Three years after “Harlem Shake” took over the Internet, Baauer is back with another song. Moving an ocean away from the sounds of New York City, the Brooklyn-based producer teamed up with M.I.A. and South Korean rapper G-Dragon to release the bombastic “Temple,” which comes with a music video ahead of his upcoming Aa album.
The thumping song begins with a soft, calming intro that wouldn’t be out of place at a yoga class before M.I.A. brings the song into all its melodic trap glory. “Temple” is full of fierceness and power as the two rappers dominate a track backed by eastern-inspired strings and hypnotic percussion.
Once G-Dragon enters, the Big Bang frontman declares his supremacy over the haters, taking ownership of his reign as K-pop royalty. The song fits well with M.I.A. and G-Dragon’s individualistic rap styles, bringing them together for the song’s bridge — but only after giving G-Dragon the chance to rap in both Korean and English.
Empowering and transnational, “Temple” explores what music can be like when geographical boundaries are surpassed and conventions are broken.
While not his first collaborative track with a popular producer, this is the first time non K-Pop audiences are set to hear G-Dragon since he featured on Skrillex’s 2014 song “Dirty Vibe” with Diplo and CL of 2NE1.
“Temple” was first heard at New York Fashion Week last month, where it was played during Alexander Wang’s runway show. “Temple” is one of several songs Baauer’s dropped ahead of Aa‘s release on March 18.