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"Black Beatles"
Black Beatles (Madsonik Remix) - Single 1.jpgcover artwork for the official remix
Single by Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane
from the album SremmLife 2
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2016
FormatDigital download
Recorded2016
Genre
  • Hip hop
  • trap
Length4:51
Label
  • EarDrummers
  • Interscope
Writer(s)
  • Khalif Brown
  • Aaquil Brown
  • Radric Davis
  • Michael Williams
Producer(s)Mike Will Made It
Rae Sremmurd singles chronology

"Black Beatles" is a song by American hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. It was released on September 13, 2016 by EarDrummers and Interscope Records as the third single from their second studio album SremmLife 2. The song features guest vocals from American rapper Gucci Mane and is produced by Mike Will Made It.

Following viral exposure, due in large part to its role in the Mannequin Challenge trend, it became both Rae Sremmurd's and Gucci Mane's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and their first top ten appearance in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Critical reception
  • 3 Commercial performance
  • 4 Music video
  • 5 Usage in media
  • 6 Charts
    • 6.1 Weekly charts
    • 6.2 Year-end charts
  • 7 Certifications and sales
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Background

The song was one of the last tracks recorded for SremmLife 2 and was a major reason for the album's delay from its planned June release date.[1]

Critical reception

Andrew Unterburger of Billboard stated "Black Beatles" "is also a vital, quintessentially youthful song, which is extremely welcome in this oncoming era of social conservatism. Though both brothers Khalif 'Swae Lee' Brown and Aaquil 'Slim Jxmmi' Brown are now of legal voting age, as an entity Rae Sremmurd remains decidedly new-wave, part of Atlanta's bumper crop of young MCs who are less concerned with paying fealty to hip-hop history than they are with blowing out the genre's formalistic constraints to their own thrilling, individualistic ends. Which isn't to say that the Chainsmokers and Halsey were stodgy and back-to-basics, either -- 'Closer' was, in some ways, a blockbusting song in its own right—but after 12 weeks, any song becomes Establishment. Change was needed, and change was delivered." He also stated that while "'Black Beatles' is certainly not an explicitly political song, and the duo might understandably roll their eyes at any reading of their now-signature hit that suggests that it is," he praised the duo for the group's tribute to the Beatles and their ability to subvert expectations of the status quo.[2]

Rolling Stone's editor Rob Sheffield ranked "Black Beatles" at number ten in his year-end list:

"No wonder Macca himself is a fan. The rap duo come together and rock their John Lennon lenses with a party-and-bullshit anthem so undeniable it hit Number One. Everybody's welcome at their club: young bloods, old geezers, weirdo girls with green hair, dealers, haters, Gucci Mane. A blunted time is guaranteed for all."[3]

Pitchfork would later list "Black Beatles" on their ranking of the 100 best songs of 2016 at number 10.[4] Meanwhile, Billboard named "Black Beatles" the best pop song of 2016.[5] In the annual Village Voice's Pazz & Jop mass critics poll of the year's best in music in 2016, "Black Beatles" was ranked at number 4.[6]

Commercial performance

"Black Beatles" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming both Rae Sremmurd's and Gucci Mane's first number one single and the most successful yet of their careers, as well as surpassing The Chainsmokers and Halsey's "Closer", which held the #1 spot for 12 consecutive weeks.[7] The song has topped the chart for seven non-consecutive weeks. On the issue dated January 7, 2017, it was surpassed by "Starboy" by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, though returned to the top position the following week.[8][9] It also peaked at number one in Indonesia and New Zealand. The song had already entered the top 20 of the US Billboard charts before its surge in performance following the Mannequin Challenge. It dropped out of the top ten on February 25, 2017, after spending fourteen consecutive weeks there.[10] It also peaked at number two in the UK and number three in Ireland, Canada and Australia, becoming both artists' highest-charting single in those countries.

As of February 11, 2017, "Black Beatles" has sold 1,188,000 copies in the United States.[11] The track has also been certified 5x platinum.[12]

In the UK Singles Chart, the song debuted at number 36 on the week ending on 17 November 2016. The following week, it rose to number four, before spending three consecutive weeks at number two.

Music video

On September 22, 2016, the music video for "Black Beatles" was released on Rae Sremmurd's Vevo account on YouTube. It was directed by Motion Family.

Usage in media

On October 26, 2016, the Mannequin Challenge went viral. The trend involves shooting footage of a crowd standing frozen in place, often using "Black Beatles" as background music.[13][14]

On November 30, 2016, Nicki Minaj and Mike Will Made It released a remix of the song together titled "Black Barbies". It uses the instrumental from the song, and similar lyrics. This version peaked at 65 in the United States and 78 in Canada.[citation needed]

This song is also heard in the television show Empire (season 3, 8th episode).

See also

  • List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 2016
  • List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 2017
  • List of number-one singles from the 2010s (New Zealand)
  • List of number-one urban singles of 2016 (Australia)

References

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  3. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2016". Rolling Stone. November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2016". Pitchfork Media. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks". 
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  8. ^ Trust, Gary. "The Weeknd's 'Starboy,' Featuring Daft Punk, Hits No. 1 on Hot 100". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rae Sremmurd Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100, Migos Soars to Top 10". Billboard. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
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External links

  • Audio on YouTube
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
   

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