Black Beatles is a theme by Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane. This theme was released in August 12 2016 via Eardruma/Interscope
Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi, Mike WiLL Made-It, and Gucci Mane team up on a track comparing themselves to the legendary English rock band The Beatles. The three rappers address their fame, women, and, most importantly, their money.
A month after its release as a Sremmlife 2 single “Black Beatles” gained popularity when it became affiliated with the “Mannequin Challenge,” a viral video sensation that captures people standing still as still as a mannequin while performing various acts. Sports teams, celebrities, schools, and even Rae Sremmurd themselves have participated in this challenge.
On November 14, 2016, it was revealed that the track had “rode the #MannequinChallenge” to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was both Rae Sremmurd’s and Gucci Mane’s first No. 1 single on the Hot 100.
How did Gucci Mane end up on this song?
MIKE WILL MADE-IT :
The beat was just an idea. I had bought this new laptop and then the first beat I had made on it was “Black Beatles” and I sent it to Swae Lee like, “Man here’s an idea I came up with the other day.”
He did “Black Beatles” immediately and sent it back like, “Yo tell me what you think about this. It’s a hook I just laid on there.” I’m like “Yo, this shit hard!”
At the time I was over at Gucci’s house, so I was like, “Gucci, you know we gotta have you on SremmLife 2.” And then he was like “I wanna be on there.”
I played him the song with Swae Lee on the hook and he was like “Yeah this shit a banger. I’m gonna hop on it.” Gucci hopped on it and then I let Jxmmi hear the whole thing and Jxmmi knocked it out right away.
Swae sent me like two verses and we ended up like combining two verses together and that’s how we got “Black Beatles”.
How does Gucci Mane feel about the song's success?
In an interview with ESPN’s His & Hers, he said:
It’s a huge accomplishment. I’m so grateful to even be on that track. That’s the biggest record right now in America, and I’m just proud of it. When I got the track I knew it was a hit… but you never know how far things are gonna go. Every time I’m in the studio I’m aiming for the fences.
Why is this song associated with the "#MannequinChallenge"?
Early versions of the challenge began surfacing with “Black Beatles” as the background music. Due to its inclusion in the viral craze Rae Sremmurd paused a concert to do a #MannequinChallenge video live on stage, which only served to heighten its use.
Is this the first collaboration between Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane?
Yes, this is the first collaboration between the duo and Big Guwop. Their link? Rae Sremmurd’s label boss and go-to producer Mike Will Made-It was discovered and put on by Gucci, with collabs dating all the way back to 2007.
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