Song of the Day #3,062: ‘Black Beatles’ – Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane

rae_sremmurdWelcome to the final 2016 installment of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To.’ Over the next two weeks I’ll take one last spin through Billboard’s Hot 100 to take the pop culture pulse.

In the #1 spot this week is ‘Black Beatles’ by Rae Sremmurd. What is a Rae Sremmurd, you ask (or at least I do)? It’s a hip-hop duo from Tupelo, Mississippi, whose stage name is their label — EarDrummers — spelled backward.

‘Black Beatles’ landed at #1 with a major assist from the Mannequin Challenge, the lastest viral sensation, wherin participants freeze in place.

A high school kid soundtracked his school’s Mannequin Challenge with ‘Black Beatles’ and the song became the unofficial theme song, culminating in Paul McCartney himself doing a freeze frame to the tune.

Unlike ‘Harlem Shake,’ which hit #1 only because of the numerous viral videos, ‘Black Beatles’ isn’t receiving Billboard credit from the actual Mannequin Challenge clips (something about how the song is licensed). But enough people have been exposed to the song and subsequently bought a copy to rocket it up the charts.

I see why. It’s a good song.

[Intro: Swae Lee & Gucci Mane]
Black Beatles in the city be back immediately to confiscate the moneys
(Ear Drummers)
Rae Sremm, Guwop, Mike WiLL!
I sent flowers, but you said you didn’t receive ‘em
But you said you didn’t need them

[Hook: Swae Lee]
That girl is a real crowd pleaser
Small world, all her friends know of me
Young bull living like an old geezer
Quick release the cash, watch it fall slowly
Frat girls still tryna get even
Haters mad for whatever reason
Smoke in the air, binge drinking
They lose it when the DJ drops the needle

[Verse 1: Swae Lee]
Getting so gone I’m not blinking
What in the world was I thinking?
New day, new money to be made
There is nothing to explain
I’m a fuckin’ black Beatle, cream seats in the Regal
Rockin John Lennon lenses like to see ‘em spread eagle
Took a bitch to the club and let her party on the table
Screaming “everybody’s famous”
Like clockwork, I blow it all
And get some more
Get you somebody that can do both
Black Beatles got the babes belly rolling
She think she love me
I think she trolling

[Hook: Swae Lee]
That girl is a real crowd pleaser
Small world, all her friends know of me
Young bull living like an old geezer
Quick release the cash, watch it fall slowly
Frat girls still tryna get even
Haters mad for whatever reason
Smoke in the air, binge drinking
They lose it when the DJ drops the needle

[Verse 2: Gucci Mane]
Came in with two girls, look like strippers in their real clothes
A broke hoe can only point me to a rich hoe
A yellow bitch with green hair, a real weirdo
Black man, yellow Lamb’, red light go
They seen that Guwop and them just came in through the side door
There’s so much money on the floor we buyin school clothes
Why you bring the money machine to the club for?
Pint of lean, pound of weed, and a kilo
I eurostep past a hater like I’m Rondo
I upgrade your baby mama to a condo
Like Chapos serving yayo to the gringos
Black Beatle, club close when I say so

[Hook: Swae Lee]
That girl is a real crowd pleaser
Small world, all her friends know of me
Young bull living like an old geezer
Quick release the cash, watch it fall slowly
Frat girls still tryna get even
Haters mad for whatever reason
Smoke in the air, binge drinking
They lose it when the DJ drops the needle

[Verse 3: Slim Jxmmi]
She’s a good teaser, and we blowing reefer
Your body like a work of art, baby
Don’t fuck with me, I’ll break your heart, baby
D&G on me I got a lot of flavor
15 hundred on my feet, I’m tryna kill these haters
I had haters when I was broke, I’m rich, I still got haters
I had hoes when I was broke, I’m rich, I’m still a player
I wear leather Gucci jackets like its still the 80’s
I’ve been blowing OG Kush, I feel a lil’ sedated
I can’t worry about a broke nigga or a hater
Black Beatle, bitch, me and Paul McCartney related

[Hook: Swae Lee]
That girl is a real crowd pleaser
Small world, all her friends know of me
Young bull living like an old geezer
Quick release the cash, watch it fall slowly
Frat girls still tryna get even
Haters mad for whatever reason
Smoke in the air, binge drinking
They lose it when the DJ drops the needle

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,062: ‘Black Beatles’ – Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane

  1. Dana says:

    I’m a late comer to these mannequin challenges and so this song is not on my radar. It’s fascinating though how these online viral videos can propel a song to number one.

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I really was impressed with this song considering the fact that I thought it’d be like the Harlem Shake in that I would never listen to the song if it didn’t become a viral sensation. Instead, every single time I was asked to compete in the Mannequin Challenge I really liked what I was hearing from it. Now that I’ve listened to the full version I do think it works better as a viral phenomenon than a song, but it’s pretty good.

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