shows up in a puff of smoke trailing some XXL promises." [29] The music video spawned a nomination for Best Collaboration at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. [30] It surpassed 100 million views on October 25, 2016, making it Grande's thirteenth Vevo-certified music video after "Side to Side". [31]

Credits and personnel


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Dangerous Woman, Republic Records. [32]


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