Much like was the case with Harlem Shake back in 2013, another internet sensation helped a song top the charts. Known as Mannequin Challenge, it involves a group of people frozen in certain positions and the camera going over each one of them to make the watcher understand the scenario. The resulting videos are set over the song Black Beatles by hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. The phenomenon started in October of this year, but soon enough everybody from sport teams to celebrities started doing their own version. Even Sir Paul McCartney himself did it.
As you may have guessed, Black Beatles is a song that directly references the Fab Four, with lyrics such as “Rockin John Lennon lenses like to see ‘em spread eagle” or “Black Beatle, bitch, me and Paul McCartney related”. With its obvious classification in the genre of trap, it makes sense that Gucci Mane – one of the genre’s pioneers – is featured with a guest verse. And while the tune may now look like the definite highlight of Rae Sremmurd’s 2nd album, it was actually the last one recorded for it: “Our album was due in three days, and it was getting out in two days. […] It barely made our album”, says member Swae Lee.
Black Beatles is currently in its 3rd week at number one in Billboard Top 100.