West Side

Album: Positions (2020)
Charted: 71

Songfacts®:

  • "West Side" is an intimate statement of intent where Ariana Grande lays out her expectations of a new romance and outlines their future together. He tells her new beau if he joins her in simply following his emotions without thinking too much, it will lead to a loving relationship.
  • Show up, now if you're down to roll up
    Meet me on the west side for me


    The song is likely based on Grande's relationship with real estate agent Dalton Gomez. Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, on the east side of the United States. Gomez comes from Southern California, which is on the "West Side" of the US.
  • Grande penned the song with her friend and frequent co-writer Victoria Monét. They co-wrote six of the Positions tracks together.
  • This low-slung slice of R&B was produced by:

    Tommy "TBHits" Brown, who has worked with Ariana Grande since her debut album.

    German producer Xavier "Xavi" Herrera, who also co-produced "34+35."

    Ammar Junedi, also known as AJsounds, who is a producer based in Rotterdam. This is his first credit with a major artist.
  • The beat samples Aaliyah's 1996 single "One in a Million."
  • At 2:12 this is the shortest song on the Positions album. None of the 14 tracks exceed four minutes.

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